The Environmental and Resource Studies Program offers several degree options, including a B.Sc., a B.A., and the recently developed Bachelor of Environmental Science/Studies, which bridges science and studies. We are pleased to announce that the ERS Program's B.Sc. degree is the first university environmental science program to be accredited by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC) and Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada. This accreditation demonstrates to students, parents, educators and industry that the ERS Program's B.Sc. Degree meets a national standard of quality.
Not sure what different kinds of environmental work are available? View descriptions of different environmental occupational profiles on ECO Canada's web site. You can search their database by environmental interest, sort alphabetically, use an interest-matching tool to see what fits your interests, and view role models in various career choices.
The Environmental and Resource Studies (ERS)
Program and Trent University
When the Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS) Program was started at Trent University in 1974 it was one of the first environmental programs at a Canadian university. The ERS Program was born from a realization that complex environmental problems could not be studied and solved effectively within conventional academic departments. Instead, an interdisciplinary approach was needed.
The university as a whole supported the creation of the ERS Program, and has continued to showcase that support through investment in state-of-the-art analytical facilities, top expertise for teaching and research, the cultivation of sound working relationships with communities, the Ministry of Natural Resources and other governmental agencies, and through its stewardship of the magnificent natural assets of its beautiful 1400 acre campus and nearby 260 acre ecological centre.
Read more about the ERS Program's history.
Learn About Our First Year Courses
Our first year courses explores some foundation knowledge, as well as many different environmental problems and solutions, as it prepares our students for upper year courses. View our video on YouTube to get a student's perspective on the first year course, as well as the perspective of the course coordinator.
Learn more about our first year courses.
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ERS Program News & Calendar
Dr. Havas at Conference
June 9, 2015
Dr. Magda Havas will be speaking at the Ontario SPCA Edcuation Conference, on ground current effects on livestock.
Summer Field Course
Starting May 22, 2015; Payment due May 8.
The course Community-Engaged Lacustrine Shoreline Assessment and Monitoring (ERSC 3220H) will be offered May 22-31. This year enrolled students may write a test for certification as a shoreline assessor at the end of the course. See this posting for more information.
Dr. Hill at Teach and Tech Ideas Day
May 20, 2015
Dr. Stephen Hill will speak on collaborative learning at the Trent University Teach and Tech Ideas Day.
April 27-29, 2015
The Ontario Network for Sustainable Energy Policy, chaired by Dr. Stephen Hill, will be holding its 2015 Workshop at the end of April.
Dr. Bocking at Conference
April 24, 2015
Dr. Stephen Bocking will be giving a paper at the Science, Technology, and the Modern In Canada Conference at York University.
Dr. Holdsworth at Conference
April 24, 2015
Dr. David Holdsworth will be speaking at the Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom International Conference, held in Greece.
Dr. Rutherford Speaking at AAG Annual Meeting
April 23, 2015
Dr. Stephanie Rutherford will be delivering a paper and speaking as part of a panel on animal geographies at the Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Dr. Yavno wins Arnold Berliner Award
Dr. Stan Yavno, former ERS TA and graduate student of Dr. Michael Fox, has won the Arnold Berline Award for 2015.
Dr. Hill at Symposium
March 30, 2015
Dr. Stephen Hill spoke at the Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, held in Ireland.
Climate Change Impacts in Peterborough and the Kawarthas Region
March 25, 2015
This event was hosted by the Ontario Climate Consortium, Trent University (including Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez), and others.
3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference
March 9, 2015
Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez took part in the third United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification Scientific Conference on March 9th, presenting a paper on modelling the causes of land degradation.
Dr. Fox wins Outstanding Mentor Award
March 4, 2015
Dr. Michael Fox won the Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by the Ontario Chapter Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society.