Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment

Program Snapshot

Create A Sustainable Future

Help contribute to a future we can all be proud of with a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BASE). This is CBU’s first fully interdisciplinary degree, taking advantage of the natural resources available among the breathtaking scenery on Cape Breton Island. The BASE program reflects a university-wide commitment to teaching and research in environment and sustainability, and is enriched by Indigenous perspectives. With dedicated professors and unprecedented research opportunities, the breadth of the BASE program ensures graduates have wide-ranging skill sets.

When you enroll in BASE, you are immersed in three streams simultaneously: a science concentration; an arts/social science concentration; and a core set of environment-themed courses specially designed for this program.

Each year, the themes of these courses may change to reflect our world-class faculty’s specialties or timely environmental issues. Respect for, and inclusion of, Indigenous knowledge is a guiding principle of BASE. All students will have the opportunity to take Mi’kmaq Studies courses toward their degree, preparing you to be an active and responsible agent in the development of sustainable environmental practices.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Communication and writing in science and arts/humanities fields.
  • Critical thinking skills.
  • Experience in multiple academic disciplines.
  • Solid background in science and arts/humanities/social science.
  • Deep knowledge of relevant environmental issues.

Why study at CBU?

This dynamic program attracts students from around the globe who are passionate about making a positive impact on the ever-changing world around them.

The BASE program was developed with two primary objectives: to bridge the arts and sciences; and to provide a unique education in environmental issues and sustainability.

The entire island is yours to explore. That’s why you’ll find learning outcomes include knowledge about local and global environmental issues, as well as practical skills in writing, and quantitative and qualitative analysis. Plus, the fluid communication of ideas in a small-knit community means your hard work will get noticed. At its core, this program prepares students to consider environmental issues from a broad range of angles, and to develop interdisciplinary approaches to creating solutions.

BASE at CBU invites applications from creative students who are committed to a more sustainable future, and who may already be engaging in community or environmental activism. In order to complete your application to CBU’s Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment, a Letter of Interest must be completed in addition to the official online application. Learn about what you should include in your letter here.

Sample Courses

  • ENVS3104 Field Course
  • ENVS4101 Resources and the Environment
  • ENVS4103 Global Environmental Issues

Possible Career Paths

  • Conservation
  • Environmental advocacy
  • Policy and government
  • Education
  • Resource management
  • Communication

Experiential Learning Opportunities

  • Field Course (ENVS3104)
  • Volunteer and extracurricular opportunities (e. CBU Environmental Society, Science Atlantic Environment Conference)
  • Co-op option, examples include:
    • Parks Canada technical positions
    • Parks Canada Outreach and Education positions
    • ACAP
    • Cape Breton Fish Harvesters Association technical positions
    • CBU research assistantships
    • Tourism organizations outreach positions

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