The Environmental Studies Program is a multidisciplinary program, based on social sciences, humanities and sciences. Students can develop innovative interdisciplinary approaches to understanding the environment and human roles and responsibilities. For example, students may select courses in environmental science, law, political science, economics, geography, philosophy and psychology in order to understand human relationships with the environment and how to formulate effective strategies for change. Individual programs may be enriched through guidance in selecting from a wide range of courses offered by other university departments.

To receive more information on our program contact:

Undergraduate Administrator

  • Karen Tucker
    (613) 520-2561
  • Contact for questions about your audit, course selection and program requirements.

Undergraduate Program SupervisorĀ & Advisor

  • Jill Wigle
    (613) 520-2600 ext. 8552
  • Contact for program advice and guidance.

Human beings and nature

How do they interact and how does this interaction impact the environment? How does our society transform nature? The environment consists of a highly complex set of interactive systems of which humans are an important, perhaps even dominant, element. Decisions made by specific individuals, institutions, governments, industries, and economic and military interests have the ability to impact the environment, communities and other individuals. Issues associated with the distribution of costs and benefits of development and conservation are extremely important to the future of the environmental debate. Underlying concerns about values and ethical guidelines for good environmental practice are also critical for the development of informed opinion about environmental issues.