Ryerson University

Campus in Toronto, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc) (co-op)
  • Environment & Urban Sustainability (BA)
  • Environmental Applied Science & Management (MASc, PhD)
  • Geographic Analysis (BA)
  • Spatial Analysis (MSA)
  • Urban & Regional Planning (BURP)
  • Urban Development (MPl)

Co-op option: Yes

Why Go Here?

Ryerson is located in the heart of downtown Toronto, surrounded by malls, restaurants, and the city's transportation system. Living in Toronto gives students easy access to high profile conferences and events like the Urban Agriculture Summit (2012) or Grey to Green (2014), a conference on the health benefits of green infrastructure.  Programs offer flexibility and depth by exploring both the physical and human aspects of the environment. Ryerson has developed a Master Plan to revitalize the campus and shape the surrounding neighbourhood. 

Applied Learning

Ryerson believes in innovative, career-focused education. Programs include optional or mandatory internships with businesses, government and/or social services. Students can gain practical experience by participating in work-terms between their 2nd and 4th years of school. Students can also spend time studying or working overseas. The school supports projects with local organizations and offers funding for student-led community initiatives. 

Extracurricular Activities

Ryerson's facilities include a battery recycling program and indoor bicycle parking. The student-run Sustainability Committee organizes initiatives to promote sustainability and environmental justice. The Committee has organized street fairs, advocated for sustainable energy and waste management on campus, fought to make Ryerson the first bottled-water free campus in Ontario, and campaigned to make Gould Street car-free. The committee also runs the campus's community garden and raises awareness about food security. The Ryerson Farmers' Market on Gould Street has become popular event, now taking place every Wednesday. The market offers fresh Ontario produce, food trucks, music and much more.

Best Natural Feature 

The Campus Facilities & Sustainability Grounds Crew maintains 480 mature trees, 61 flowerbeds and 91 planters around Ryerson. The Quad is the school's largest green space. Nearby in downtown Toronto is Allan Gardens, a large park on Carleton street which includes a community playground and dog park. The park also contains Allan Gardens Conservatory, an indoor botanical garden free to the public and open 7 days a week year-round. 

Join a national network of environmentally-minded students