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    Faculty

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

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    Degree

    • Bachelor of Environmental Science (BEnvSC)

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    Expected duration

    • Major and honours: 4 years
    • General: 3 years
    • Minor: 18 credit hours

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    Program options

    • Honours
    • Major
    • General
    • Minor

The relationship between Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

The Environmental Studies and Environmental Science programs in the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources provide a rigorous interdisciplinary undergraduate education.

The two programs share courses, field experience, co-op opportunities and focus areas, but support different career trajectories.

  • Environmental Studies

    Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the social, political, cultural and legal aspects surrounding environmental issues and concerns. Students enrolled in Environmental Studies use a social science approach to understand environmental issues and solutions.


    The program is often of interest to those who want to develop skills in communication, program development and policy analysis.

  • Environmental Science

    Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program for students who want to understand and develop scientific solutions to environmental problems. Students in this program will develop strong quantitative skills with grounding in ecological, biological, agricultural and chemical sciences, depending on core interests.


    The Environmental Science degree programs are accredited by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission and strive to meet human resource demands for the environmental industry. Students in Environmental Science are prepared for ECO Canada‘s Environmental Practitioner (EP) certification.

Program details

Expected duration:

  • Honours: 4 years (120 credit hours)
  • Honours co-op option: 4 years
  •  (120 credit hours)
  • Major: 4 years (120 credit hours)
  • Major co-op option: 4 years (120 hours)
  • General: 3 years (90 credit hours)
  • Minor: 18 credit hours

Undergraduate students receive both a solid scientific background complimented by a core of environmental information.

Students have the opportunity to specialize in one of a diverse range of focus areas along with access to unique experiences including:

  • Field courses on ecological and environmental topics
  • Access to the Centre for Earth Observation Science
  • Exposure to the work of the federal government’s Freshwater Institute researchers, including nearby ecosystem research at the Experimental Lake Area

Sample course offerings

  • ENVR 1000: Environmental Science 1 - Concepts
  • ENVR 2000 Environmental Science 2 - Issues
  • BIOL 1030: Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions
  • MATH 1500: Introduction to Calculus
  • ECON 1010: Introduction to Microeconomic Principles
  • ENVR 2810: Environmental Critical Thinking and Scientific Research
  • ENVR 3160: Environmental Responsibilities and the Law
  • BIOL 2300: Principles of Ecology
  • PHYS 1020: General Physics 1
  • STAT 2000: Basic Statistical Analysis 2
  • ENVR 4110: Critical Thinking and the Environment

For full course descriptions, please visit the Academic Calendar.

Focus areas

  • natural resource management
  • conservation and biodiversity
  • environmental assessment
  • sustainable development
  • environmental health
  • wildlife management
  • sustainable building
  • northern studies
  • water resources
  • land systems
  • policy and law
  • stewardship
  • toxicology

Choose your focus area with the help of a Riddell faculty academic advisor.

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Learning outside the classroom

Co-op opportunities

Our cooperative education program is designed to provide bright and motivated students with an opportunity to gain practical work experience.

Experiential learning

The program strongly emphasizes experiential learning and offers a variety of field courses.

Admission requirements

The following are minimum requirements for entry into the Bachelor of Environmental Science program. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

Direct entry applicants are those who have not attended a post-secondary institution or have completed fewer than 24 credit hours at a recognized university or college.

Advanced entry applicants are those who have completed one year (24 credit hours) or more of studies in another faculty at the University of Manitoba or another recognized post-secondary institution.

If you do not meet the requirements for direct or advanced entry, you can apply for admission to University 1, the Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources or another program.

How to apply

Domestic student application fee: $100
International student application fee: $120

Applications to the University of Manitoba are completed online. To begin your application, select the "Start or continue your application" button. The online application includes several parts, and you may be required to submit transcripts, proof of English Language proficiency, and other documents.

For guidance regarding how to minor in environmental science, talk to an academic advisor.

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Includes the Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geography, Geological Sciences and Physical Geography programs.

Includes Bachelor of Health Sciences and Bachelor of Health Studies programs.

Includes Bachelor of Science degrees in Agribusiness, Agriculture, Agroecology, Food Science and Human Nutritional Sciences.

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To apply to the Inner City Social Work program, attend an information session at the William Norrie Centre. You will receive an application form at the information session. All information sessions are held in Room 126, William Norrie Centre.

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485 Selkirk Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R2W 2M6 Canada
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All applicants need approval from the Faculty of Social Work – Inner City Selection Coordinator, Carla Kirkpatrick who can be reached at carla.kirkpatrick@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-7364.

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The BPRN program has been placed on a temporary suspension starting for the Fall 2019 intake.

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Admission and application inquiries

Mailing address
Attn: Undergraduate Admissions
University of Manitoba
66 Chancellors Circle
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

Office location
Room 424 UMSU University Centre
65 Chancellors Circle
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)

admissions@umanitoba.ca
Phone: 204-474-8808
Toll-free: 1-800-224-7713 ext. 8808
Fax: 204-474-7554

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Program inquiries

Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth, and Resources
Room 440 Wallace Building
125 Dysart Road
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
Winnipeg, MB, Canada R3T 2N2

Riddell.Faculty@umanitoba.ca

Phone: 204-474-7252
Fax: 204-275-3147