Services and Resources for Students

The Office of Student and Academic Services

In the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, the Office of Student and Academic Services (OSAS) provides all EUC students with supportive services and resources to reach their utmost success.

OSAS works closely with other campus associates and colleagues to establish and maintain a welcoming and enthusiastic experience for our students as they progress through their program at York University.

Here, you will find the various support services, initiatives and in-house programs that are available to you to help you succeed while at York.

Advising for Undergraduate Students

As part of the academic advising community, we hope to help you find a sense of purpose so that you can excel academically.  Furthermore we hope that you will feel connected to York and to the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.  We encourage you to participate in our inclusive learning community which includes clubs and peer mentoring activities.  Our academic advising team provides a safe and confidential environment for all York EUC students. 

When you begin your studies in the Fall, you will get to know life at university and all the support systems in place across York that have been developed just for you. 

At Orientation, you will meet your classmates, as well as your Peer Leaders for the academic year, who are available to chat about your first year courses. You’ll have a chance to hear from your first-year professors, the Dean, and the Student Success Co-ordinator about the resources available on campus to help you on your way to academic success. Advising for new students begins the moment you accept your offer to our program (learn more about undergraduate advising here).

Enrolment Steps for Incoming Students:  

  1. Accept your offer of admission and book an appointment
  2. Accept your offer of admission on OUAC or MYFile.
  3. Read your offer of admission letter carefully for any conditions listed, and follow up.
  4. Book your enrolment appointment for the earliest possible date to ensure your preferred timetable.
  5. If you have any difficulties with the online system, please contact euadvise@yorku.ca or 416-736-5252.

All new students coming from high school will enroll in YUStart, which is a program that has been designed to support incoming students. If at any time you have questions or need clarification about the process, do not hesitate to contact your Student Success Co-ordinator at euadvise@yorku.ca.

New Undergraduate Students from other Universities or Colleges

If you are coming to York University with transfer credits from another university or a college, then you will need to book an appointment, either online or on campus, to address how many transfer credits you have received, your course assessment breakdown and what courses you will be enrolling in for the upcoming academic year.

Advising for incoming transfer students begins the moment you accept your offer to our program.

Enrolment Steps for Incoming Transfer Students:  

  1. Accept your offer of admission and book an appointment
  2. Accept your offer of admission on OUAC or MYFile.
  3. Read your offer of admission letter carefully for any conditions listed, and follow up.
  4. Book your enrolment appointment for the earliest possible date to ensure your preferred timetable.
  5. Review your Transfer Credit Statement.
  6. If you have any difficulties with the online system, please contact euadvise@yorku.ca or 416-736-5252.

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change wants you to feel connected to the University and to the BES and GEOG programs. We have designed advising processes to help you understand your program, locate and use the support services available, and find a sense of purpose so that you can excel academically. Students will be supported through their program until graduation. Check out My Degree to review all academic requirements for your program.

Meet with a Student Success Coordinator

If you are a BES student, you may book your appointment directly with the Student Success Coordinator by phone, email or dropping in to the office. Email anntsir@yorku.ca. Visit HNES 134. 416-736-2100, extension 33510

If you are a Geography or Geography & Urban Studies (GUST) student, you may book your appointment directly with the Anne Ralph, Undergraduate Program Assistant, Geography, anner@yorku.ca.  

Which courses are required for my degree?

Each continuing EUC student should review their degree requirements and the academic calendar.

Where do I find my program checklist?

Checklists for BES, Geography and GUST students can be requested from your Student Success Coordinator.

As an international student, you will receive academic support from our Student Success Coordinators, but you may have other questions regarding orientation, your student visa, timelines for ensuring all documents are processed in time for classes and any other immigration questions. All international students in EUC can explore the additional services available through York International.

If you need the assistance of a writing tutor, you can access the ESL Open Learning Centre, which offers language and academic skills support to English as a Second Language students in our courses. This service is free of charge, and you can drop in to ask questions or to browse the library during their office hours. Get more info about the centre here.

Undergraduate Peer Mentors

The Peer Mentor program helps undergraduate students get used to university life and to our program, so you can become connected to the larger community of York University. Peer Mentors have excellent leadership, are academically successful and are a positive influence on students by providing support, advice and encouragement. Some Peer Mentors provide writing and stats tutoring during selected times in the term. 

