The program in Environment and Urban Sustainability draws on the ideas, traditions, methods and practices of a broad range of disciplines from the social sciences, natural sciences and professional programs. The overall structure of the first year of the program is common to the other programs in the Faculty of Arts (i.e., Criminology, English, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Politics and Governance, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology). The following years provide the opportunity to select a wide variety of professional courses from across the university to allow for specialized study.
Semesters 1 and 2: The Environment and Urban Sustainability program is introduced through two courses, Environment and Sustainability and Sustaining the City's Environments. In addition to these courses, students must complete two courses teaching key skills in Critical Thinking and Academic Writing and Research. Finally, students select a total of five courses from other social science disciplines and from humanities disciplines and one course from outside the Faculty of Arts – these courses may form the basis for undertaking a Minor if so desired.
Semesters 3 and 4: In their second year, students take courses in Reading Neighborhood Environments, Patterns of Demography and Environment, Applied Ecology, Geography of the Physical Environment, and Research and Statistics. In addition, students have options in choosing from among a wide array of Professional, Professionally-Related and liberal studies courses. Possibilities for Minors exist with the careful planning of courses. An optional internship is available between second and third years.
Semesters 5 through 8: Four courses (Ecological Processes in the Canadian Landscape, Nature in Fragments, Physical Geography in Decision Support, Urban Policy Strategies for Sustainable Development) form the core of the third year. In their final year, students take the capstone courses, Field Studies in Urban Ecology and Senior Projects in Environment and Urban Sustainability, to extend their expertise before moving into the workplace or on to graduate study. The wide variety of options allows students the opportunity to explore environment and sustainability issues in greater depth. In addition, the available choices from a broad range of disciplines complement students' professional studies and broaden their career preparation. Students may choose to focus upon courses within specific subfields or to sample broadly from across the curriculum. A second optional internship is available between third and fourth years.