Environmental Studies

The study of environmental issues is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary, taking into consideration socio-economic, cultural and political actions and consequences in addition to scientific analysis. Our Environmental Studies program will provide you with the background to understand and evaluate environmental issues and solutions from a multitude of perspectives. You will gain the business skills, scientific expertise and practical experience needed to solve modern environmental and sustainability challenges.

Our Environmental Studies programs contain a core of common courses, plus courses required for a major in one of three disciplines:

  • Biology
  • Earth Science
  • Geography 

Each program contains both Science and Social Sciences & Humanities components to ensure you receive a well-rounded background in modern environmental challenges. 

If you are interested in majoring in Geography, you have the opportunity to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies or an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science, depending on whether you choose to emphasize Science or Social Sciences electives.

As a Geography or Biology major, you may choose to combine your Environmental Studies/Science degree with a Concurrent Education degree to teach at the Intermediate/Senior level.

Lakehead Advantage

Our location in the heart of Northwestern Ontario, surrounded by diverse forests, lakes and other unique geographical features, makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to learn about Environmental Studies. We maintain great relationships with regional organizations dedicated to ecological health and outdoor education, facilitating experiential learning and fieldwork opportunities in one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes Canada has to offer.

The multidisciplinary approach of our program is unique to Lakehead University. As a graduate, you will have an advanced conceptual and practical understanding of the scientific and the social, cultural and political factors that are affecting our environment. This is very attractive to employers as many jobs in the field require you to work with various organizations, agencies and people from different backgrounds.

As a Biology, Geography or Earth Science major, you will have the ability to take experiential learning courses that supplement in-class lectures with off-campus labs, field trips and weekend excursions to gain hands-on experience. The topics vary from year to year and will provide you with a professional advantage post-graduation, due to the focus on practical learning and technique development.

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 Secondary School/ 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

  • Geography
    Degree:
    Environmental Studies and Education (IS)
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S,
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to the English prerequisite requirement are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy these specific prerequisite requirements.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U) or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B
  • Geography
    Degree:
    Environmental Studies
    Alberta/NWT/Nunavut:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for Ontario High School Students:
    English (ENG4U)
    Program Specific Requirements for Alberta/NWT/Nunavut High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30-1
    Program Specific Requirements for British Columbia/Yukon High School Students:
    English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
    Program Specific Requirements for International Students:
    English
    Program Specific Requirements for Manitoba High School Students:
    English Language Arts (Comprehensive Focus, Literary Focus, or Transactional Focus) 40S,
    Program Specific Requirements for Mature/Transfer Students:
    English (ENG4U). Other secondary or post-secondary courses that are equivalent to the English prerequisite requirement are accepted. College transfer students entering via a transfer pathway are not required to satisfy these specific prerequisite requirements.
    Program Specific Requirements for New Brunswick High School Students:
    English Language Arts 121 or 122
    Program Specific Requirements for Newfoundland/Labrador High School Students:
    English 3201
    Program Specific Requirements for Nova Scotia High School Students:
    English 12 or English 12 African Heritage
    Program Specific Requirements for PEI High School Students:
    English 621A
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (CEGEP) Students:
    2 English (603 or 604)
    Program Specific Requirements for Quebec (Private) Students:
    English (ENG4U) or equivalent
    Program Specific Requirements for Saskatchewan High School Students:
    English Language Arts 30 A or English Language Arts 30 B


While the three Environmental Studies majors share core environmental courses, your remaining required courses will depend on your choice of major:

Biology

  • Environmental Studies 1120 – Environmental Studies: A Geographical Approach
  • Biology 1100 – Animal Biology
  • Biology 1030 – Plant Biology
  • Chemistry 1110 & 1130 – Introductory Chemistry I & II
  • Mathematics 1151 & 1152 – Calculus I & II for Social and Life Sciences OR Physics 1113 & 1133 – Physics Essentials I & II

The balance of your courses must be from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Earth Science

  • Environmental Studies 1120 – Environmental Studies: A Geographical Approach
  • Chemistry 1110 & 1130 – Introductory Chemistry I & II
  • Geology 111 & 1131 – Planet Earth & Crust of the Earth with Laboratory
  • Mathematics 1151 & 1152 – Calculus I & II for Social and Life Sciences OR Mathematics 1210 & 1230 – Calculus I & II for Engineers
  • English 1011 – Composition
  • English 1031 - Rhetoric

Geography (Environmental Science)

  • Environmental Studies 1140 – Environmental Studies: A Geographical Approach with Laboratory
  • Mathematics 1151 & 1152 – Calculus I & II for Social and Life Sciences OR Physics 1113 & 1133 – Physics Essentials I & II

The balance of your courses will be from both the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. 