What do they do?

Our well-trained Peer Mentors are available to guide and help you over the course of your program. Their office is a welcoming place where you can meet other students in your program. Our Peer Mentors provide the friendly support you need to help you navigate university life. The Faculty of Environmental Studies Peer Mentors are available Monday to Friday in HNES 125.

Peer Mentors will also…

  • Attend first- and second-year classes to inform students about the various support services available.
  • Invite you to the annual De-Stress Day: Full of fun, creative crafts, music, movies and popcorn and a way to relax before exams.
  • Offer instructional support for some of our courses, particularly first-year courses. If you need help to understand some of the most difficult concepts in a course, you should first contact your professor and your own TA, but you may also get help from a Peer Mentor who is designated as an instructional support mentor. For the 2020-2021 Academic Year, a Peer Mentor will be available to offer instructional support for ENVS 1500 and ENVS 2009 and GEOG 1000.
  • Offer writing support. You should first talk to your professor or TA for any writing issues, but you may also get help from a Peer Mentor. For the 2020-21 Academic Year, a Peer Mentor will be available to offer academic writing support for ENVS 1000 and GEOG 1000.

Meet Your Peer Mentors for 2020/2021

Brittany Bodo

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Sherwood Secondary School

Future plans: To become a meteorologist or work for the government

Favourite part of the BES program: My favourite part is how connected everyone is. They are so welcoming, and I have created so many friendships in this program. Everyone is super friendly and very easy to talk to!


Madison Downer Bartholomew

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute

Future plans: After my undergrad, I plan to do a master’s related to marine and coastal management.

Favourite part of the BES program: My favourite part of the program is the variety in what we learn. I never feel bored because I get to learn about many interesting topics, like ecology and history, without having to limit myself to just one.


Summer Solmes

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School

Future plans: Ride the tide of interests I hold and ultimately work toward doctoring the Earth in any and every way possible!

Favourite part of the BES program: The “to infinity and beyond” aspect in every element of the program. The diversity and versatility of the BES program allows students to experience a variety of subjects in developing an attainable future goal. It always goes the extra mile to help you succeed, through career workshops, experiential education, the Las Nubes trip, work/study positions and more. The sky is the limit with a program like BES.


Mayte Berdejo-Williams

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: St. Edmund Campion Secondary School

Future plans: Travel the world to work on different conservation sites.

Favourite part of the BES program: During first year, you are able to have a majority of your classes with people from the program, which is a great way to stay connected or get connected to each other and form solid friendships.


Naval Khalid

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Craig Kielburger Secondary School

Future plans: I’m interested in learning about the fundamentals of policy making and being responsible for checking an organization’s air quality, pollution, clean water, etc. With the knowledge of policy making, I want to make sure organizations are compliant with environmental regulations and policies, and perhaps even create policies that help reduce air pollution and create a clean environment.

Favourite part of the BES program: The BES program is welcoming and allows students to explore their own interests while keeping the environment their main focus. In high school, I was not fully set on studying the environment. Fortunately, this program is open and has allowed me to explore all my interests. Also, the peer mentors and advisors in this

program are very close and supportive. The amount of support I receive academically and personally has helped me prosper as a student.


Sarah Costa

Year: 3

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton CSS, Toronto, Ont.

Future plans: I’m particularly interested in resource management and conservation. I would love to do both fieldwork and research in the future. I’m also interested in GIS and looking forward to exploring it further as I finish my degree.

Favourite part of the BES program: I love the interdisciplinary nature of the BES program. We deal with complex issues that require interdisciplinary solutions. There is a lot of flexibility within the program to find what you’re passionate about and what speaks to you.


Tanishka Mehta

Year: 3

Area of concentration: Urban and Regional Environments

High school attended: Al Diyafah High School, Dubai, UAE

Future plans: I want to be an urban planner. I am interested in learning about the development of sustainable cities.

Favourite part of the BES program: I love that the faculty is closely knit. Since I am an international student, it is like having a home away from home. The faculty and staff are very warm and welcoming.


Anjola Oyelade

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Norte Dame Catholic High School

Future plans: Government worker

Favourite part of the BES program: The social and environmental aspects make me feel like with that knowledge I can change something.


