Bachelor of Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Environmental Studies - Pathway from Holland College EAST diploma

The Pathway from the Environmental Applied Science Technology (EAST) diploma to the Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) program provides students with the opportunity to combine the practical and analytical strengths of courses completed at Holland College, with interdisciplinary courses at the University of Prince Edward Island. As an interdisciplinary liberal arts and science program, the Pathway to the Bachelor of Environmental Studies will complement the strong field training acquired during the college diploma program, with the knowledge gained from courses in the faculties of Arts, Science, and Business.  To address environmental issues, individuals require scientific, technical, human and social perspectives.  This pathway program will help prepare students to lead the way in finding innovative solutions—making a positive impact toward sustainability in their personal life, locally and globally.

Students graduating from Holland College with the EAST diploma with a minimum of a 70% average are eligible to apply to UPEI for admission into the Bachelor of Environmental Studies degree program (third year standing).

General Outline of Courses to be completed at UPEI by Holland College EAST diploma graduate transfer students (minimum of 60 semester hours of credit):

  • 8 Environmental Studies (ENV) courses (24 semester hours) - 4 core ENV courses and an additional 4 ENV courses (taken either as part as a specialization requirement or chosen from the list of Environmental Studies elective courses found in the Notes section). Please note that within the 8 ENV courses - 2 are required to be at the 4000 level. An additional 3 need to be at either the 3000 or 4000 level
  • 1 of three specializations (see description and course requirements below)
  • 3 foundational cognate courses (9 semester hours): BIO-1010, PHIL-2030 AND SOC-1010 OR ANTH-1050
  • 4 courses from Arts (12 semester hours)
  • 1 from UPEI 1010, 1020, 1030 (3 semester hours)
  • General electives

Please note that at least one course needs to be designated as a Writing Intensive course.

All courses are 3 semester hours.

Please also note that Holland College EAST diploma holders have to decide which specialization they want to take as soon as they come to UPEI in what would be the third year of the BES.

Specialization - Environmental Innovation and Change Management

*Must complete 8 ENV designated courses (see general outline above) - 4 courses are core (listed below) and the additional 4 ENV courses can be taken as part of a specialization requirement or as electives (see Notes for approved list).

4 Core Courses (12 credit hours):

  • ENV-1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV-2030 Societies and Sustainability: Past and Present
  • ENV-2040 Methods of Environmental Inquiry
  • ENV-4010 Public Scholars on Environmental Issues

2 core specialization courses (6 credit hours):

  • Either EC-2110 Introduction to Resource Economics OR EC-2150 Environmental Economics
  • ENV-3320 Environmental Innovation and Change Management Skills

3 courses (9 credit hours) chosen from the following list OR other course with permission of Director:

  • ENV 2240 - Field Course in Ecological Forestry
  • ENV 2420 - Society and Natural Resources
  • ENV 3510 - Sustainable Community Planning
  • ENV 3540 - Environmental Valuation: Theory and Practice
  • ENV 4330 - Environmental Communication Strategies
  • ENV 4950 - Environmental Studies Symposium
  • ENGN 1410 - Sustainability in Engineering Design
  • BUS 1410 - Marketing
  • BUS 2650 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • BUS 3730 - Tourism Management
  • PHYS 2610 - Energy, Environment and the Economy
  • S/A 3410 - Technology, Society and the Environment

3 Foundational Cognate courses: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES);

  • BIO-1010
  • PHIL-2030
  • SOC-1010 OR ANTH-1050

4 courses from the Faculty of Arts: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES)

  • It is recommended that students take one course in either Political Science or Economics
  • 3 additional Arts electives

1 UPEI First Year Experience course:

  • UPEI-1010, UPEI-1020 or UPEI-1030

General Electives: to complete requirement for a total of 20 courses (60 credit hours)

2. Specialization - Environmental Thought and Practice

*Must complete 8 ENV designated courses (see general outline above) - 4 courses are core (listed below) and the additional 4 ENV courses can be taken as part of a specialization requirement or as electives (see Notes for approved list).