Geography (Environmental Studies)

  • Environmental Studies 1140 – Environmental Studies: A Geographical Approach with Laboratory
  • One credit from Biology, Chemistry, Geology or Physics
  • One credit from History, Indigenous Learning or Philosophy
  • One credit from Economics, Political Science or Sociology
  • One English credit

We encourage you to get involved in our Science Outreach Programs - Science Olympics, Faculty of Science & Environmental Studies Speaker Series and Superior Science - held throughout the academic year and in the summer. Participating as a mentor in the Science Olympics and for Superior Science is a great way to gain experience in the field and add to your resume, especially if you are considering teaching in the future. Our Speaker Series is always diverse and informative and will undoubtedly open your eyes to new topics and ideas.

If you are interested in attending a professional workshop or giving a presentation based on your research, the Science & Environmental Studies (SES) Undergraduate Conference Travel Award can help you. Each year 10 awards are presented by the Dean of Science & Environmental Studies to help students expand their knowledge and represent Lakehead University. This is a great opportunity for those considering graduate studies.

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 and a listing of Student Centres.


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



Environmental Studies - Geography
Thunder Bay
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE Tuition0.5 FCE Total
1
$5,984.51
$0.00
$1,154.37
$7,138.88
$3,569.44
$3,569.44
$1,196.90
$1,305.57
$598.45
$652.79
2
$5,955.86
$0.00
$1,134.37
$7,090.23
$3,545.12
$3,545.11
$1,191.17
$1,299.84
$595.59
$649.92
3
$5,915.30
$0.00
$1,134.37
$7,049.67
$3,524.84
$3,524.83
$1,183.06
$1,291.73
$591.53
$645.87
4
$5,398.29
$0.00
$1,134.37
$6,532.66
$3,266.33
$3,266.33
$1,079.66
$1,188.33
$539.83
$594.16
YearTuitionField TripAncillary FeesTotal1st Installment2nd Installment1.0 FCE Tuition1.0 FCE Total0.5 FCE TotalPart-time Ancillary Fees Override
1
$23,731.00
$0.00
$1,154.37
$24,885.37
$12,442.69
$12,442.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
2-4
$23,731.00
$0.00
$1,134.37
$24,865.37
$12,432.69
$12,432.68
$4,746.20
$4,854.87
$2,373.10
$2,427.44
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

2019-2020 Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay)CodeAmountOpt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:   
Lakehead University Services Fees   
Athletic Building FundSABFF70.00No
Student Athletic SocietySATHF117.94No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF25.00No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF62.02No
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF30.00No
Essential LU Services Subtotal 304.96 
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fees    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS24.89 No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF51.03 No
LUSU Medical/DentalSMEDF *392.07 See Below
LUSU Bus PassSLBUS **198.95 No
Essential LUSU Fees Subtotal 646.94 
Essential LU & LUSU Services Fees Subtotal: 951.90 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES   
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF77.23Yes
 LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS156.12Yes
Fees Passed by Student Referenda:   
Aboriginal Programming FeeSLRAB2.00Yes
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF 0.50 Yes
Nanabijou FeeSLRNA5.00Yes
Social Action FeeSLRSA2.00Yes 
SustainabilitySLRSU5.50Yes
WUSC - World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU7.00Yes
Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) FeeSLCSF17.12Yes
LU Radio FeeSRADF10.00Yes
Non-Essential Fees Subtotal: 182.47 
TOTAL Potential Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay) 1,134.37 

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance (SMEDF) policy is effective September 1, for the 12 months ending August 31. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs 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. Opting out does not remove the fee from your student account. 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 LUSU Bus Pass Fee (SLBUS):  All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.


