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Available as a Major in:
Bachelor of Arts (Env. Studies) and
Bachelor of Science (Env. Science) programs.
Available as a Minor in:

Any program.



Two students walking through snow in an open field
Surveying beaver lodges in Miquelon Lake Provincial Park.
Photo by G. Hood

Environmental Studies/Science examine:

  • natural processes in our environment
  • the dependence of human society on nature, and
  • our impact on nature through culture and technology.

What's the difference?

Environmental Science emphasizes a natural science curriculum, while Environmental Studies integrates natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. Both streams explore issues related to our growing human population, use and overuse of resources, damage caused by pollution and disturbance, and the endangerment and extinction of species and natural ecosystems (Freedman, 2004).

Two students doing field work on a lake shore.
Integrating theory and practice for a senior level course.
Photo by G. Hood
Top 10 Reasons to Join the Environmental Stream…

A list developed by students, for students, on the best aspects of the environmental sciences and studies streams at Augustana.

Interdisciplinary Advantage

With the speed at which our knowledge and understanding of our world changes, the ability to be flexible and adaptable becomes critical in securing employment.

The core curriculum at Augustana nurtures the necessary diverse background in not only the natural sciences, but also in the social sciences, humanities, and fine arts.


A photo of a person holding measuring calipers up to a frog to measure its size
Gathering data on Wood Frogs for a research project.
Photo by D. Patriquin

Connection Through Experiential Education

The Augustana program includes an outdoor or experiential education component (e.g. from biology, geography, or physical education-outdoor education) giving graduates a connection to the physical environment, the people, and organisms impacted by our society.

The programs conform to the competency profile for environmental employment as provided by the Environmental Careers Organization and by the Canadian Council of University Environmental Science Program Heads.


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