A\J's 2015 Environmental Education Guide: yes, there are even more than last year--116 colleges & universities; 1076 enviro programs to choose from.


YOU EITHER KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE, or dread in anticipation, that university and college websites are not easy to navigate; and when the only decision you have made so far is "I want to do something to help the environment," the mountains of information open up to a sea of possibilities. Luckily a brigade of detectives at AJ has done the strenuous work for you. Checklists of relevant institutions that compile all current programs, determining their academic options and whether co-ops are offered, were all eventually ticked off. When websites got too confusing or lacked information, AJ detectives went straight to the source, demanding correct information from colleges and universities. As a result, the detectives can rest easy, knowing that anyone with an environmentally geared mind can find their perfect program and institution, in this complete up-to-date list. Turning the pages of this directory will take you through the territories and provinces from west to east. Institutions and their programs are then alphabetically organized, allowing a broad cross-country view or a quick find.


Aurora College

Multiple campuses | auroracollege.nt.ca

Environmental & Natural Resources Technology Program (Diploma)--Inuvik, Fort Smith

Environmental Monitor Training Program--Inuvik, Fort Smith

Surrounded by a web of lakes and rivers, Aurora College sits on the top of Canada. The college prides itself in education and research that is culturally sensitive and dedicated to the joining of Indigenous and Western knowledge.

Nunavut Arctic College

Multiple campuses | arcticcollege.ca

Environmental Monitor Training Program: Research Specialization-Arviat

Environmental Technology Program (Diploma)--Iqaluit

Located in the pristine snowy areas of the Arctic, this college has five campuses dispersed across Nunavut, providing opportunities for all residents and visitors of the territory. The college specializes in adult education and with Community Learning Centers located in all 25 communities of Nunavut, education can be brought to your home.

Yukon College

Whitehorse | yukoncollege.yk.ca

Circumpolar Studies (BCS)

* Geological Technology (Certificate, Diploma)

Northern Environmental & Conservation Sciences (BSc)--University Transfer

Northern Outdoor & Environmental Studies (Diploma)

Northern Science (Certificate, Diploma, BSc)--University Transfer

Renewable Resource Management (Diploma)

Water & Wastewater Operator Program (Certificate)

Yukon Fisheries Field Assistant (Certificate) Yukon College is encompassed by a huge array of mountains. The college consists of one main campus and 11 community campuses so that education can be brought to all Yukon communities. Additionally, the college works under the direction of First Nations to create a diverse and cultural college for all.

British Columbia

British Columbia Institute of Technology

Burnaby | bcit.ca

* Chemical and Environmental Technology: Analytical Science Option (Diploma)

* Chemical and Environmental Technology: Process Engineering Option (Diploma)

* Ecological Restoration (MSc)

* Environmental Engineering Technology (BTech)

* Environmental Health: Public Health Inspection (BTech)

GIS (Advanced Diploma, Btech)

Geomatics (Btech)

* Marine Engineering (Diploma)

Renewable Resources: Fish, Wildlife and Recreation (Diploma)

Sustainable Energy Management (Advanced Certificate)

Sustainable Resource Management (Diploma) Surrounded by huge mountains and rivers, and 30 minutes from Vancouver, this university boasts an excellent location. It also advocates small class sizes, practical work and strong connections with industries. In fact, programs are developed in consultation with leading employers to position students at the forefront of latest developments in industry.

Camosun College

Victoria | camosun.ca

* Biology (Associate Degree)

EARTH Gardening (Certificate)

* Environmental Technology (Diploma)

Camosun College is on the edge of a 164.5[km.sup.2] Provincial Park and the vast Pacific Ocean. Accepting 1,100 Aboriginal students and 1,100 international students, the college welcomes students from all cultural backgrounds. The college prides itself on job-ready graduates through local business-training opportunities.

Capilano University

North Vancouver | capilanou.ca

Liberal Studies (BA)

Sustainability and the Environment pathway (BA)

* Tourism Management (BTM)

Capilano University, nestled in the beautiful North Shore Mountains, is still only 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. Groups that students can join include Earthworks and the Environmental Justice Collective, which are focused on improving sustainability in the university and in communities.

College of the Rockies

Cranbrook | cotr.bc.ca

Environmental Sciences (Associate Science Degree)

Mountain Adventure Skills Training (Certificate)

Sustainable Business Practices (BBA, Diploma,

Certificate, Post-degree Diploma)

Tourism & Recreation Management (Diploma, Certificate)

College of the Rockies, located in the Kootenay Rocky Mountains, provides students with an opportunity to learn while also experiencing a unique and beautiful landscape. The college offers small class sizes and great support services.

