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Trent Launches Innovative Environmental Geoscience Degree Preparing Graduating Students for In-Demand Environmental Careers


New B.Sc. program at Trent University receives official Ministry approval and will welcome first class of students in September

Friday, May 5, 2017

Responding to the growing demand for environmental programs that will enhance the marketability of graduating students, Trent University has announced the launch of an innovative B.Sc. degree in Environmental Geoscience that will prepare graduates to become licensed professional geoscientists (P.Geo.) and open doors to a range of environmental careers.

The new program, which recently received official approval from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development, will be housed within the Trent School of the Environment and will welcome its first class of students in September 2017.

“The Trent School of the Environment is delighted to offer the new Environmental Geoscience degree that builds upon expertise of faculty and staff within the School,” said Dr. Shaun Watmough, director of the School of the Environment. “As it is specifically designed to provide students with the educational requirements to apply for P.Geo. status, it reflects our commitment to educate students and prepare them for the global environmental challenges that lie ahead.”

The innovative program has been specifically designed to meet the requirements set out by the Association of Professional Geoscientists. It provides a solid foundation in the study of Earth and the natural sciences by integrating the disciplines of Geology, Biology, Chemistry and Geography.

Students completing this professional degree will gain the academic credentials required to register as a professional geoscientist (P.Geo) in training and be primed for a variety of careers in the public and private sectors such as environmental geoscientists, geochemists, geologists and geomorphologists.

In addition to their course work, students enrolled in the Environmental Geoscience B.Sc. program will have opportunities to study the interaction between human activities and earth systems alongside some of the world’s leading environmental researchers and scientists, and to put their learning into practice through field placements and hands-on research.

Under a recent partnership agreement with Fleming College, qualified graduates of the Environmental GeoScience program will also be eligible for advanced standing in Fleming's Earth Resources Technician (ERT) Co-op program, allowing them to fast-track the requirements for a diploma.

Learn more about the new Environmental GeoScience program at Trent. Make mention about how applications are still being accepted for fall 2017.

About Trent University

One of Canada's top universities, Trent University was founded on the ideal of interactive learning that's personal, purposeful and transformative. Consistently recognized nationally for leadership in teaching, research and student satisfaction, Trent attracts excellent students from across the country and around the world. Here, undergraduate and graduate students connect and collaborate with faculty, staff and their peers through diverse communities that span residential colleges, classrooms, disciplines, hands-on research, co-curricular and community-based activities. Across all disciplines, Trent brings critical, integrative thinking to life every day. Today, Trent's unique approach to personal development through supportive, collaborative community engagement is in more demand than ever. Students lead the way by co-creating experiences rooted in dialogue, diverse perspectives and collaboration. In a learning environment that builds life-long passion for inclusion, leadership and social change, Trent's students, alumni, faculty and staff are engaged global citizens who are catalysts in developing sustainable solutions to complex issues. Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto, while Trent University Durham-GTA delivers a distinct mix of programming in the east GTA.


Kate Weersink, media relations & strategic communications officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6180 or

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