University of Waterloo

Campus in Waterloo, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc, MSc, PhD) (co-op)
  • Climate Change (MCC)
  • Earth Sciences (BSc, MSc, PhD) (co-op)
  • Ecology & Environmental Biology (MSc, PhD)
  • Environment & Business (BES, MES, MAES) (co-op)
  • Environment & Resource Studies (BES, MES, PhD) (co-op)
  • Environmental Sciences (BES) (co-op)
  • Geography & Aviation (BES) (co-op)
  • Geography & Environmental Management (BA, BSc, BES, MA, MSc, MES, PhD) (co-op)
  • Geomatics (BES) (co-op)
  • Global Governance: Global Environment (MA, PhD)
  • Integrated Water Management (MES)
  • Knowledge Integration (BES)
  • Local Economic Development (MAES) (co-op)
  • Planning (BES, MES, MA, PhD) (co-op)
  • Social & Ecological Sustainability (MES, PhD)
  • Sustainability Management (MES)
  • Tourism & Parks Management (BHS) (co-op)

Co-op option: Yes

Why Go Here?

The Faculty of Environment at uWaterloo offers a wide range of interdisciplinary programs. The new LEED-platinum targeted ENV-3 building boasts a green roof and a constructed wetland for wastewater, offering great research and learning opportunities. The award-winning department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in the Faculty of Science houses the public Earth Sciences Museum, known for its permanent collection and visiting dinosaur exhibits.


Applied Learning

Canada’s largest environmental co-op program offers uWaterloo students a wealth of options. Field courses are available at the Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment in Huntsville, Ontario. The Knowledge Integration program takes students to museums abroad as part of a major final project – creating a virtual museum. The MAES in Local Economic Developement program includes a four-month internship in a field-related work environment, and the MDP program includes a four-month field placement in a developing country. The Ecology lab offers access to a wide range of field and laboratory equipment. Undergraduate International Development students spend two terms of their fourth year working on development projects either locally or in a developing country. Students can also pursue many other exchange options and courses in a variety of countries. 


Extracurricular Activities

The UW Sustainability Project and WPIRG help volunteers get involved with environmental and social issues around campus and in the broader community. The Environmental Students' Society represents undergradute students in the Faculty of Environment, and facilitates weekly meetings where undergraduates can voice their concerns. Students can immerse themselves in event planning, plant tending, marketing and many other volunteer initiatives. Other student sustainability groups include the Midnight Sun solar car team, R3Design and the UW Alternative Fuels Team.


Best Natural Feature 

The campus is surrounded by green space, trails, and wildlife, including a creek and Columbia Lake. The school is not far from Laurel Creek Conservation Area, giving students an extensive natural environment for recreation and hands-on learning. 


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