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Bachelor of Science in Environment & Natural Resources

BscENR

The Bachelor of Science in Environment & Natural Resources degree allows you to learn in our outdoor classroom and choose a focus in one of three majors available. 

Program and career highlights

Student experience

We offer a uniquely integrated program structure with capstone real-world projects, indoor/outdoor labs, and a family atmosphere that facilitates a real comradery with your classmates and where professors get to know you by your first name.

Career readiness

We help you develop your resume, we conduct mock interviews, teach you time management skills, maintain a job bank, and have an employment officer focused on connecting you with potential employers.

Summer work experiences

These are plentiful, varied and high paying. Approximately 90 per cent of our students gain career-relevant summer work earning up to $10-$20,000 per summer. Employers come to our faculty from across Canada each year to interview our students on-site. 

Full-time employment opportunities and success

These are also plentiful, varied and high paying. Many of our graduates pursue graduate studies at various universities in Canada and abroad. Approximately 90 per cent of our students gain full-time work in the natural resource sector, with a starting salary between $40-$60,000, increasing to $100-$200,000 for mid- to late careers.

Our students gain employment with a wide range of organizations across Canada:

  • Federal/provincial departments of environment & natural resources
  • Environmental non-profit organizations
  • Community watershed associations
  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Forest and natural resources industries

Our program

Our environment provides us with the necessities of life: the air we breathe, the water we drink, the natural resources we use for food, heat, light, fuel, and the earth’s life-sustaining climate. These ecosystem functions also support a diversity of other species, which in turn strengthens the resiliency of ecosystems to adapt to a changing environment.

Expanding human populations threaten the environment through pollution of air and water, depletion of natural resources, climate change, and degrading the ecosystem functions that are so essential to life on earth.

This world urgently needs environmental professionals who can find ways to avert this threat.  

Our interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Environment and Natural Resources (BScENR) degree program will train you to understand ecosystems, the needs of species that depend on them, and how they are affected by human activities. Equipped with that knowledge, you will be challenged to find ways to reduce our footprint across the landscape, wisely use our natural resources and adapt to a changing environment.

You will take courses across a range of social science, natural science and management subjects including ecology, soil chemistry, environmental economics/sociology & statistics, hydrology, strategic management and many others. We will equip you to acquire and analyze information about the environment using advanced technologies such as GIS and GPS. You will integrate this knowledge in these areas with critical thinking and structured problem solving to help you design management plans that meet social, environmental and economic objectives.

Throughout your program, you will learn both indoors and outdoors in our classrooms and laboratories. You will also undertake projects involving research, planning, and implementation for real-world clients such as the cities of Fredericton and Saint John, Parks Canada, Nature Trust NB and others.

Our BScENR program prepares you to embark on a challenging and fulfilling career as an environmental professional. In fact, you will become eligible to officially acquire an Environmental Professional in Training (EPt) designation through ECO Canada. This will allow you to be recognized and employed by organizations in the environment and natural resources sector across Canada. 

Choose your major

Environmental Management

The Environmental Management major equips students with the knowledge, tools, and ethical foundation needed to address today’s complex environmental issues. Students build their expertise in the use of tools and techniques, such as environmental monitoring techniques, environmental risk assessment, environmental impact assessment, life-cycle assessment, environmental management systems, stakeholder engagement and others. Students in this major follow a course map that defines required core courses taken in each year.

Wildlife Conservation

The Wildlife Conservation major equips students with a mix of practical knowledge regarding wildlife ecology, as well as management strategies and techniques necessary to achieve conservation goals. The importance of societal values, governance, conflict, and policy are emphasized. Students taking this major can work towards becoming certified Wildlife Biologists. Students in this major follow a course map that defines required core courses taken in each year.

Water Resource Management

The Water Resource Management major is a multi-disciplinary program that includes biology, engineering, social science, biophysical science, and much more. Students in this program focus on sustainably managing watersheds to maintain water quality for drinking, recreation, fish and other wildlife, and overall ecosystem health. Students in this major follow a course map that defines required core courses taken in each year.

Your career

This degree program prepares you for a broad range of careers in the environment and natural resource sectors. The following is a list of positions our recent graduates hold:

  • Watershed manager
  • Protected areas manager
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Climate change mitigation officer
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental sociologist or economist
  • Environmental protection specialist
  • Land use planner
  • Hydrogeologist