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

  • ENV-1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV-2030 Societies and Sustainability: Past and Present
  • ENV-2040 Methods of Environmental Inquiry
  • ENV-4010 Public Scholars on Environmental Issues

2 core specialization courses (6 credit hours):

  • Either Psychology 1010- Introduction to Psychology I OR Psychology 3330 – Ecopsychology
  • Sociology/Anthropology 3410 - Technology, Society and the Environment

3 courses (9 credit hours) chosen from the following list OR other course with permission of Director:

  • ENV-2420 - Society and Natural Resources
  • ENV-2310 - Island Environmental Histories
  • ENV-3420 - Environment and Development
  • ENV-4110 - Environmental Governance
  • ENV-4330 - Environmental Communication Strategies
  • ENV-4950 - Environmental Studies Symposium
  • ENG-3220 - Canadian Poetry
  • ENG-3620 - 19th-Century American Literature 1830-1910
  • HIST-4830 - The History of Environmentalism
  • PHIL-2060 - Animal Ethics
  • PHIL-3710 - Community-based Ethical Inquiry

3 Foundational Cognate courses: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES);

  • BIO-1010
  • PHIL-2030
  • SOC-1010 OR ANTH-1050

4 courses from the Faculty of Arts: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES).

  • It is recommended that students take one course in either Political Science or Economics
  • 3 additional Arts electives

1 UPEI First Year Experience course:

  • UPEI-1010, UPEI-1020 or UPEI-1030

General Electives: to complete requirement for a total of 20 courses (60 credit hours) 3.

Specialization - Island Environments and Sustainability

*Must complete 8 ENV designated courses (see general outline above) - 4 courses are core (listed below) and the additional 4 ENV courses can be taken as part of a specialization requirement or as electives (see Notes for approved list).

Core Courses (12 credit hours):

  • ENV-1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV-2030 Societies and Sustainability: Past and Present
  • ENV-2040 Methods of Environmental Inquiry
  • ENV-4010 Public Scholars on Environmental Issues

2 core specialization courses (6 credit hours):

  • IST-2010 - Introduction to Island Studies
  • Either POLS-2330 - Political Geography OR ENV-3340 - Environmental Stresses on Island Communities

3 courses (9 credit hours) from the following list OR other course with permission of Director:

  • ENV-2120 - Earth's Physical Environment
  • ENV-2310 - Island Environmental Histories
  • ENV-3110 - Understanding Climate Change
  • ENV-3210 - Natural Hazards
  • ENV-3510 - Sustainable Community Planning
  • ENV-4110 - Environmental Governance
  • BIO-2220 - Ecology
  • BIO-3270 - Field Coastal Ecology
  • BIO-3910 - Marine Biology
  • BIO-4520 - Biogeography and Macroecology
  • BIO-4620 - Watershed Ecology
  • SOC-3050 - Population and Society

3 Foundational Cognate courses: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES);

  • BIO-1010
  • PHIL-2030
  • SOC-1010 OR ANTH-1050

4 courses from the Faculty of Arts: (Please note that these courses are required in addition to the other requirements for the BES).

  • It is recommended that students take one course in either Political Science or Economics
  • 3 additional Arts electives

1 UPEI First Year Experience course:

  • UPEI-1010, UPEI-1020 or UPEI-1030

General Electives: to complete requirement for a total of 20 courses (60 credit hours)

NOTES:

Approved Environmental Studies Elective courses:

ENV 2090 Special Topics
ENV 2120 Earth’s Physical Environment
ENV 2240 Field Course in Ecological Forestry
ENV 2310 Island Environmental Histories
ENV 2420 Society and Natural Resources
ENV 2910 Directed Studies
ENV 3090 Special Topics
ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change
ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
ENV 3320 Environmental Innovation and Change Management Skills
ENV 3340 Environmental Stresses on Island Communities
ENV 3420 Environment and Development
ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning
ENV 3540 Environmental Valuation: Theory and Practice
ENV 4090 Special Topics
ENV 4110 Environmental Governance
ENV 4310 Environmental Impact Assessment
ENV 4330 Environmental Communication Strategies
ENV 4410 Environment and International Relations
ENV 4910- 4920 Directed Studies
ENV 4950 Environmental Studies Symposium

NOTE: This is a transfer agreement between Holland College and the University of Prince Edward Island and is subject to change. The details published on this web-page are for advising purposes and are not part of the UPEI Academic Calendar.

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