Environmental and Sustainability Studies (BA, BCD)

Environmental and Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary subject that will challenge you to combine skills and knowledge from a variety of different fields. You will gain a more complete understanding of natural and human environments, and you will be ready to lead change.

Acadia’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESST) major develops environmental leaders, managers and professionals who are critical and insightful thinkers as well as creative problem solvers. We strive for you to become skilled in leading transformational change towards more sustainable, just, and socially responsible lifestyles, communities, institutions and societies through a broad range of career pathways across the non-profit, government and private sectors. Your professors are productive and respected researchers and scholars who are fully immersed in solving critical and pressing environmental and sustainability problems as well as creating a stimulating learning setting.

Be Inspired

ESST is academically challenging with a focus on interdisciplinary learning that takes a conceptual problem-solving approach to understanding and tackling major sustainability issues in society. Our experiential learning approach serves to integrate both the conceptual and applied aspects of the program. Service to the community and society through engaged learning opportunities is the cornerstone of your Acadia experience. Through these experiences, you will further develop your sense of citizenship, especially with respect to environmental and sustainable stewardship.

Future Careers

  • Alternative energy policy analysis and implementation
  • Community sustainability planning
  • Ecotourism
  • Environmental education
  • Environmental research
  • Government environmental and sustainability positions
  • Green business and purchasing
  • Law
  • Non-governmental environmental organizations
  • Park and open spaces management
  • Policy analysis
  • Sustainable food systems
  • Teaching

First Year at a Glance

Semester One

ESST 1003
Sustainability Concepts & Systems
ENGL 1413
Writing & Reading Critically 1
CODE 1023
Environment & Sustainable Society
Your choice
Your choice

Semester Two

ESST 1023
Environmental Perspectives
ENGL 1423
Writing & Reading Critically 2
Your choice
Your choice
Your choice

Co-Op Available: Yes
Co-op Information

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
ESST Student Society
Acadia Farm
Acadia Sustainability Office
Acadia Tidal Energy Institute
Community Outreach Acadia
Slow Food Acadia


Environmental and Sustainability Studies
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 224
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6