Get the information you need for academic planning and connect with experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that employers are seeking.

This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university (refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements). Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

  • Student Spotlight

    "Concentrate on finishing all your required courses so you can identify your focus area and start taking classes relevant to it. I found my focus area classes to be the most interesting and it’s easier to do well in a course you are interested in."

    Connor Penton, environmental science student

Environmental Science at the U of M

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program with a focus on developing scientific solutions to environmental issues. These relate to human populations, sustainable resource development, pollution and conservation, environmental health, and endangerment and preservation of species in conjunction with alternative conditions that have the potential to reverse current trends and contribute to ecological sustainability. Students in this program often have strong quantitative skills and an interest and aptitude in biological and chemical sciences.

Skills you will gain by studying Environmental Science:

  • An understanding of the interconnection between environmental systems and the need for environmental sustainability. 
  • The ability to communicate, develop and implement environmental
    sustainability initiatives. 
  • The ability to collect environmental data and samples, and to interpret and analyze data by employing appropriate statistical tools and GIS technology. 
  • An understanding of environmental legislation and the development of policies. 
  • The ability to critique and assess research findings and think critically using the best available scientific evidence. 
  • An understanding of the fate and effects of contaminants in the environment.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours


Course requirements
ENVR 1000 and ENVR 2000BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310MATH 1500STAT 1000 and ECON 1010, plus 3 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts

To do this year

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Riddell faculty and faculty members to help you plan your program. 
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Academic Learning Centre for workshops or to meet with a learning skills instructor. 


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills. 
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests using ECO Canada
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events. 
  4. Explore your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities at


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include: 

  1. Student groups such as UMSU gardenStudents for Sustainability – University of Manitoba chapterParks Canada Club or become an Eco-Rep with the Office of Sustainability
  2. Community associations including Manitoba Environmental Industries Association(MEIA), Manitoba Eco-Network (MEN). 
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-StudySTEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg


Considering international opportunities? Attend International Week in February for information about opportunities around the world.

Research funding sources: students are encouraged to develop creative ideas and seek funding and support through various univeristy sources, including the Clayton H. Riddell Endowment Fund.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with:visit Migizii Agamik or the International Centre, take part in the Intercultural Retreat or learn about local agencies via 211 Manitoba at

Year 2 - 60 credit hours


Course requirements: refer to the Academic Calendar to view the courses for your program of choice in the faculty.

To do this year:

  1. What plan should I follow? Meet with an Academic Advisor in the Riddell faculty and Career Consultant to map out your options. 
  2. Meet with a Riddell advisor for program approval prior to registration. 
  3. Consider applying to the Co-op option. 
  4. Consider taking a minor and choose courses that will open opportunities. 


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals. 
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers. 
  3. Become a student member with Manitoba Environmental Industries Association(MEIA), the Canadian CED Network, the Wildlife Society, the Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) or ECO Canada
  4. Develop professional connections with professors by applying for an Undergraduate Research Award. 

Market your skills: attend resumé/cover letter and interview prep workshops.


Explore student research opportunities: apply for an Undergraduate Research Award or NSERC USRA, inquire about research assistant positions or submit a project proposal through Sustainability Research in Action.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: check out the Centre for Indigenous Environmental ResourcesManitoba Eco-NetworkFort Whyte Farms and the University of Manitoba.

Find opportunities to market yourself:attend a conference through MEIA, submit a paper through ESAC or become a board member in the community.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: consider an international student exchange or Students Without Borders internship, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation or United NationsMy World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program, Canadian Environmental Network. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours


Course requirements: refer to the Academic Calendar to view the courses for your program of choice in the faculty.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a Riddell advisor for program approval prior to registration. 
  2. Consider focusing your education by choosing an area of specialization and selecting courses within your focus area (4-year option). 
  3. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor in the Riddell faculty and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).. 


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation. 
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers. 
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business planning such as the Business Start Program
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals. 

Consider continuing your studies: check out the Faculty of Graduate StudiesExtended Education or other professional programs.


Continue or start research: participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: careerCONNECT, the Environmental Youth Corps (EYC) Internship Program, the University of Manitoba Sustainability OfficeDucks UnlimitedGreen TeamManitoba Conservation Districts or the International Institute for Sustainable Development.

Assess your resumé: identify any gaps in experience and fill them through volunteering, work placements or internships such as the Science and Technology Internship Program.


Did you travel abroad? Become an exchange mentor for the International Student Mentorship Program, join the exchange student community at the University of Manitoba or speak or write an article about your experience.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the Children Rising Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.

Year 4 - 120 credit hours


Course requirements: refer to the Academic Calendar to view the courses for your program of choice in the faculty.

To do this year:

  1. Meet with a Riddell advisor for program approval prior to registration. 
  2. Consider focusing your education by choosing an area of specialization and selecting courses within your focus area (4-year option). 
  3. Confirm eligibility to graduate with a Riddell advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora. 


Start job search 9 months in advance: contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to a professional program or graduate school: finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards dealines are advertised.



Use your networks and connections: inquire about unadvertised job openings (the “hidden job market”).

Ensure you have references in place: ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Search for job opportunities online: check out and


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or learn about the BEAHR training program offered through ECO Canada. Get access to through the Winnipeg Public Library and take courses to develop your cross-cultural intelligence.

What do employers want?

Industries such as agriculture, land use development, conservation, mining, oil and gas, education, environmental non-governmental organizations, government and tourism would value an environmental science degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. These include:*

  • Problem solving 
  • Critical thinking 
  • Numeracy and data use 
  • Oral and written communication 
  • Industry specific knowledge 
  • Teamwork 
  • Digital literacy 
  • Continuous learning 

Attain skills through your classroom education and take advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.

Get one-on-one help

  • Meet with a career consultant

    Drop-in to see a career consultant for a confidential discussion about your career strategy, CV, job search and interview preparation. Drop-in sessions last 30-45 minutes and are available on a first-come, first-served basis:

    • Mon: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
    • Tues: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Wed: 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    • Thurs: 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m

    You can also call 204-474-9456 to make an appointment at the Fort Garry or Bannatyne campus.

  • Talk to an academic advisor

    Talk to an academic advisor who will guide you to resources to help you make important decisions for your future. Advisors are specialized, often by program, faculty/school or unit.

    Find your advisor

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Career Compass

Use Career Compass as a guide to develop a strong connection between your studies and your occupational choices. It will provide you with suggestions for academic and career planning specific to your program.

Information for career counsellors

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources

440 Wallace Building, 125 Dysart Road
(204) 474-7252,