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

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  • 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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"My education at Trent has been really exciting because of how interdisciplinary, and it gives me wonderful tools to be able to succeed in the workplace."

Nicole Boere

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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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Program Requirements:

  • 75% overall average
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