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Participating in the Environmental Studies program at the University of Winnipeg was a horizon-expanding opportunity for me. It opened my eyes to so many different challenges that our planet faces, viewed from so many different angles and perspectives.

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The multi-disciplinary approach taken in this program gave me a broad understanding of many different fields, but also allowed me to specialize where I thought fit; no two graduates have taken identical paths to completion.

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The program is extremely flexible, allowing students to take time off to work and travel, and gives multitudinous course offerings and options.

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I believe it has given me a better understanding of the world in which we live and that it has left me well-prepared for my post-university life, both in terms of my career and my personal life.

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The many lessons learnt, papers written, sleepless nights, and laughs throughout my classes, will always be cherished as a great chapter in my life.

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Throughout my studies at the UW, the exceptional aptitudes and expertise portrayed by professors and instructors have been intellectually and personally, enriching.

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The University of Winnipeg's Environmental Studies program familiarized me with the complex and evolving nature of environmental issues, which extend beyond the scientific domain into the social, economic and the ethical.

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Message from the Chair

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors;
we borrow it from our children.”

~ Ancient Native American Proverb ~

Our planet, society and even our cultural values are facing many challenges today; some are of natural origin while many are human-induced. Global warming, air and water pollution, the loss of biodiversity and scarcity and inequitable distribution of resources are some of the key environmental challenges that need to be addressed and resolved without delay. The challenges are complex, bringing about new opportunities for collaboration across disciplines.

With a shift towards an economy built on sustainability principles, employment opportunities in the field of environment had been growing rapidly, regionally and globally. Today, almost every nation is trying to shift towards a green or alternative energy economy, encouraging and developing the processes of using renewable energy sources, recycling, resource conservation, sustainable agriculture and forestry, eco-tourism etc. which present some very interesting opportunities in environmental careers.

Formed in 1970, the Environmental Studies Program at the University of Winnipeg offers integrated degree programs that provide the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to identify and assess the scientific, economical, political, social and technical components of environmental issues. Internationally recognized for our interdisciplinary approach in teaching and research, our professors come from diverse disciplines such as Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Forestry, Geography, Law, Politics, Sociology, Soil Science and Urban Studies. Both the B.Sc. and B.A. degree programs in different streams support the education and preparation of knowledgeable, competent individuals to participate in the resolution of environmental challenges critical to our future.

Navigate through our website for more information on the degree programs in Environmental Studies at the University of Winnipeg .

Richard Westwood, Ph.D.