York University

Campus in Toronto, Ontario


  • Biology (BSc, iBSc, MSc, PhD)
  • Biophysical Processes (BSc)
  • Earth & Atmospheric Science (BSc)
  • Earth & Space Management (MSc, PhD)
  • Ecology & Evolution (MSc, PhD)
  • Ecosystem Management (BES)
  • Engineering & International Development Studies (BA, BEng)
  • Environment and Culture (BES)
  • Environment and Health Studies (BA, IBA)
  • Environmental Biology (BSc)
  • Environmental Management (BES)
  • Environmental Politics (BES)
  • Environmental Science (BSc)
  • Environmental Studies (BES, MES, PhD)
  • Environmental Studies & Law (MES/JD)
  • Geography (BA, BSc, iBA, MA, MSc, PhD)
  • Geomatics Engineering (BASc)
  • Planning (MES)
  • Urban and Regional Environments (BES)
  • Urban Studies (BA, iBA)
  • Urban Sustainability (BES)

Co-op option: No

Why Go Here?

UI GreenMetric has ranked York as Canada’s greenest university for two straight years, and the university’s Sustainabile Energy Initiative has been created to strengthen green energy technology and economies. The school's Institute for Research and Innovation in Sustainability is an interdisciplinary centre dedicated to investigating contemporary environmental challenges. 


Applied Learning

Students can enhance their degrees with certificates in GIS and Remote Sensing, Urban Ecology, Sustainable Energy, Community Arts Practice or Refugee and Migration Studies. Biology students can participate in one or two week field modules associated with the Ontario Universities Program in Field Biology. The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a two-week field course in urban watershed management and biodiversity.


Extracurricular Activities

The President's Sustainability Council Student Sub-Comittee helps advance conservation policy and sustainability goals on campus. Many campus clubs focus on environmental issues, and students can get involved in the Eco Art and Media Festival or the "Women and Environments" magazine. Students can also volunteer as Sustainability Ambassadors, leaders who encourage sustainability throughout the university community. 


Best Natural Feature 

The Boyer Woodlot, a foreste area on York's Keele campus, contains over 30 tree species and is a significant heritage site, dating back to the area's First Nations communities.  The nearby Black Creek Valley includes a wide variety of natural habitats and is part of the Humber River watershed. 

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