Acadia Environmental Science program receives national accreditation

Acadia’s program one of only three accredited in Canada.

Acadia University’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program has been accredited by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC). The Commission is part of Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada) and its accreditation process demonstrates to students, parents, educators and industry that post-secondary environmental programs have met a national standard.

“Achieving CEAC accreditation is an important milestone for our environmental science program,” said Dr. Tom Herman, Acadia’s vice-president, academic. “We launched our program in 1995, well before national standards were in place. Our commitment to inter-disciplinary study, constant renewal of course material and emphasis on pursuing community-based research have positioned Acadia’s program to become one of only three accredited university programs in environmental science in the country. This is a significant accomplishment that recognizes the work of our faculty who are passionate about environmental research and instruction, and its application to environmental management.”

Since 1995, Acadia has produced more than 160 graduates of its environmental science program, including 66 research-based Honours degrees. The program is a combination of scientific disciplines including environmental science, biology, geology and chemistry with broader courses such as public policy and law. The program responds to a growing demand within the global workplace for scientifically literate graduates with specific knowledge and expertise in environmental matters.

“Graduates of Acadia’s environmental science program have gone on to successful careers in industry, public policy, and education,” said Dr. Herman. “We are seeing an increased level of interest in this field from students entering the sciences who see a career path in a field that directly addresses our planet’s sustainability. We believe student interest in this program will continue to grow and Acadia’s reputation as a centre of research excellence in this area will help attract them to our campus.”

About ECO Canada

ECO Canada is a not-for-profit organization that was first established in 1992 under the federal government’s Sector Council initiative.

Over the past 18 years, ECO Canada has grown into its own as an organization focused on supporting Canada’s environment industry by communicating with industry stakeholders, conducting research and creating the necessary resources required to address human resource needs in order to ensure the success of this dynamic sector.  

About Acadia

Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada’s premier post-secondary institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized undergraduate and graduate research initiatives, small classes and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. Acadia also offers distance learning, certificate programs, language training and other university extension programs through Open Acadia. For more information about Acadia University, visit our website at



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