Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science


Program Description


You’re a science major and aspiring environmental professional seeking workplace-ready technical skills and real-world experience. Accredited by ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization of Canada), the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University teaches industry-standard lab and field methods in a team-based environment that prepares you for certification as an Environmental Professional in-training (EPt).

This intensive one-year degree-completion program provides a comprehensive foundation in environmental science with real-world learning applications, including a major 9-month industry project completed for the public or private enterprise.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program complements your existing knowledge in environmental science with courses in environmental management, economics, law, community relations, communications skills and sustainable development. This program will help you gain the problem-solving skills necessary to assume leadership positions in business and government.

This is a degree completion program, encompassing years three and four of a four-year undergraduate degree.


  • ENSC300: Foundations for Environmental Science
  • ENSC301: Sustainable Development Series
  • ENSC303: Statistics
  • ENSC304: Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences
  • ENSC306: Environmental Chemistry
  • ENSC313: Application of Environmental Law
  • ENSC317: Applied and Environmental Microbiology and Biochemistry
  • ENSC323: Communication Skills
  • ENSC403: Industrial Processes
  • ENSC406: Environmental Ecology
  • ENSC407: Ecotoxicology
  • ENSC415: Environmental Management Tools
  • ENSC418: Environmental Hydrology and Remediation
  • ENSC419: Land Use and Environmental Planning
  • ENSC420: Major Project
  • ENSC421: Comprehensive Application of Environmental Concepts
  • ENSC423: Environmental Economics
  • ENSC430: Geotechnology
  • ENSC431: Air Quality and Wastewater Management
  • ITAI: Introduction to Academic Integrity

Who It’s For

Those who have completed two years post-secondary studies and who bring certain analytical skills, knowledge, and awareness to environmental issues.

Applicants who do not have the formal academic education to qualify for admission may be assessed on the basis of both their formal education and their informal learning, in accordance with the Flexible Admission Policy.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science is an intensive 12-month program that allows students with at least two years of post-secondary education to complete an interdisciplinary environmental science bachelor’s degree in one year. The program begins each September, with a small cohort of students who work together throughout the year.

All students are involved with a major project team that spends nine months working to solve a current environmental issue for a business, government or community group. Read more about previous major projects undertaken.

Career Paths

If you are currently in a technical position, a BSc from Royal Roads University gives you the knowledge and a skill set that can open doors to a professional career. If your present training and job are narrowly specialized, you will be equipped to move into positions where the breadth of expertise is important. If this is the start of your career, your broad knowledge base and your ability to analyze complex situations will be valued by prospective employers.

Graduates from this program go into a variety of fields and typically find jobs as support to senior environmental executives, environmental policy advisors in government, environmental managers in smaller municipalities or companies, and environmental consultants.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a m ... Read More

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of excellence. In 2015, we celebrated 75 years of leadership and learning - 55 years as a military college and 20 years as a public applied research university. Read less