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School of the Environment

Environmental Science / Studies

There is no better place to study the environment – Trent has proudly been Canada’s top postsecondary environmental institution for more than 50 years.

Trent’s B.E.S.S. degree is perfect for students who want to bring science and arts together to understand and solve key environmental issues. You’ll gain an understanding of the scientific aspects of contemporary environmental issues, how they’re linked to policy and planning decisions, and how that can lead to an environmentally sustainable future.

Accelerated Master's Degree

Earn your M.Sc. in Environmental & Life Sciences (ELS) in only 12-16 months after graduating from your B.Sc.

Degrees Offered:

  • B.E.S.S.


  • Peterborough

Resume Boosters:

  • Conduct hands-on research in state-of-the-art labs and Trent’s extensive “living laboratory” of nature reserves right here on campus
  • Minimum entrance and performance requirements challenge you to maintain a high standard of academic performance throughout your degree
  • Pursue a capstone or community-based research project or write and defend an undergraduate Honours thesis
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"Education doesn’t just happen in the classroom. It happens with the people that you’re with, in the place that you are, in the community that surrounds you. And that’s why I came to Trent, because it’s both a campus as well as the learning facilities inside the buildings that enable students to succeed in Environmental studies."

Anastasia Kaschenko

Career Paths:

Career Opportunities

  • Environment Protection Officer
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Risk Assessor
  • Policy Advisor
  • Urban and Regional Planner

Popular Courses:

  • Environmental Science and Politics
  • Ecological Assessment for Natural Resources Management
  • Ecology & Management of Wetland Systems
  • Urban Environments
  • Sustainable Innovation
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