Trent University

Campus in Petersborough and Oshawa, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc) (co-op)
  • Ecological Restoration (BSc)
  • Environmental & Life Sciences (MSc, PhD)
  • Environmental & Resource Studies/Science (BA, BSc, BESS)
  • Geography (BA, BSc)
  • Indigenous Environmental Studies (BA, BSc)
  • Sustainability Studies (MA)
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems (BA, BSc)
  • Water & Aquatic Science (BSc)

Co-op option: Yes


Why Go Here?

Trent offers a diverse community in which both undergrad and graduate students can collaborate extensively with faculty, staff and their peers. Students can participate in hands-on research and a number of co-curricular activities. Many students are actively involved in environmental, sustainable food, and social justice initiatives. The campus features several rooftop gardens, an LED lighting initiatve and a recycling/compost program. The Seasoned Spoon is a non-profit vegetarian cafe offering local, organic food for students.


Applied Learning

Trent's programs combine applied learning, field skills and theoretical knowledge to prepare students for the working world. Environmental & Resource Studies and Biology offer a number of field courses on restoration, forestry and wetland ecology. At the Peterborough campus, the nearby Oliver Centre is a valuable site for day trips and field experience. The Northern Field Course allows students to experience hands-on, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural learning in the Northwest Territories. The Centre for Community-Based Education gives students work placements with local organizations, the government and ECO Canada. The Impact Program is a program that prepares students for leadership within the Trent community and beyond. Jobs, internships and volunteer placements are also available through the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC), giving students the opportunity to increase their understanding of global issues and gain practical experience.


Extracurricular Activities

Sustainable Trent is a student-led group that advocates environmental justice and sustainability.  Dis-orientation is a week of workshops, discussions, tours and events related to social and environmental issues, sponsored by KWIC and other non-profit organizations. The Seasoned Spoon cafe hosts weekly food-focused workshops such as Beer Making and Gluten Free Baking. 


Best Natural Feature 

Trent's Peterborough campus boasts a beautiful natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, only 90 minutes from downtown Toronto. There are 12 nature reserves on campus, including several wetlands, forests, old-field habitats, and more than 200 hectares of active farmland. The Wildlife Sanctuary is a nature reserve with diverse natural environments and trails. The Lady Eaton Drumlin hill provides a panoramic view. 


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