Ayysha Khan

Year: 2

Program: Environmental Studies

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Emery Collegiate Institute

Favourite part of the EUC program: My favourite part of the program is that it provides a lot of opportunities for learning and widening individual skill sets in preparation for future career paths.


Thomas

Year: 4

Area of concentration: Urban and Regional Environments

High school attended: Bishop Smith Catholic High School

Favourite part of the EUC program: My favourite part of the program is that EUC is a close community of students and academics who are all working toward the collective goal of creating a more equitable and sustainable planet.


Mariam Alam

Year: 2

Area of concentration: Environmental management

High school attended: The Segi College

Future plans: Renewable energy manager, environmental policy analyst or conservationist

Favourite part of the EUC program: My favourite part is the amazing faculty.


Ritwik Dev

Year: 4

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Calcutta International School, Kolkata, India

Future plans: I hope to begin my career in the field of environmental consulting, specializing in implementing renewable energy projects and built environment/construction industry through public-private partnerships, and eventually evolve my career toward international development around the world. I am also keeping my options open to pursue post-graduate education in the field of environmental applied science and management.

Favourite part of the BES/EUC program: I appreciate the EUC faculty’s dedication toward providing experiential learning opportunities. My favourite part was a two-day workshop and construction of ground-mounted, seasonally adjustable racking for a solar PV array through a course I took called Business and Sustainability. This provided me with a real-world skill, outside classroom experience in the field of renewable energy, which I am interested in.


Marissa Di Taranto

Year: 4

Area of concentration: Environmental Management and CAP certificate

High school attended: St. Theresa of Lisieux

Favourite part of the BES program: I love how small-knit the community is.


Alyssa Marchese

Year: 4

Program: Environmental Studies

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: St. Theresa of Lisieux

Future plans: Lawyer, politician or professor

Favourite part of the BES/EUC program: I love the community that BES was and that EUC will be within the larger York community. With incredible staff, faculty and students, we are truly a family!


Jacky Duong

Year: 3

Program: Geography (BA)

High school attended: Dr. Norman Bethune CI, Scarborough, Ont.

Favourite part of the Geography program: Geography is such a broad and interdisciplinary field, I enjoy the diverse range of courses and opportunities offered at York. My favourite part is how friendly and supportive peers, staff and faculty contribute to a welcoming environment. Moreover, I especially like the available space this faculty provides for their students


Sarika Ganguli

Year: 3

Program: Environmental Studies

Area of concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary School

Future plans: To work on eliminating illegal poaching of marine life and creating a marine life rehabilitation centre for animals impacted by anthropogenic causes.

Favourite part of the BES/EUC program: The close-knit family that is created within the BES programs and the amazing opportunities you are able to get because of how much everyone cares.


Emma Bramante

Program: Environmental Studies

Area of Concentration: Environmental Management

High school attended: Holy Cross Catholic Academy

Future plans: To work on improving urban areas as sustainable cities equipped with renewable energy systems, improved infrastructure, decrease traffic congestion and overall improvements for urban carbon footprints

Favorite part of EUC: EUC is incredibly well rounded. The program is very diverse and prepares you for a multitude of interests and future careers. Our eco-campus offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn in breathtaking Costa Rica which is one of the many examples of experiential education offered by EUC to help you grow and succeed as a person and member of society!


Patricia MacDonald (Trish)

Program: Environmental Politics, Justice and the Arts

Year 3

Future Plans: My long term goals for the future are to teach globally and modernize education curriculums and consult with governments and businesses to adapt more sustainable operations.

Favorite part of EUC: My favorite part of EUC is the community involvement. I love being a part of something grater than


