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Welcome to The School of Environmental Studies

Take a Queen's Dream Course in Fall 2016!

ENSC 203: Environment & Sustainability gives students the opportunity to engage with environmental citizenship and sustainability using inquiry-based learning strategies to stimulate interdisciplinary learning, thinking, and questioning.

For more information, check on the Principal’s Dream Course, check out Dreams come true in the Queen's Gazette

The Earth's environment is under stress, and the search for solutions is anything but simple: It requires an interdisciplinary approach to problem-solving and education. Our program emphasizes the diverse contributions of technology, the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems.

  • studying oil spill in Gulf of Mexico

    Colleen Greer wears protective gear while studying an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

  • Mackenzie Waller studies the occurrence of nuisance algal blooms (cyanobacteria) in Lake St. Francis through the study of watershed and limnological features

    Mackenzie Waller studies the occurrence of nuisance algal blooms in Lake St. Francis

  • aquatic sampling

    Students taking water samples in Lake Ontario

  • ENSC 801 field trip

    ENSC 801 students wear safety gear while on a field trip.

  • Andrea Kolbe with a group of test subjects

     Andrea Kolbe with members of a South African community

  • Mike McHugh on his bike

    MES student Mike McHugh rode his bike across Canada studying bike-friendly cities.

  • road sign showing cars and bikes sharing the road

    Road sign from a city where bikes and cars share the road

  • Peter Ralevic sitting with people in India

    MES student Peter Ralevic doing International Work in India

  • picture of two students in a sailbot

    Claire Kryczka and Jad Robitaille enjoy a day sailing on Collin's Bay

  • students using trash to make art

    MES students create EcoArt from trash

  • Environmental students plant trees in Victoria Park

    Environmental Studies students plant trees in Victoria Park

What We Offer

  • Interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate training
  • Integrative courses addressing the scientific, socio-political, philosophical and economic aspects of environmental issues
  • A faculty with a broad range of expertise and teaching experience
  • National and international perspectives
  • A sense of community with chances to get involved - on campus, in the local community, and at the provincial, national, and global level

Departmental Spotlight

Erinn Drage, a 4th year ENSC Major student participated in the Moscow International Model Arctic Council, held in Russia from Feb 16-20, 2016. 

The conference – devoted to the 20th anniversary of the Arctic Council –welcomed distinguished experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation along with youth delegates from around the world. As a representative of the Protection of Arctic Marine Environments (PAME) working group, Erinn helped create mock policies involving the protection of marine species and ecosystems. The week was full of friendly debate and was an experience that will not be forgotten.

She hopes to inspire her peers to take an active role in protecting the arctic and the natural environment. Great job Erinn!



The School of Environmental Studies appreciates your support. Donations to the department can be made through the Office of Advancement's secure website.

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ENSC Seminar Series

BioSciences Complex

Seminar Schedule

Resumes in September 2016