Environmental Studies

Program Snapshot

Contribute To A Future We Can All Count On

In Cape Breton, one of the most biodiverse places on earth, you’re connected to the environment in unbelievable ways. Through a unique ecosystem with untouched elements on land, sea and air, discoveries are as abundant as opportunities.

Environmental studies at CBU provides you with the skills you need to thrive in the same real world you observe and assess. The rugged, natural landscapes surrounding you are ripe for discovery. While every student gains an understanding of the fundamental sciences, including biology, chemistry, and geology, as well as engineering principles with a focus on the environment, it’s the individual experience that is most important.

This program gives you the chance to examine key environmental subjects. Take part in air quality, water and soil assessments, waste management, sustainable development and environmental policy. All the while, building up your skills to take your next big step in life. Graduates from this program have secured successful careers in the technology industry, consulting with government, and with various public and private corporations.

What skills will I gain from this program?

  • Understand the interconnectedness of physical, chemical, and biological processes in natural and built environments.
  • Balance environmental sustainability with economic development and technological progress.
  • Perform contaminated site assessments.
  • Perform environmental impact assessments.
  • Measure water, soil, and air quality and determine appropriate pollution control and treatment strategies.

Why study at CBU?

At CBU, you’ll have incredible access to research opportunities and faculty who help guide you in real-world settings. If you’re looking for a future filled with adventure and discovery, you’ve found it.

Because the connection to our environment is strong, and our ocean-based setting is so prevalent, CBU provides plenty of opportunities for field trips and immersive experiences in environmental sustainability, exploring the impacts of large industrial remediation projects.

Our fast-growing engineering department also provides plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning and one-on-one instruction.

Sample Courses

  • ENVI3131: Environmental Site Assessment I
  • ENVI3136: Engineering for Sustainable Development I
  • ENVI3831: Environmental Research Project

Possible Career Paths

  • Environmental field technician
  • Government clerk
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental remediation professional
  • Water/wastewater treatment professional

Program Requirements

Please select your province for specific admission requirements.

General Requirements for High School Graduates

  • See CBU’s English Language Requirements here.
  • English 12 (academic or advanced)
  • Math 12 (academic or advanced)
  • 2 Science 12 level (chemistry & physics recommended)
  • 1 additional grade 12 academic or advanced level course

Please select your country to view admission requirements.

Transfer Student Requirements

  • In order to transfer to CBU you must be in good academic standing at your current/previous institution.
  • You must meet the general admissions requirements (or the post-secondary equivalent) for the program, found under the Canadian or International tabs of this tool.
  • To see if your institution is an articulation partner, please view our articulation agreements page.
  • Please email us if you have specific questions about admission requirements and transferring to CBU:

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