Undergraduate Peer Mentors' Online Office Hours

WeekdayTime Peer Mentor Zoom Link
Monday
9:30am to 10:30am
JackyClick here to meet
Passcode: 529800
Monday 10:30am to 11:30amBrittany & SummerClick here to meet
Passcode: n/a
Monday 12Noon to 1:00pm SarikaClick here to meet
Passcode: n/a
Monday 2:30pm to 3:30pm TrishClick here to meet
Passcode: 527717
Tuesday 10:30am to 11:30am AlyssaClick here to meet
Passcode: 112928
Tuesday 11:30am to 12:30pm MarissaClick here to meet
Passcode: n/a
Wednesday 9:00am to 10:00am MayteClick here to meet
Passcode: 019535
Wednesday 10:00am to 11:00am Ritwik Click here to meet
Passcode: 359840
Wednesday12Noon to 1:00pm NavalClick here to meet
Passcode: n/a
Wednesday1:30pm to 2:30pmAyyshaClick here to meet
Passcode: 440824
Wednesday2:30pm to 3:30pmAnjieClick here to meet
Passcode: 527717
Thursday9:00am to 10:00amSarah & Tanishka Click here to meet
Passcode: n/a
Thursday11:00am to 12NoonMadisonClick here to meet
Passcode: 357285
Friday9:00am to 10:00amEmmaClick here to meet
Passcode: 304158
Have a question after hours? Email EUCPeerMentors@Yorku.ca or EUCAdvise@yorku.ca


Advising for Graduate Students in Geography

A Geography MA or MSc supervisory committee will consist of a minimum of two members from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least one of whom must be from the Geography program, and who serves as the principal supervisor.  On entering the program you have been assigned a supervisor – your second committee member is usually chosen in consultation with your supervisor during your first semester..  Masters students’ supervisory committees have two members whether they pursue the thesis option or the MRP option.  Courses are selected by candidates with the help of their advisors. 

A Geography PhD supervisory committee will consist of a minimum of three members from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, at least two of whom must be members of the Geography graduate program. Upon entering the program you have been assigned a principal supervisor.  You will normally choose your other committee members in consultation with your supervisor.  Courses are selected by candidates with the help of their advisors.

Buddy System for Graduate Studies in Geography

"Buddy System" in Graduate Program in Geography - A number of graduate students have volunteered to act as “buddies” for members of the incoming cohort.  They will be able to offer you advice, help you navigate various bureaucratic waters, and will introduce you to other people in the program.  The buddy program is being organized by the Geography Graduate Student Association (GeoGSA).  A member of GeoGSA will be in touch with you concerning your buddy assignment. 

Student Success Resources

York University and the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change offer many resources to help you succeed in your studies and feel like you are connected to our community.

Student Accessibility Services provides educational support to students with documented disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and York Senate Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities. Find more information here.

Student Counselling and Development aims to help York students realize, develop and fulfill their personal potential in order to maximally benefit from their university experience and manage the challenges of university life. Students come to us for a wide range of concerns, such as depression, anxiety, abuse, stress, self-esteem, relationship issues, eating and body image, as well as issues related to sexuality. Get more information on Student Counselling here.

Library Accessibility Services information is available here.

The Learning Commons provides library research support, writing instruction, learning skills and careers services support all under one roof: the Scott Library. Our services will support you as you develop the many skills, tactics and strategies required for success in university and beyond. For more information, visit The Learning Commons.

The Writing Centre is an essential resource in your development of critical thinking, reading and writing: You will find that if you seek assistance early on when writing assignments, you will learn more about your own ability to write well and receive guidance during the process. Students in our BES program should take the time to visit the Writing Centre, since we do place a heavy emphasis placed on academic writing in our program.

Geography Reading Groups are opportunities for graduate students with common interests to get together for discussion.  If you would like to form a reading group, just post a message to the grad student listserv and find some like-minded co-conspirators. If you would like to be a part of the Critical Geography Reading Group’s (CGRG) monthly events, you may contact Prof. Raju Das (rajudas@yorku.ca).

Computing Resources & Services

We provide a wide range of computing services exclusive to members of the EUC students. Services for the overall York community are provided by University Information Technology (UIT).

Printers for the use of EUC students are available in 259 HNES. Printer details and costs are as follows:

Printer NamePrinting TypePaper TraysCost per single side
ES-FESLAB-A-DOUBLESIDE & SINGLESIDEDouble-sided printing by default1: – 2: Letter 3: Letter$0.10 per page
ES-FESLAB-B-DOUBLESIDE & SINGLESIDEDouble-sided printing by default1: – 2: Letter 3: Letter$0.10 per page
ES-FESLAB-COLOURColour printing1: – 2: Letter 3: 11″ x 17″$0.25 per page (Letter) $0.50 per page (11″ x 17″)

You will need a YU Card to print. For more information about obtaining, reporting, or updating balance visit YU-card. Students are responsible for their own card balances. Faculty members, staff and GAs should see the EUC Help Desk for instructions. No printing refunds will be given.

