Environmental Sustainability

Studying Environmental Sustainability will prepare you to play a crucial role in protecting the ecosystems and living organisms that make up our environment. You will gain both the scientific expertise and practical experience needed to solve modern sustainability challenges in Canada and around the world. 

Our program is known for producing environmentally conscious and responsible graduates with excellent communication skills and problem-solving abilities. You will be trained to meet the growing demands of interdisciplinary practitioners in the diverse fields of science and sustainability.

In addition to the core Environmental Sustainability courses, you will take courses in the following areas:

  • Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Economics
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Natural Resource Management

We also offer a Co-Operative Education program if you are interested in gaining experience that surpasses typical fieldwork and research opportunities.

Lakehead Advantage

In addition to receiving an HBASc (Environmental Sustainability Major), you may choose to combine your degree with a specialization in Environmental Biotechnology, a Concurrent Education degree (Primary/Junior) or our Co-Operative Education program. Each of these options allows you to expand your knowledge and application of Environmental Sustainability and provides you with a competitive edge post-graduation. There are also college transfer pathways available.

Our department is relatively small and conducive to interaction with both your peers and professors. We encourage you to take advantage of the friendly, personal learning environment and reach out to faculty for course help as well as potential job and/or mentorship opportunities. 

Applying to Lakehead University is easy and we are here to help you along the way.

Step 1 – Determine your general admission requirements:

To determine your general admission requirements, select one of the definitions below:

Ontario High School Students
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • A minimum of 6 Grade 12U or M courses, or equivalent, including program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average**

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.
**Admission averages are calculated using the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses.  

Other Canadian High School Students
 General Admission Requirements: 
  • Completion of Grade 12 and the Secondary School Diploma (see the Program Specific Prerequisites section for your particular provinces requirements);
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum 70%* overall final average

*Higher averages may be required for admission to programs in which the demand for places by qualified applicants exceeds the supply of available spaces.

International HS/ College or University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Successful graduation from an academic secondary school program or equivalent (For most countries, the same academic preparation as is required for university entrance in that country is required for consideration. Refer to Admission Requirements by Country.) 
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • Equivalent of a minimum 70% overall final average (Canadian)

    Note: Meeting the minimum admission requirements is not a guarantee of admission.

Canadian College
 General Admission Requirements:

College transfer applicants who are applying to a program that does not have a college transfer pathway are eligible for admission consideration if they have:

  • Completed a minimum of 1 year of full-time academic studies at an accredited community college since leaving high school;
  • Completed the appropriate program-specific prerequisite courses; and
  • Achieved a minimum overall average of 70%. 
Canadian University
 General Admission Requirements:
  • Attended a university and successful completion of university level course work since leaving high school/college;
  • Program specific prerequisite courses;
  • A minimum overall average of C or 60%.
Canadian Bible College
 General Admission Requirements:
  • A minimum overall average of C / 60% or equivalent;
  • College must be accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE);
  • Successfully meets the minimum program specific preparatory course prerequisites at the Grade 12U or M level or equivalent;
  • If not eligible right out of high school, a minimum of two years of full time studies must be completed at the Bible College.

Step 2 – Determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements for your program(s) of choice:

To determine your program-specific prerequisite requirements, choose from the drop-down menus below:

