What is Environmental Studies?
Environmental Studies is a physical science that bridges the sciences and humanities. It focuses on the social, economic, policy and scientific context of complex environmental issues. Drawing from a diversity of knowledge from experts and practitioners, it studies the causes and effects of environmental problems from across disciplines to generate multi-faceted solutions.
What makes Environmental Studies at UTSC unique?
Environmental problem-solving not only requires sound knowledge from the natural sciences, but from the social sciences and humanities as well. It is critical to understand how environmental change will impact humans, how impacts are received and weighed and what actions can be taken to address those impacts in an effective and inclusive manner. To understand these connections you will work on real world environmental problems with partners from government, industry, the ENGO and research communities.
Skills of Environmental Studies Grads
Environmental Studies Grads from U of T develop an interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues, gaining comprehensive skills and insights that contribute to transformative leadership in sustainability careers.
U of T Environmental Studies graduates have developed transferrable skills highly sought by the private, public and not-for profits sectors.
- Critically assess, integrate and mobilise information from an interdisciplinary perspective
- Utilize relevant project management, monitoring and evaluation techniques
- Consider environmental policies and principles when engaging in environmental decision making
- Communicate, orally and in writing, broad understanding of local, national and international environmental issues
- Engage in team-based research, analysis and problem-solving
- Apply statistical and data representation techniques to solve problems
- Utilize assessment tools to evaluate proposed environmental plans, policies or projects
Entry-Level Jobs for Bachelor Grads
Common employment destinations include:
- Project Leader in Environmental Non-Profits
- Stewardship Coordinator in Conservation Authorities
- Educational Program Officer for urban, rural and international development organizations
- Environmental Specialist/Coordinator in Private Corporations
- Environmental policy analyst in government agencies
- Environmental sustainability monitoring
- Environmental facilitators/conflict resolution
Graduate & Professional Studies
Popular further education opportunities include:
- Environmental Studies - Master
- Environmental Science – Master and PhD
- Sustainability Management – Master
- Environmental Management – Post-Graduate Diploma
- Geography and Planning – Master and PhD
- Forestry – Master
Examples of Fields that ‘Fit’ the Skills of Environmental Studies Grads
- Environmental Consulting
- Private/Public Research and Development
- Government (Municipal, Regional, Provincial, Federal)
- Sustainability Management (e.g. Recycling)
- Transportation infrastructure and planning
- Food and Agriculture
Your 4-Year Career Exploration Action Plan
1. Do Your Research
The databases below provide you with details about job prospects, nature of work, educational requirements, working conditions, pay and related career paths:
- Career Cruising: Log into cln.utoronto.ca, click on Resources, and click on Career Cruising to be logged in automatically
- O*Net: online.onetcenter.org (U.S. site)
Use the advice on our tip sheets for gathering information:
- Information Interviews
- Working On-Campus
2. Explore Career Options & Get Experience
- Extern Job Shadowing
- In the Field
- Explore It! (course-based)
- Partners in Leadership (4th year students)
- iLead, uLead, weLead (Department of Student Life)
- Employer Information Sessions
- Career & Volunteer Fairs
- Departmental Student Association Events
As a graduate, explore internships and other trainee programs like Career Edge.
3. Build Your Network
Explore professional associations and get involved! Volunteer for their events and get to know people in your industry of interest. These are your future mentors, supervisors and colleagues!
- Environmental & Physical Sciences Student Association
- Environmental Studies Association of Canada
- Ontario Environment Industry Association
- ECO Canada – Environmental Careers Organization of Canada
- Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP) Toronto
- Environmental Health Association of Ontario
- Ontario Environmental Network
- Planet Friendly
- Environmental Education Ontario
- Food Secure Canada
Please note: This information is a starting point for your further research into career options in this field of study. For more information on this program and course requirements, please visit the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences website.