How do I print?

When your document is open, select print then choose one of the printer names above. Your print job will be sent to the Print Release Station PC and will be held in a queue until it is “released” by you. Note that print jobs will automatically be deleted in 72 hours. To “release” the print job, go to the Print Release Station PC in 259 HNES and follow the on-screen instructions.

Remote Printing

WebPrint allows you to print to publicly accessible campus printers from your laptop or desktop computer.

  • Scanning

Three scanners available in the EUC computer labs – one in each of the PC labs in HNES 253 and 258, and in the GIS lab in HNES 249. All three can scan images and convert text documents into editable files using Optical Character Recognition. Scanning is quite simple but can require minute adjustments that take time to learn. You may want to do additional research on how to achieve your desired results before beginning.

To use one of the scanners, log in to the computer attached to the scanner and double click the Scanner icon to launch the scanning software. If you need help, open the Scanning Instructions icon.

GIS Support

  • ArcGIS and ESRI

Information on ArcGIS Pro AdvancedArcGIS Desktop 1-Year License and ESRI Training for GIS courses, teaching and research is now available at the ArcGIS and ESRI Products at York University website.

Three computer labs are available exclusively for the use of the EUC community. File Access Service (FAS) is required. Faculty students enrolled in EUC courses are given access.

NOTE: EUC computer labs will not be available during holidays and University closures (see dates).

RoomTypeMax Capacity
FES Geomatics (GIS) Lab – 249 HNESComputer Lab26
FES PC Lab – 253 HNESComputer Lab34
FES PC Lab – 258 HNESComputer Lab39

Lab Hours

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Summer hours may vary)

Labs are primarily used for teaching and are only available for drop-in use during non-teaching periods. At all times, priority is for students working on course-related projects.

If you need to use a computer when the EUC labs are unavailable, check out the other computer labs on campus. Graduate students can also access a limited number of computers in the graduate student lounges.

MyApps is York University’s virtual application service, which offers students, Faculty and staff remote access to software (available here).

Note: A Passport York username and password is required to access MyApps [[link to: https://myapps.yorku.ca/login]]

Available Software

This is the windows software available in the EUC Computer Labs. (Not all software listed below is available in MyApps)

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 (limited licences)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 (limited licences)
  • Adobe Premiere Elements 10 (Limited licences)
  • Anaconda 3
  • Audacity (free, open source software for recording and editing sounds)
  • ESRI ArcGIS 10.7.1
  • FrontMotion Firefox
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth Pro
  • GIMP
  • Internet Explorer
  • Mendeley
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access) 2016
  • PCI Geomatica 2018
  • PDF XChange Pro
  • QGIS 3.8.2
  • RETScreen 4
  • RETScreen Expert
  • R Project
  • R Studio
  • SimBio Virtual Labs 2019-2020
  • SketchUp (limited licences)
  • Skype
  • Stella Architect 1.5 (limited licences)
  • VLC Player
  • WinSCP
  • Zoom
  • Zotero

Adaptive Software:

  • Inspiration 9

The Geographic Resource Centre (GRC) provides research and study facilities for students in the Department. Students have access to a collection of reference tools that includes:

  • Reserved readings for select current Geography courses
  • A collection of over 10,000 maps, both topographic and thematic, with emphasis on Canada and, more specifically, southern Ontario
  • A collection of geographic books, select geographic journals, DVDs and atlases. Some unique highlights of the collection include Geological Survey of Canada Reports, the Census of Canada, and a variety of tree and plant identification manuals
  • All the theses and research papers produced in the Department from 1967 to the present
  • Publications by current and past faculty members of the Department of Geography
  • Aerial photographs of Southern Ontario and Canada
  • Slides of Southern Ontario, Canada the U.S. and other parts of the world
  • Historical road maps
  • Syllabi from Geography courses (1970 to present) and supplemental calendars (since 1980), which provide a historic context to the Geography programs

The centre provides large tables and seating for quiet individual and group study. It also offers a relaxed and informal atmosphere for all students in the Department to meet, exchange ideas and study. Computers are available for researching and working with materials from the collection, as well as accessing digital course material.