Program Specific Requirements

Please Select Your Applicant Type

  • Environmental Sustainability (Co-op Available)
    Degree:
    Arts & Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, and 3 Additional Academic Grade 12 Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, and 4 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, and 9 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, and 4 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), and 10 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
  • Environmental Sustainability (Co-op Available)
    Degree:
    Arts & Science and Education (PJ)
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 First Peoples, and 3 Additional Academic Grade 12 Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, and 4 Additional Academic 40S Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, and 9 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, and 4 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, and 4 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 series), and 10 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, and 5 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, and 4 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
  • Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) and Environmental Technician Diploma (Lakehead-Georgian Partnership)
    Degree:
    Arts & Science
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31; and 3 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 1 Credit in Grade 12 U Math, and 4 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1, 1 Course from: Math 30-1, Math 30-2, or Math 31; and 3 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English 12, 1 Course From: Calculus 12, Foundation of Mathematics 12, or Pre-Calculus 12; and 2 Additional Academic Grade 12 Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English and Math
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English 40S, 1 Course from: Applied Mathematics 40S, Calculus 40, or Pre-Calculus Mathematics 40S; and 3 Additional Academic 40 Level Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (Grade 12 U English or equivalent) Math (Gr. 12 U Advanced Functions, Gr. 12 U Calculus & Vectors, or Gr. 12 U Math of Data Management; or equivalent)
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English 120, 121, or 122; 1 Course from: Calculus 120, Pre-Calculus A 120, or Pre-Calculus B 120, Trigonometry and 3-Space 121/122, or Advanced Math with an Intro to Calculus 120; and 3 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 120, 121, or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201, 1 Course from: Calculus 3208, Advanced Math 3200, Math 3201, Math 3204, Math 3205, or Math 3207; and 8 Additional Grade 12 Credits at the 3000 Level
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage, Mathematics 12 or Pre-Calculus 12, and 3 Additional Grade 12 Academic or Advanced Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621, 1 Course from: Math 611B, Math 621A, or Math 621B; and 3 Additional Academic Grade 12 Credits Numbered 611 or 621
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 Semester Courses in English (603 or 604 series), Calculus I (201-NYA or 201-103), Calculus II (201-NYB or 201-203), or Linear Algebra I (201-NYC, 201-105, or 201-106); and 8 Additional Academic Semester Courses
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    Grade 12 U English, 1 Credit in Grade 12 U Math, and 4 Additional Grade 12 U or M Credits
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English A30 and B30, 1 Course from: Foundations of Mathematics 30, Pre-Calculus 30, or Calculus 30; and 3 Additional Academic 30 Level Courses


As a first year Environmental Sustainability student, you will be required to take the following courses:

  • Environmental Sustainability 1033 – Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
  • Biology 1100 – Animal Biology
  • Biology 1130 – Plant Biology
  • Geography 1150 – The Environment
  • Geology 1130 – Crust of the Earth
  • Mathematics 0210 – Quantitative Methods for the Social Scientist OR Mathematics 0212 – Quantitative Methods for the Health Scientist
  • Chemistry 2610 – Northern Environmental Chemistry

The balance of your courses will be electives of your choice.

Our professors are leaders in their areas of study and are actively engaged in research initiatives across a wide range of disciplines and sectors. You will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on research projects focusing on topics including:

  • Climatology 
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Geomorphology
  • Indigenous and Social Issues
  • Water quality

We offer a paid Co-operative Education option if you are interested in gaining experience that surpasses typical fieldwork and research opportunities. Work terms take place in the spring/summer/fall/winter terms after you finish your second year. For more information visit our Co-Operative Education page.

We have many student-run societies and clubs that cater to virtually any interest. These organizations are integral to our sense of community on campus. They host events, fundraisers, workshops and competitions to bring people together and raise awareness of unique topics and issues. Visit our Student Clubs and Associations page for more information as well as a listing of Student Centres.


More information about Payment Methods, and Payment Due Dates can be found here: Student Fees Information



Arts & Science
Orillia
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$0.00
$837.22
$7,486.67
$4,161.95
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,405.23
$664.95
$702.62
2
$6,617.62
$0.00
$817.22
$7,434.84
$4,126.03
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,398.86
$661.76
$699.43
3
$6,572.55
$0.00
$817.22
$7,389.77
$4,103.50
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,389.85
$657.26
$694.93
4
$5,998.10
$0.00
$817.22
$6,815.32
$3,816.27
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,274.96
$599.81
$637.48
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$0.00
$837.22
$23,438.47
$12,137.85
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
2-4
$22,601.25
$0.00
$817.22
$23,418.47
$12,117.85
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP
Environmental Sustainability (Applied Life Science, Computer Science)
Orillia, Georgian - Barrie
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$6,649.45
$0.00
$893.72
$7,543.17
$4,218.45
$3,324.72
$1,329.89
$1,405.23
$664.95
$702.62
2
$6,617.62
$0.00
$873.72
$7,491.34
$4,182.53
$3,308.81
$1,323.52
$1,398.86
$661.76
$699.43
3
$6,572.55
$0.00
$873.72
$7,446.27
$4,160.00
$3,286.27
$1,314.51
$1,389.85
$657.26
$694.93
4
$5,998.10
$0.00
$873.72
$6,871.82
$3,872.77
$2,999.05
$1,199.62
$1,274.96
$599.81
$637.48
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$22,601.25
$0.00
$893.72
$23,494.97
$12,194.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
2
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
3
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
4
$22,601.25
$0.00
$873.72
$23,474.97
$12,174.35
$11,300.62
$4,520.25
$4,595.59
$2,260.13
$2,297.80
In addition to the above, International Students must pay the mandatory University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) which is payable in full with your first installment. Please click here for more information about UHIP