2019-20 Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees for First Year  Students (Thunder Bay)
 Code AmountOpt Out Potential?
First Year Students Orientation Fee SORIE 20.00No
Total Potential Undergraduate Full-Time Ancillary Fees: 1,134.37 
 TOTAL Potential Ancillary Fees for First Year Students (Thunder Bay):
  1,154.37 
2019-20 Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students - Per Course (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)
Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
Athletic Building FundSABFF14.007.00No
Student Athletic SocietySATHF23.5911.79No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMF5.002.50No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAF12.406.20No
Capital Improvements C.J. Sanders BuildingSCISF6.003.00No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDF10.215.10No
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS20.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal: 72.1836.09 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF 15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services Fee SLUS111.225.61Yes
Aboriginal Programming Fee SLRAB0.400.20Yes
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF0.100.05Yes
 Nanabijou Fee SLRNA1.00  0.50Yes
Social Action FeeSLRSA0.400.20Yes
Sustainability FeeSLRSU1.100.55Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Student) FeeSLRWU1.400.70Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) FeeSLCFS3.421.71Yes
LU Radio FeeSRADF2.001.00Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL fees Subtotal: 36.4918.25 
TOTAL Potential Per Course Ancillary Fees (Thunder Bay): 108.6754.34 
     
2019-20 Distance Education Courses or Co-op (Thunder Bay)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE) Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS20.980.49No
ESSENTIAL fees Subtotal: 0.980.49 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSF15.457.72 
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS111.225.61 
Aboriginal Programming FeeSLRAB0.400.20 
AFCASA African Caribbean Student Association FeeSLRAF0.100.05 
Nanabijou FeeSLRNA1.000.50 
Social Action FeeSLRSA0.400.20 
Sustainability FeeSLRSU1.100.55 
WUSC World University Service of Canad (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.400.70 
CFS Fee (Canadian Federation of Students)SLCFS3.421.71  
 NON-ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal:  34.49 17.25 
 TOTAL Potential Ancillary Fees for Distance Education or Co-Op (Thunder Bay):  35.4717.74  
     
2019-20  Ancillary Fees for Full-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia) Code AmountOpt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES   
Lakehead University Services Fees   
Student Athletic SocietySATHO94.37No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO25.00No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO62.02No
Essential LU Services Subtotal 181.39 
Lakehead University Student Union (LUSU) Fee   
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS44.89No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO51.03No
LUSU U-Pass Fee **SLBUO141.45No
LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance *SMEDF392.07See Below
Essential LUSU Services Subtotal 589.44 
ESSENTIAL Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) Subtotal: 770.83 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES   
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO77.23Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS356.12Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU7.00Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Student) FeeSLCSF17.12Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) Subtotal 157.47 
TOTAL Potential Full-Time Student Ancillary Fees (Orillia) 948.30 

* The LUSU Medical/Dental Insurance (SMEDF) policy is effective September 1, for the 12 months ending August 31. All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs 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. Opting out does not remove the fee from your student account. 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 LUSU Bus Pass Fee (SLBUO):  All full-time undergraduate students who have registered in 3.75 or more FCEs by the last day to register in September are automatically assessed this mandatory fee.


 

2019-20 Compulsory Ancillary Fees for 1st Year Full-Time Students (Orillia) Code Amount
1st Year Students Orientation FeeSORIO20.00
LUSU and LU Services Total 928.30
Total 948.30
2019-20 Ancillary Fees for Part-Time Undergraduate Students (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential?
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
Student Athletic SocietySATHO18.879.44No
Computer Enhancement (Technology) FeeSCOMO5.002.50No
Health Services Support FeeSHEAO12.406.20No
LUSU Capital FundSBLDO10.215.10No
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS40.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Ancillary Fees Subtotal: 11.185.59 
 NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS311.225.61Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.40.70Yes
CFS (Canadian Federation of Students) FeeSLCSF3.421.71Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL Ancillary Fees Subtotal: 31.4915.75 
TOTAL Potential Per Course Ancillary Fee (Orillia): 78.9639.48 
     
2019-20  Distance Education Courses Or Co-op (Orillia)CodeAmount (1.0FCE)Amount (0.5FCE)Opt-Out Potential
ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Ombudsperson FeeSLUS40.980.49No
ESSENTIAL Fees Subtotal: 0.980.49 
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES:    
LUSU Activity FeeSLUSO15.457.72Yes
LUSU Academic and Advocacy Support and Services FeeSLUS311.225.61Yes
WUSC World University Service of Canada (Sponsor Refugee Students)SLRWU1.400.70Yes
NON-ESSENTIAL FEES SUBTOTAL: 31.4915.75 
TOTAL Potential Distance Education or Co-Op Ancillary Fee (Orillia): 32.4716.24