Environment and Urban Sustainability
|Degree Awarded:||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)|
|Administered by:||Department of Geography and Environmental Studies|
|Program Format:||Full-time, four-year program.|
Contemporary social and environmental challenges demand coordinated responses that facilitate sustainable and equitable futures, and the health of life-supporting ecosystems. The program in Environment and Urban Sustainability is designed for students who are passionate about social and environmental issues and eager to learn about, envision, and develop innovative responses to challenges facing urban centres and surrounding interconnected resource-based communities locally and globally.
O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses, including Grade 12 U English.
- ENG4U/EAE4U is the preferred English.
- A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English.
- Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.
The program integrates the social sciences, natural sciences, and applied disciplines as related to environmental and sustainability issues.
The first year of the Environment and Urban Sustainability program is structured around a core of courses focused on the development of the skills required for academic and future success in the workplace: field methods, research design, academic writing, critical thinking and demographic analysis.
In years 2, 3 and 4 these skills are honed as students interpret environments, examine ecological processes, explore urban policy, critique sustainable initiatives, and use the principles underlying physical and natural environments.
Students can select courses from a variety of fields including geography, history, philosophy, politics and public administration, sociology, law and business, architectural science, economics, chemistry, biology, occupational and public health and urban planning. The flexibility in the curriculum allows students to focus on a specific field of interest. For example, students can choose to focus their studies on environmental management, environmental policy, environmental design, community studies, or natural science, or they can sample widely from among the options.
The environmental sector is one of the largest employers in the Canadian economy. With a background in environment and urban sustainability students are prepared for success in a number of stimulating career opportunities depending on the focus they have chosen for their studies. As the number and complexity of environmental challenges grow, employers in the private sector, non-government organizations, consulting firms and governments are seeking graduates with a well-rounded understanding of the issues, who are able to act as analysts, managers and communicators. The program may also serve as a stepping stone to further studies, such as those offered in colleges of education, law schools and a variety of graduate programs.
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.
In order to transfer to Environment and Urban Sustainability from any of Criminology, English, Geographic Analysis, History, Language and Intercultural Relations, Philosophy, Politics and Governance, Psychology, or Sociology, students must:
Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.
Table A - Lower Level Restrictions
Table B - Upper Level Restrictions
Students may pursue any Minor offered by Ryerson (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.
The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.
1st & 2nd Semester
3rd & 4th Semester
REQUIRED GROUP 1: One of:
Note: Students may opt to enrol in EUS 900 EUS Internship Placement I. Eligible students must obtain department consent. This is a non-credit course. Contact the Environment and Urban Sustainability website, opens in new window for further information.
5th & 6th Semester
Note: Students may opt to enrol in EUS 901 EUS Internship Placement II. Eligible students must obtain department consent. This is a non-credit course. Contact the Environment and Urban Sustainability website, opens in new window for further information.
7th & 8th Semester
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Strategic Environmental Planning Solutions
Senior Environmental Specialist
Toronto Environment Office, City of Toronto
Director, Canada Office
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives
ICLEI World Secretariat
Director, Watershed Management
Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
Manager, Greater Golden Horseshoe Greenbelt Section
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Manager, Revitalization and Renewal Communities
Toronto Community Housing
Founder and Executive Director
LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests)
Toronto Park People