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Sustainable Environmental Management (BES)

Dig into some of the most critical issues facing the earth today: the climate crisis, the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services provisions from nature. In the Sustainable Environmental Management program, you will investigate how the environment and natural resources are managed, and how we can transition toward more sustainable systems. You’ll learn key problem-solving, innovation and holistic strategies, combined with an understanding of policy, social dynamics with applied aspects of environmental science and technology.

As you learn first-hand about energy, water, biodiversity, food and waste, you will develop the technical skills to analyze, synthesize and evaluate political, economic and social dimensions of environmental problems develop pathways to sustainability transitions and innovation, especially those that address environmental and social injustices.

You will explore such critical issues as:

  • Low-carbon energy transition
  • Environmental policy and governance
  • Ecological economics
  • Climate change science and mitigation
  • Urban ecology
  • Sustainable and just transitions
  • Community energy and planning
  • wildlife conservation

Students benefit from practical experience through hands-on classroom activities, field and lab-based exercises, and community engagement. The program offers educational work placements and opportunities to participate in the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica.

You will develop transferrable skills in critical thinking, leadership, and project management to effectively engage in environmental issues in government, the private sector, and not-for-profit sectors in Canada and abroad, and make positive contributions toward a sustainable future.

Program Details

4 years

Full time and some part time

Fall, Winter and Summer entry

Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES)

Sample Courses

  • Foundations in Environmental Management
  • Sustainable Transitions
  • Energy Environment
  • Work Placement
  • Climate Change Mitigation
  • Ecosytem Services
  • Conservation Planning
  • Learn more

Career Paths

Additional Details

Admission Requirements

Please note that meeting the minimum academic requirements is not a guarantee of admission.  More information is available on the York University Admission Requirements page.

  • ENG4U
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Grade 12 English
  • Mid to high 70s
  • Overall average of 3.0 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • Overall average of 2.3 on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)

How to Apply

Deadlines can be found on the York University Future Students website.

  1. Complete an Online Application Form.
  2. Pay the application fee.
  3. Submit supporting documents through the York University online portal, MyFile.
    • Within four business days of application, you will receive a confirmation email with your nine-digit student reference number, which will allow you to access your MyFile account and upload your documents.
    • It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any documents you are required to submit and updates to the status of your application.
    • More information about supporting documents, document processing times and decision processing times is available on the I’ve Applied page.