Climate and Environment FAQ

Climate and Environment Program - Frequently Asked Question

Q: What is a BASc in Climate and Environment?

The BASc in Climate and Environment is a 4-year undergraduate program that provides students with a robust curriculum that covers topics, concepts, approaches, and issues pertaining to climate and environment. Students will take courses across the faculties of arts and science, providing them with a wide-ranging perspective of the dynamics that influence how we understand climate and environment.

Q: Are there special entrance requirements to the BASc in Climate and Environment?

Students applying to the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment should  consult the admissions page for admissions requirements to the Bachelor of Arts and Science. Students can indicate in their application that they are applying to the Climate and Environment program, specifically.

Q: Can I still apply if I've already been accepted into StFX in another program?

Yes- Students who would prefer to enroll in the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment instead of the program indicated in their original application are advised to contact the admissions office to let them know of the change. Students who meet the admissions requirements will be admitted to the Bachelor of Arts and Science in Climate and Environment.

Q: What courses will I take during my first year?

The first year is designed to provide students with the disciplinary foundations that will help them succeed in upper-years. Students will complete 6 credits core Climate and Environment courses-one is an introduction to climate change and the other is an introduction to environmental systems. Students will the complete a 3-credit course in Biology (BIOL 112- Diversity of Life) as well as 6 credits in Sociology (SOCI 101- Introduction to Sociology and SOCI 102- Key Issues in Sociology). Students will then have to complete a total of 9 credits in a combination of Math, Computer Science, Chemistry or Physics as well as 3 credits in Political Science or Public Policy and Governance and 3 credits in Economics.

Q: What kind of career can I expect with a BASc in Climate and Environment?

There are plenty of options in the field of Climate and Environment. The field is growing and is in need of more experts. ECO Canada has been tracking employment in environmental sectors for over 20 years and publishes its reports ever 3-4 years. In its latest Profile of Canadian Environmental Employment, it estimates that there are 258,724 Environmental Professionals (Environmental professionals being defined as filling a position whose duties and responsibilities are 50%+ of their working time in protection, management or sustainability). These employees are located predominantly in 5 sectors (listed in order of importance):
1.    Agriculture
2.    Construction
3.    Professional Scientific and Technical Services
4.    Administrative and Support, Waste Management, and Remediation
5.    Public Administration

Students can expect to potentially work in private consulting firms that help clients manage environmental concerns and comply with regulations. Consulting is an area in which we believe the combination of Social Science and Natural Science education obtained in the BASc in Climate and Environment would benefit professionals in the field. Other areas in which students may find themselves working are with government agencies, non-profit advocacy groups, research centres and laboratories, or in education.

Students can also find information on employment prospects on our website here:
Rewarding Futures

Future potential salary is a concern for many students. The Globe and Mail recently published an employment profile for Climate Change specialists:

Q: Why is StFX the best place to complete an education in Climate and Environment?

Research in the areas of climate and environment represents one of the most highly productive and successful areas at StFX University.  It is one of the few research areas at StFX where student training occurs at Undergraduate, Master's and PhD levels.  Climate and environmental research at StFX is also broadly inter-disciplinary, linking faculty applying natural and physical science research methodologies, with those involved in social sciences and health.

Together, StFX faculty undertaking climate and environmental research have had a strong track record of success in obtaining external funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); government departments such as Natural Resources Canada, Environment Canada (now renamed Environment and Climate Change Canada); Agriculture and Agri-food Canada; the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency; and provincial research funding agencies and programs.  Such successful research productivity has yielded multiple opportunities for undergraduate students in cognate disciplines (such as, for example, Environmental Sciences, Biology, and Earth Sciences) to benefit from, and directly participate in, collaborative and active research. This, in turn, provides a teaching and research environment conducive to housing a rigorous an energizing BASc in Climate and Environment.

StFX is also well-positioned to offer an interdisciplinary approach to the study of climate and
environment given that our Bachelor of Arts and Science degree structure supports study across faculties. Issues such as climate and environment, which rely heavily on scientific, social science, and humanities content and approaches, are well-suited to the BASc degree.

Q: Can I take courses in Climate and Environment, even if I am enrolled in another program?

All Climate and Environment courses, with the exception of CLEN 401 and 402, are open to all students on campus.

Q: How can I apply to the BASc in Climate and Environment?

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