Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BA Program)

Ken Otter, Acting Chair
Annie Booth, Professor
Art Fredeen, Professor
Scott Green, Associate Professor
Zo? Meletis, Associate Professor
Sinead Earley, Assistant Professor

Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability Studies emphasizes a social science and humanities perspective on environmental and sustainability challenges and opportunities. The program provides a strong philosophical, social and scientific basis for understanding the full diversity of environmental and sustainability issues. It positions students to be effective agents of social and environmental innovation, who can promote mitigation of, and/or adaptation to, environmental challenges. Understanding the foundations of environmental citizenship is emphasized. The degree offers students substantial opportunity for experiential learning through a number of courses.

Students must complete the common degree requirements, the requirements of the Area of Specialization and elective credit hours in any subject as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

100 Level
BIOL 110-3 Introductory Ecology
CHEM 110-3 Chemistry of Everyday Life
???? or CHEM 100-3 General Chemistry I
???? or ENSC 201-3 Weather and Climate
???? or ENSC 202-3 Introduction to Aquatic Systems
???? or MATH 150-3 Finite Mathematics for Business and Economics
???? or MATH 152-3 Calculus for Non-majors
???? or PHYS 150-3 Physics for Future Leaders
ENVS 101-3? Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
FNST 100-3 The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
GEOG 101-3 Planet Earth
POLS 100-3 Contemporary Political Issues

Note:? CPSC 150-3 (Computer Applications) is recommended for students without computing experience.

200 Level
ENGL 270-3 Introduction to Expository Writing
????? or ENGL 271-3 Creative Writing
ENVS 225-3 Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
ENVS 230-3 Introduction to Environmental Policy
GEOG 204-3 Introduction to GIS
PHIL 202-3 Comparative Religion
? ?? or FNST 303-3
First Nations Religion and Philosophy?

Upper-Division Requirement

300 Level
Human Ecology
Gender and Environmental Studies
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement?
Carbon and Energy Management
First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management

400 Level
Environmental Law
Environmental and Professional Ethics
Environmental and Sustainability Policies
Internship?
Tenure, Conflict and Resource Geography
Environmental Justice
???? or GEOG 305-3
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
Professional Writing and Undergraduate Report
???? or NRES 430-6
Undergraduate Thesis?
Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour?
? ?? or ORTM 408-3
The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism?
Areas of Specialization
Students must choose one of the following Areas of Specialization. Courses use to fulfill major requirements above may not be used to satisfy an Area of Specialization requirement.?
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Global Environmental Studies

Required:
Social Geography
Introduction to Global Studies
Eight of the following:
Cultural Geography
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making (if NOT taken as a requirement for the major)
Critical Development Geographies
Changing Arctic: Human and Environmental System
Geographies of Culture, Rights & Power?
Introduction to the Circumpolar North?
Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North 1?
Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar North 1
International Dimensions of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism?
Communities and Environmental Citizenship

Required:
Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology?
Social Geography
Geographies of Culture, Rights and Power?
Choose six of the following:?
Introduction to Canadian Business?
Organizational Behaviour?
Environment and Society
Mediation, Negotiation & Public Participation?
Rural Community Economic Development?
Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities
First Nations Perspectives on Race, Class, Gender and Power?
Migration and Development
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
Health Geography
Foundations of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism?
Recreation, Tourism and Communities?
Municipal Government and Politics?
Natural Resource Management

Students should note that some of these courses have prerequisites.? It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they have completed these prerequisites.

Required:
Field Skills
Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation
The Practice of Conservation
Foundations of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism
One of the following:
Introduction to Traditional Ecological Knowledge?
Cartography and Geomatics
Resource Inventories and Measurements?
Integrated Resource Management
Sustainable Outdoor Recreation and Tourism?
Four of the following:
Mediation, Negotiation & Public Participation?
Environmental Impact Assessment?
Low Carbon Energy Development
Field Applications in Resource Management?
Natural Resources Planning?
Conservation Planning
Recreation and Tourism Impacts?
Protected Area Planning and Management?
Conservation Area Design and Management?
Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar North
Indigenous Perspectives

Three of the following:
Ethnography of Northern British Columbia?
Contemporary Challenges Facing Aboriginal Communities
Aboriginal Resource Planning?
Social Geography
Six of the following:
Ethnobotany
First Nations Community and Environmental Planning?
Aboriginal Medicines I - Harvesting and Preservation ?
Research Methods in First Nations Studies?
First Nations Religion and Philosophy?
First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge?
Traditional Use Studies?
Cultural Geography?
First Nations and Indigenous Geography?
Aboriginal People in Canada?
Indigenous Tourism and Recreation?
Electives and Academic Breadth Requirement

Elective credit hours are required as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours, including any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (See Academic Regulation 15).? Electives may be at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.

Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (Okanagan Diploma in Environmental Studies Degree Completion)

This 60 credit-hour program of study is available only to students from Okanagan College with a diploma in Environmental Studies (Environmental Management Option or Interdisciplinary Environmental Arts Option).

If the diploma in Environmental Studies is completed, with the course choices noted*, the completion of the following courses through UNBC will result in the completion of the BA in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.

*NOTE: Students must take Okanagan College's PHIL 251 Environmental Ethics, WMST 222 Ecofeminism and GEOG 210 Introduction to Environmental Issues as part of their course choices at Okanagan College, or additional UNBC courses meeting these requirements will be required.

**NOTE: Students from Okanagan College must have completed either ANTH 245 OR GEOG 311 at Okanagan College. Students who have completed Okanagan College's ANTH 245 will not be required to take UNBC’s ENVS 306.Students who have completed Okanagan College's GEOG 311will not be required to take UNBC’s ENVS 225. Students may not receive credit towards completion of Bachelor of Arts in Environmental and Sustainability for both ANTH 245 and GEOG
311.
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Degree requirements: ?? Diploma in Environmental Studies from Okanagan College, minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.00, plus 36 credit hours

Area of focus:?????????????? 24 to 29 credit hours
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Elective credit hours in any subject as necessary to ensure completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours at UNBC.

Lower-Division Requirement
Introductory Ecology
???? or POLS 100-3
Contemporary Political Issues
Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
Human Ecology
*Students who have completed the Interdisciplinary Arts diploma option should take BIOL 110-3, and students who have completed the Environmental Management diploma option should take POLS 100-3.

Upper-Division Requirement
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300 Level
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement?
Carbon and Energy Management
First Nations’ Approaches to Resource Management?
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400 Level
Environmental Law
Environmental and Sustainability Policies
Internship
Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
Total: 30 credit hours
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Area of Specialization

Students must choose one of the following areas of specialization.
  1. Global Environmental Studies
  2. Communities and Environmental Citizenship
  3. Natural Resource Management
  4. Indigenous Perspectives
Courses used to fulfill major requirements above may not be used to fulfill an Area of Specialization requirement.


English and Environmental and Sustainability Studies Joint Major

See Calendar Entry under English


Joint Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Political Science

The Joint Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Political Science is for students who want both a broad understanding of environmental issues and the political knowledge needed to respond to those issues. The minimum requirement for completion of a Bachelor of Arts with a Joint Major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and Political Science is 120 credit hours.


Program Requirements

Lower-Division Requirement

BIOL 110-3 Introduction to Ecology
???? or NREM 101-3 Introduction to Natural Resources Management and Conservation
ENVS 101-3 Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
ENVS 225-3 Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
ENVS 230-3 Introduction to Environmental Policy
FNST 100-3 The Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
GEOG 101-3 Planet Earth
INTS 100-3 Introduction to Global Studies
POLS 100-3 Contemporary Political Issues
GEOG 204-3 Introduction to GIS
? ? ?or?GEOG 205-3 Cartography and Geomatics
POLS 200-3 Canadian Government and Politics
POLS 202-3 Canada in Comparative Perspective
POLS 270-3 Political Philosophy: Antiquity to Early Modernity
Upper-Division Requirement
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Human Ecology
ENVS 309-3 Gender and Environmental Studies
? or GEOG 305-3 Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
? or GEOG 420-3 Environmental Justice
ENVS 326-3 Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement
FNST 304-3 First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge
? or NREM 303-3 First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management
NREM 306-3 Society, Policy and Administration
? or POLS 344-3 Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources
POLS 302-3 How Government Works
? or POLS 320-3 Canadian Politics and Policy
POLS 303-3 Democracy and Democratization
POLS 370-3 Political Philosophy: Early Modernity to Post-Modernity
? or POLS 372-3 Theories of Justice
ENPL 401-3 Environmental Law
ENVS 440-(2-6) Internship
? or POLS 440-3 Internship I
ORTM 408-3 The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism
? or PSYC 408-3 Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour
POLS 400-3 Classics in Political Philosophy
? or POLS 472-3 Seminar in Political Philosophy
POLS 413-3 Democracy and Diversity
? or POLS 415-3 Comparative Northern Development
One of the following:
NRES 421-1 Professional Writing
and NRES 422-2 Undergraduate Report
? ? ?OR
NRES 430-6 Undergraduate Thesis

