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

Any program.



Experiencing the Canadian North on a 3-week canoe expedition.
Photo by M. Asfeldt

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 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).

Integrating theory and practice for an introductory environmental science course.
Photo by G. Hvenegaard

An Urgent Need / High Demand

Without informed and caring citizens, the deterioration of our natural environment will continue. In addition, society has great demand for Environmental Science graduates, as employment in the environmental sector is growing faster than overall employment.

For student perspectives on the Environmental Science/Studies programs, you are invited to read the following student profiles & articles:

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.


Examining environmental change and physical geography in the Canadian North. (Bathurst Inlet, Nunavut)
Photo by M. Asfeldt

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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