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Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Founded in 1970 as Environmental Studies (ES) Program, it was one of the first interdisciplinary undergraduate environment programs in Canada, and one of the first few to emerge worldwide. During the last three decades the activities and the functions of the ES program grew substantially, and in 2012, changed its name and status to a department.

Following the general principles of sustainability, Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences (DESS) takes an integrated yet practical approach to human-environmental interactions and resource and environmental problems.

The mission of the DESS is to maintain and restore the health of the ecosphere and its people by:

i) educating and training the environmental leaders of tomorrow,
ii) creating and disseminating knowledge, and
iii) engaging with communities at local, regional and global levels.



The BA degrees in Environmental Studies and the BSc degrees in Environmental Science at The University of Winnipeg have been accredited by the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC) and Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) Canada.
The Environmental Studies BA degrees were the first of their kind in the Province of Manitoba to be accredited.
This accreditation to both BSc and BA programs demonstrates to students, parents, educators and industry that our degrees meet a national standard of quality.

The Environmental Studies Program offers various degree options:

BA students can take one of the following two streams:

BSc students can choose from among the following four streams:

They also have the opportunity to add on a Business Stream (see the “Science with a Business Stream” section of this Course Calendar).



DESS summer advising schedulefor 2019 is available here.


DESS programs include multiple writing assignments. Become a permanent visitor of the Writing Centre and master the writing skills required to excel in your career.
Information on the Writing Centre is available here.



What's New?
Winter Courses to Highly Consider
Message from the Chair
Monthly Seminar Series
Global Environmental Systems
Issues in Sustainability
Urban Environments