Environmental Science (BSc)

Environmental science students explore the complex relationships between humans and the environment, drawing on a diverse range of disciplines. This is your opportunity to study some of the biggest challenges facing our planet.

You can study environmental science at both the BSc and BSc (honours) level. Acadia’s program is accredited by Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada. It includes a core of courses at the first and second year levels in biology, earth science and chemistry, with a central theme of environmental science courses that provide a thread tying the other courses together. Focus areas in the four-year program may be designed to address your individual needs but can also be selected from ecology, conversation biology, environmental geoscience, environmental policy and sustainable development. The degree requires an intensive field course in environmental science and a thesis project for honours students. An award-winning co-op option is also available that lets you alternate work terms with study terms, meaning you can earn while you learn.

Be Inspired

You will learn by doing as an environmental science student at Acadia. The program is multidisciplinary and offers small class sizes, excellent teaching facilities, state-of-the-art science labs, a university commitment to conduct research on the environment, and an engaged faculty. A close-knit community ensures that you will develop a strong network, which often continues long past graduation.

Future Careers

  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental remediation
  • Agriculture
  • Conservation ecology
  • Ecotoxicologist
  • Environmental law
  • Environmental policy
  • Fisheries
  • Geographer
  • Geomatics professional
  • Natural resources management
  • Resource conservation
  • Soil conservation

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

ENVS 1013
Introduction to Environmental Science 1
CHEM 1013
Fundamental Chemistry 1
BIOL 1113
Organisms and their Environment 1
GEOL 1013
Our Dynamic Earth
Your choice

Semester Two

ENVS 1023
Introduction to Environmental Science 2
CHEM 1023
Fundamental Chemistry 2
BIOL 1123
Organisms and their Environment 2
GEOL 1023
Earth History: Global Change Through Time
Your choice

Co-op Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Environmental Science Students' Association
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Earth and Environmental Science
Huggins Science Hall, Room 327
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6