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Environment and Urban Sustainability (BA (Hons))

Where You Belong

Jina, an Environment and Urban Sustainability student, refers to it as a “passion program” where students are inspired to bring about change, preserve ecosystems and take a stance on social and environmental issues, such as climate change and waste management. “I’ve learned a lot about urban sustainability, and different infrastructures to use to make Toronto a more sustainable city, like installing a green roof, where there’s a lack of greenery. You learn about how the environment affects people, and how we impact the environment and how our actions have consequences.”


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Is It for You?

Preserving and protecting the planet is more important than ever. This program explores how citizens, corporations and governments resist or embrace and enact eco-friendly ideas and approaches. You’ll learn how to research and resolve environmental issues through fieldwork, consulting for external clients, investigating urban sustainability issues, going on an international exchange and pursuing an optional practicum. After graduation, your ability to interpret various environments, analyze people’s behaviour and critique sustainable initiatives will empower you to affect change. 

This is one of 10 bachelor of arts programs that share a one-year foundation.

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What You Need to Know

 Faculty
Faculty of Arts

 Program Format(s)
Full Time: Four Year

 Degree Earned
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)

 Grade Range

 Non-Academic Requirements

 Experiential Learning
Senior consulting project

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*Actual minimum grade ranges required for fall 2021 admission/wait list consideration will be determined based on grades and qualifications presented by the applicant pool as they become available. Required grade ranges may fluctuate from year to year (up or down) as a result of competition. Applicants not educated in Ontario may present the equivalent of the Ontario requirements. Ryerson reserves the right to determine equivalency at its sole discretion.

Tuition and Fees 2020/2021

Domestic Fees Range: $7,044 - $7,112
International Fees Range: $28,635 - $29,021

For detailed fees information visit Tuition and Fees by Program.

Academic Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M courses including the following program specific requirements.

Typically, a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration; subject to competition individual programs may require higher prerequisite grades and/or higher overall averages:

  • A minimum grade of 70% or higher will be required in Grade 12 U English/anglais (ENG4U/EAE4U preferred)” as requirement
  • Note: The grades required in the subject prerequisites (normally 70%) will be determined subject to competition

Academic admission requirements for all other applicants are available at:
Admission Requirements.

After Graduation

You may make an impact in many fields: policy; sustainability; health and safety; education; and private, government or non-profit sectors. You may work as a sustainability and reporting analyst, environmental health and safety coordinator, field technician, climate change coordinator, or urban agriculture and climate researcher.

You may also choose to pursue professional environmental certifications, teachers’ college, law school, or graduate studies in geography, environmental science and management, urban planning, policy or related fields.

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