Elective and Academic Breadth Requirement
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Students take electives at any level in any subject sufficient to ensure completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours.? This includes taking any additional credits necessary to meet the Academic Breadth requirement of the University (see Academic Regulation 15).

Minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies

The minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies offers an opportunity for students in other disciplines to learn how individual lives are connected with environmental systems, and to gain understanding and perspective on key environmental and sustainability issues. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also
be used to fulfill requirements for a minor in Environmental Studies.

The minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies requires the completion of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level.

Required
Introduction to Environmental Citizenship
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Environmental and Professional Ethics
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Three of the following:
Sustainable Communities: Structure and Sociology
Environmental Law?
Women and Environmental Studies
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues and Public Engagement
Environmental and Sustainability Policies
First Nations Environmental Philosophy and Knowledge?
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography?
Environmental Justice?
First Nations' Approaches to Resource Management
The Psychology of Recreation and Tourism?
Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour?
Minor in Global Environmental Change

The Global Environmental Change minor offers students a well-rounded perspective on global change issues.? The minor? encompasses the science of global change and change predictions, the political realities of environmental change and the way policy intersects with science.

The Global Environmental Change minor requires the completion of 21 credit hours, 12 of which must be at the upper-division level. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill program requirements for a major or another minor may also be used to fulfill requirements for the Global Environmental Change minor.

Students must complete ENVS 225-3 and at least 9 credit hours from each of the two lists of courses indicated below for a total of 21 credit hours overall.?

Required
Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
Three of the following:?
Introductory Ecology?
Ecology
Plant Ecology
Introduction to Atmospheric Science
Northern Contaminated Environments
Biometeorology
Storms
Air Pollution
Human Ecology
Remote Sensing
?Three of the following:
Environmental Economics and Environmental Policy
Environment and Society?
Sustainable Communities:? Structure and Sociology
Environmental Impact Assessment
Environmental Law
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Political Ecology: Environmental Knowledge and Decision-Making
Tenure, Conflict, and Resource Geography
Environmental Justice
Introduction to Environmental History
Topics in Environmental History
Introduction to Global Studies
International Organization
Sustainable Resource Recreation and Tourism
Contemporary Political Issues
Society, Policy and Administration of Natural Resources
Environmental Problems and Human Behaviour
Minor in Social Dimensions of Natural Resources Management

The minor in Social Dimensions of Natural Resources Management prepares students to engage the public and First Nations in collaborative processes dealing with the range of values encompassed within the practice of natural resources management. By completing the minor, students become familiar with planning policy and practice as it applies to natural resources management, the range of values and social considerations that apply to a number of resource sectors, and tools for soliciting and involving multi-stakeholder interests. The minor in Social Dimensions of Natural Resources Management requires the completion of a minimum of 24 credit hours of study. A maximum of two courses (6 credit hours) used to fulfill the requirements for a major, or another minor, may also be used to fulfill requirements for this minor. Students must ensure that all prerequisites are fulfilled prior to registering in any course.

Required Courses
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Environmental Law
One of the following:
Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation
ENVS 326-3 Natural Resources, Environmental Issues, and Public Engagement
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One of the following:
POLS 332-3
Community Development
POLS 434-3 Resource Communities in Transition
An additional five of the following courses (no more than two courses in any single program [e.g., ENPL]):
Ethnobotany
Introduction to Planning
Mediation, Negotiation and Public Participation
Social Research Methods
Advanced First Nations Community and Environmental Planning
Global Environmental Change: Sustainability
Natural Resources, Environmental Issues, and Public Engagement
Introduction to Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Indigenous Environmental Philosophy
Internship
Tenure, Conflict and Resource Geography
First Nations and Indigenous Geographies
Northern Communities
Topics in Environmental History
Agroforestry
Sustainable Recreation and Tourism
Municipal Government and Politics
Community Development
POLS 434-3 Resource Communities in Transition
Updated: July 3, 2020