Douglas College

Multiple campuses | douglas.bc.ca

* Biology (Associate Science Degree)--Coquitlam, New Westminster

Environmental Science (Associate Science Degree)--Coquitlam, New Westminster

* Environmental Studies (Associate Arts Degree)--Coquitlam, New Westminster

* Geology (Associate Science Degree)--Coquitlam, New Westminster

* Geography (Associate Arts Degree)--Coquitlam, New Westminster

Mountains and islands surround this college, and unlike at larger institutions, Douglas College courses are taught entirely by instructors, not teaching assistants, so all students have the opportunity to learn from people with years of experience.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Multiple campuses | kpu.ca

Plant Health (BSc Horticulture)--Langley

Policy Studies (BA)--Langley, Richmond, Surrey

Sustainable Agriculture (BASc)--Richmond

Urban Ecosystems (BSc Horticulture)--Langley

The advantage of being the only polytechnic institute in Canada is that KPU provides a career-focused experience that is designed with the input of real-world employers. KPU is also home to the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture, where scientists and some lucky students research key areas such as urban agriculture, integrated pest management and ecosystem sustainability to maintain BC's position as a leader in sustainable horticulture research.

Langara College

Vancouver | langara.bc.ca

* Biology (Citation, Diploma, Associate Science Degree)

* Environmental Studies (Citation, Diploma, Associate Science/Arts Degree)

* Geography (Associate Arts Degree)

* Recreation Leadership (Diploma)

Recreation Management (Baccalaureate Degree)

Langara College is centered in between downtown Vancouver, the mountains and the sea; and with 21,000 students, the college houses a rich diversity. The college is committed to sustainability, and aims to encompass sustainability into all areas of study as well as build sustainable partnerships with employers and alumni.

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology

Merritt | nvit.ca

Environmental Resources Technology (Diploma, Certificate)

Tourism Management (Certificate)

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology is governed by Aboriginal communities, and provides an education grounded in Indigenous knowledge. Students have the unique opportunity to experience various Aboriginal cultures while pursuing their program of choice.

North Island College

Comox | nic.bc.ca

Aquaculture Technician | (Certificate)

Biology (Associate Science Degree)

Coastal Forest Resource (Certificate)

Global Tourism & Hospitality Management (Advanced Certificate or Advanced Diploma)

Landscape Horticulture Fundamentals (Certificate)

In the depth of mountains and rivers, North Island College's vision includes respect for its unique natural settings. Small class sizes and hands-on experience guarantee greater interactions with instructors as well as being fully prepared when entering the work force.

Northwest Community College

Terrace | nwcc.bc.ca

Applied Coastal Ecology (Certificate, Diploma)

Applied Earth & Environmental Studies (Certificate)

Camp Operations (Certificate)

Environmental Geoscience Specialization (Associate Science Degree)

Environmental Monitor Assistant Program (EMAP)

Mining Exploration & Natural Resources Field Assistant (Certificate)

Sustainable Communities Specialization (Associate Arts Degree)

Based in a rugged, mountainous landscape, Northwest Community College consists of nine campuses supplying the educational needs of 34 communities. NWCC is a recognised leader in Aboriginal education and provides an affordable and career-enriched education.

Okanagan College

Kelowna | okanagan.bc.ca

Advanced GIS (Certificate)

Biology (Associate Science Degree, Diploma)

Environmental Science (Diploma)

Environmental Studies (Associate Arts Degree, Diploma)

Water Engineering Technology (Diploma) Okanagan College prides itself on being surrounded by a unique landscape, including Canada's only desert. But the college takes none of this for granted and LEED-certified buildings mean that students learn in a sustainable environment. Sustainability aims stretch even further, covering utility conservation, internal practices and a diversity working group.

Royal Roads University

Victoria | royalroads.ca

Business Administration (BBA)

Environment & Management (MA, MSc)

Environmental Education & Communication (MA)

Environmental Management (BSc)

Environmental Practice (BA, BSc, MA, MSc)

Environmental Science (BSc)

Global Tourism Management (BA)

International Hotel Management (BA)

Social Sciences (PhD)

Tourism Management (MA)

Royal Roads University looks out across islands and the Pacific Ocean. The university is geared towards working professionals who are looking to improve their current position or change to a new career. Most programs are delivered through "blended learning"--a combination of short on-campus residencies and online learning, allowing individuals...

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