The bachelor of arts (major in environmental studies) is no longer being offered. This program has been merged with the bachelor of resource management (major in sustainable resource management) to form the bachelor of environment and sustainability (with majors in (i) environmental studies and (ii) resource management). Students who are already enrolled in this major may complete the program in accordance with the academic regulations outlined in Memorial University's academic calendar for the year they enrolled in the program, or may instead switch to the bachelor of environment and sustainability following consultation with the program chair and by completing a Change of Academic Program form.
The environmental studies (BES) program bridges scientific concerns
about natural resources with policy development and management. The four-year
degree program draws on existing courses shared among different programs at
Grenfell Campus and also introduces new courses.
Why study environmental studies at Grenfell?
Human demands on our precious natural resources are
increasing. The need to protect these resources is greater than ever. Our
society, economy and planet need educated professionals who can find that
Environmental studies is ideal for students who
love the outdoors and are looking to design environmental solutions for the
future. It is about better managing our valuable renewable and nonrenewable
resources. You’ll take a holistic approach, exploring ethics, economics,
science, activism and policy. You’ll look at issues through both local and
global lenses. You’ll explore the issues of environmental economics, including
the complex relationships between scarcity and demand, and abundance and waste.
You can avail of hands-on learning through field courses
offered at Bonne Bay Marine Station.
This is a multidisciplinary degree that equips you with the
knowledge and skills to become a responsible, passionate resource manager.
You‘ll gain a broad theoretical perspective on resource management, and you‘ll
learn to apply it to renewable and non-renewable resources. You will experience
the amazing nature of western Newfoundland during the outdoor pursuits course
where you will learn skills like kayaking, skiing, low impact camping and
Learning about natural resources cannot be confined to a
classroom. In Corner Brook, you’ll have lots of opportunities to see first hand
the resource management challenges and opportunities presented by local
industry. We’ve got pulp and paper, hydroelectricity, oil and gas crude
products, and fish and forestry industries. There are national parks,
ecological reserves, a model forest network and other protected areas.
You may work with faculty on research such as the Humber
River Basin Project, a comprehensive collection of research initiatives that
will help us learn more about the sustainable use of water and land resources
not far from campus.
You'll enjoy the lowest tuition rate in English-speaking
Canada. The provincial government gives high priority to education, providing
extensive funding to Memorial University. This commitment allows us to offer an
affordable yet high-quality post-secondary education.
At Grenfell, your professors will know you by name. Our low
student-instructor ratio ensures that your learning will be personal and
intimate. With just over 1,300 students on campus, you’ll make real connections
with your classmates and become an important part of the Grenfell community.
Information for first-year students
As a Grenfell student, you can take advantage of several
travel opportunities. Travel to Belize where you can study sustainable
development and in your spare time you can explore the barrier reef.
Participate in the National Student Exchange (NSE) Program, where you pay Grenfell
tuition rates and study in another NSE member university in Canada or the
United States. Or study French in the Frecker Program, offered in St. Pierre et
Miquelon, French islands off the coast of Newfoundland. You can even hop across
the pond” and study at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in England.
You must meet the general admission requirements for
Memorial University and declare environmental studies or resource management as
your major to be accepted to the program.
Our graduates are recognized and are working globally in a
wide range of fields:
Resource management, in the public service or private industry
Environmental policy development and planning
Graduates are also well prepared for advanced studies in: