Environmental Impacts and Solutions.
Sustainable Use of Natural Resources.

Image courtesy the Blue Marble (Earth Observatory)

These are the key themes of the Environmental and Resource Studies/Science (ERS) Program at Trent University. In order to address them, people require skills, knowledge of management options, and experience applying them. You will get all these in our Program. Whether the issue is water pollution, climate change, revegetation of industrial sites, environmental law and policy, modelling health effects of toxins, the challenge of global forces, community-level natural resource stewardship, or renewable energy alternatives, the ERS Program and affiliated departments offer superb expertise and hands-on experience. We will prepare you for your environmental career. Visit the Trent University Career Centre's page 'What I can do with my Trent degree' and choose the Environmental and Resource Studies document to find out what you can do with your ERS Program degree.


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 Speaking at Ontario SPCA Education Conference


Dr. Magda Havas will be speaking at the Ontario SPCA Edcuation Conference, on ground current effects on livestock.


Summer Field Course

Starting 2015-05-22; Payment due 2015-05-08.

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. Holdsworth Speaking at Conference


Dr. David Holdsworth will be speaking at the GIlles Deleuze and Felix Guattari: Refrains of Freedom International Conference, held in Greece.

Dr. Hill Speaking at Symposium


Dr. Stephen Hill will be a speaker at the Higher Education in Transformation Symposium, held in Ireland.

Climate Change Impacts in Peterborough and the Kawarthas Region


This event was hosted by the Ontario Climate Consortium, Trent University (including Dr. Raul Ponce-Hernandez), and others.

3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference


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


Dr. Michael Fox won the Outstanding Mentor Award, presented by the Ontario Chapter Student Subunit of the American Fisheries Society.

Dr. Wallschlaeger speaks at Conference


Dr. Dirk Wallschlager spoke at the European Winter Conference on Plasma Spectrochemistry, on "Attempts to measure elemental selenium in waters".

Dr. Hill Takes Part in Workshop


Dr. Hill took part in a workshop on Social and Community Aspects of Wind Power in Ontario, held at Queen's University, where he acted as a respondent to a presentation.

Divestment Discussion


Watch the interview with the ERS Chair Dr. Stephen Bocking, discussing the movement to divest Canadian university endowment and pension funds from carbon contributors.

Landscapes of Science


Dr. Stephen Bocking wrote this article for the Network in Canadian History & Environment (NICHE).


Below: a panorama of Trent showing the Otonabee River, the footbridge over the river, and the west bank (including the Environmental Sciences Centre). Click on the image to see a larger version.

Last updated: Friday, March 27, 2015 13:43

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