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Bachelor of Environmental Studies

This guide has been prepared with the information you need to successfully register for your first year at UFV. Please review the information provided on this page thoroughly before contacting your academic advisor with questions.


Program structure and requirements

Watch a recorded planning session or read the guide below.

The BES degree requires the completion of a minimum of 120 credits (approximately 40 classes) and is broken down into four learning areas:

  1. Environmental core (20-26 credits)
  2. Research, Methods, and Engagement core (19-22 credits)
  3. Breadth requirements (34-38 credits)
  4. Elective courses (34-37 credits)

You will design your degree by selecting and completing courses from each of these learning areas to meet specific requirements.

The BES does not require the completion of these credits/courses within a specific timeframe. Your pace is based on your personal schedule and goals—it needs to work for you.

If you want to complete this program in four years, this means you will need to complete 30 credits or 10 courses each year.

Many students complete this degree in 5+ years, adjusting their course workload in relation to work schedules, non-academic commitments, etc.

This program planning guide focuses on the lower-level requirements for each learning area as they are the most pertinent pieces in your planning at this time.

Where can I find a list of courses for the program?

You can access a list of all approved and required courses for your program in two ways:


First time using MyGRADplan?

Visit MyGRADplan website to get login instructions and review tutorials. Specifically, you will want to learn about the 'What if' and 'Look ahead' features as they will be most helpful in your course planning.



Given that 3 classes correspond to approximately 20+ hours/week of school work both in and out of the classroom, it is very important that you consider your workload capacity carefully.

It is much better to start with less and add more coursework in future semesters than to start out feeling overloaded in your first semester.

Ultimately, the number of courses you take each semester is up to you, but here is what we recommend for first-year students:


3-4 courses per semester


9-12 hours per week in class


And at least
9-12 hours per week
for homework


Environmental Studies courses can be a heavy course load. If you are working, you want to make sure to keep a good balance between work and school:

  • Working 10hrs/week > 12 credits max. recommended
  • Working 20hrs/week > 9 credits max. recommended


Suggested course plan


Course Number Course Name Credits

One of:

  • AGRI 124
  • AGRI 163
  • AGRI 204
  • AGRI 220
  • AGRI 237
  • AGRI 239
  • AGRI 256


  • Introduction to Horticulture
  • Pest Biology and Identification
  • Introduction to Soils and Soil Fertility
  • Plants in the Landscape
  • Introduction to the Health of Farm Animals
  • Management and Production of Beef, Sheep, and Goats
  • Management and Production of Poultry and Swine

One of

  • CMNS 125
  • ENGL 105


  • Professional Communications
  • Academic Writing
GEOG 103 The Physical Environment 4
GEOG 111 Environmental Issues & Strategies 3
PHIL 100 Reasoning: Intro to Critical Thinking 3

One of

  • STAT 104
  • STAT 106
  • PSYC 110


  • Introductory Statistics
  • Statistics I
  • Applied Statistical Analysis in Pyschology
3 - 4 Credits
LIST 1A* Society and Culture 3
LIST 1B* Political Economy 3
Electives   4 - 5 credits
Total Credits   30
Course Number Course Names Credit

One of

  • BIO 106
  • BIO 210
  • BIO/GEOG 219


  • Ecology Urban Perspective
  • Intro to Ecology
  • Biogeography
CMNS/GEOG 257 Environment Science and Communications 3
ENV 200 Living in our Wathershed 4

One of

  • GEOG 201
  • GEOG 202


  • Climate and People
  • Understanding Your Earth: Landforms and Processes

One of

  • GEOG 253
  • GEOG 357/BIO 357


  • Intro to Geographic Systems
  • Conservation GIS
LIST 1C* Professional and Research Skills 3
Electives   8
Total Credits   30
Course Number Course Names Credit
GEOG 331 Environ Assessment and Management 4
PHIL 318 Environmental Ethics 3

One of

  • ENV 310
  • PORT 398


  • Leadership in Environmental Professions
  • Portfolio I: Bridging University and Career
LIST 2A* Society, Culture, Economy (300-400) 3
LIST 2B* Professional and Research Skills (upper level) 3
Upper Level Electives   8
Electives   6
Total Credits   30
Course Number Course Names Credit
ENV 410 Environmental Seminar 4

One of

  • GEOG 412
  • Coop 110 (or experience)


  • Environmental Geography Practicum
  • Co-op Work Term Performance and Report I                                                               (or experience)
0 - 6
LIST 2A* Society, Culture, and Economy (Upper Level 8) 4
LIST 2C* Sciences II (Upper Level) 4
Upper Level Electives   9 (for a total of 45)
Electives   9 (for a total of 45)
Totals   30

*For complete lists of categories 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, and 2C see the Academic Calendar


High school upgrading courses

If you are missing a high school level course or did not receive the grade you needed for a course prerequisite, you have the option of taking the equivalent course at UFV.

High school courseUFV equivalent course
Biology 11 BIO 083
Biology 12 BIO 093
Chemistry 11 CHEM 083
Chemistry 12 CHEM 110
Physics 11 PHYS 083
Physics 12 PHYS 093
Pre-calculus 12

MATH 092/093 or 094/095 or 096 or MATH 110 (if PC 12 taken with C or higher grade)


Next steps

Prepare for registration

Watch tutorials, review information on fee payment, important dates, and more.

Explore courses of interest

Find official course descriptions and outlines in the Academic Calendar.

Track your degree progress

Access your program audit & identify the requirements that are needed for graduation.


Still have questions?

Book an appointment with an academic advisor or email your questions to

If you are starting in the fall, book your next appointment prior to the winter registration (October).