Cape Breton University is excited to offer a new and innovative, interdisciplinary degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science in Environment (BAS Environment). BAS Environment provides the opportunity for CBU students to constructively and profoundly engage with issues relating to sustainability, environment and community in practical ways. The first class of students will enrol in September 2017.
“Students in the BAS Environment will pursue three streams simultaneously: a science concentration, an arts/social science concentration, and a core set of environmentally-themed courses specially designed for this program,” says Dr. Deanne van Rooyen, Assistant Professor of Geology. “During their time in the BAS Environment students will have opportunities to focus in Indigenous knowledge and contributions, engage in field-based learning outside the classroom, design and execute independent original research projects, and engage with issues relevant to students and communities.”
The BAS Environment program is also meant to function as a hub where students and faculty can work together on issues that they are passionate about and where students can nurture and develop their own understandings of environmental issues.
“BAS Environment represents the best of CBU’s strengths, which are the close student-faculty relationships and the idea that students can really direct their own paths and follow their own interests,” says Dr. Dana Mount, Assistant Professor, English and Assistant Dean of Research, Teaching & Graduate Studies. “Students who choose BAS Environment are at an advantage because they develop relationships with the two different schools, and this ultimately creates more mentorship, guidance and interdisciplinary learning.”
Not only is the interdisciplinary degree unique, but Cape Breton’s environment also offers one-of-a-kind learning experiences. “We have one of the largest site remediation programs in Canada on our doorstep, the wilderness and ocean in our backyard, and we live next door to thriving Mi’kmaq communities,” says Dr. Mount.
Graduates of this program will emerge with sound research and writing skills, a multifaceted knowledge of local and global environmental issues, and a passion to make change. This program will also open the door for opportunities for collaborative learning and research with local Mi’kmaq communities.