Click to display ancillary fee breakdown
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Georgian-Barrie - Environmental Sustainability, Applied Life Science, and Computer Science)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic Society SATHH92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMH25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAH60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU)  
LU-GC Student OrganizationsSBLDH 47.25
LUSU FeeSLUHS 151.74
Canadian Federation of Students Fee (included in SLUHS) 16.74
Referenda (included in SLUSH) 7.00
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance*SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 523.99
 U-Pass Barrie Campus (Bus Pass)**SLBUB172.00
LU and LUSU Services, and U-Pass Subtotal 873.72

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.

** The U-Pass Barrie Campus (Bus Pass) Fee is $172.00. The plan is effective September 1, 2018 for the 8 months ending April 30, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

First Year Students Only:

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Georgian-Barrie)- Environmental SustainabilityCodeAmount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIE20.00
LUSU & LU Services Fee Subtotal 873.72
Total 893.72

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF115.18
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF60.57
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00
LU Services Subtotal 300.75
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee  128.00
Referenda  17.00
Nanabijou  5.00
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fees  16.74
LUSU Fee Subtotal SLUSF166.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
 LUSU Capital Fund SBLDF 47.25
 LU Radio SRADF 10.00
 LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance* SMEDF 325.00
 LUSU Bus Pass Fee** SLBUS133.00
 LUSU Services Subtotal 515.25
Total 982.74

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.
- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.
   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code Amount
 1st Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00
 LUSU and LU Services Total  982.74
 Total  1002.74
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.0411.52
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.116.06
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF9.454.73
LU RadioSRADF2.001.00
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSF33.3516.67
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 4.402.20
 Total 104.9552.47
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSF33.3516.67
Total 33.2916.65
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code Amount
Lakehead University Services Fees  
Student Athletic SocietySATHO92.16
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO60.57
LU Services Subtotal 177.73
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee  
LUSU Fee 128.00
Canadian Federation of Students Fee  16.74
Referenda 7.00
LUSU Fee SubtotalSLUSO151.74
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Services Fees  
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO47.25
LUSU U-Pass FeeSLBUO115.50
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance**SMEDF325.00
LUSU Services Subtotal 487.75
Total 817.22

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance cost is $325.00. The policy is effective September 1, 2018 for the 12 months ending August 31, 2019. All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

- Should a student have comparable coverage and choose to opt-out they may do so by going to the LUSU Website at www.lusu.ca and clicking on opt-out to proceed. No exceptions or extensions.

- For additional information regarding LUSU services including Medical and Dental please go to www.lusu.ca or contact LUSU directly by phone (807) 343-8259

** The LUSU Bus Pass (U-Pass) Fee - All full-time undergraduate students* who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs for 2018FW by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.

   * Co-op students and Graduate students are not covered but may purchase the Plan.


 

2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 817.22
Total 837.22
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.439.22
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.116.06
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO9.454.73
LUSU Fee (includes CFS & Referenda listed below)SLUSO30.3515.17
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) Fee 3.351.67
Referenda 1.400.70
Total 75.3437.67
    
2018-19 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students in Distance Education Courses Only (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)
LUSU Fee, CFS Fee & ReferendaSLUSO30.3515.17
Total 30.3515.17