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Why the School of the Environment at the University of Windsor?

The Learning Experience

Our national award-winning teachers will give you the knowledge and guidance you will need to excel at university, succeed in your career, and make a difference in your world. Our location puts you at the heart of the largest freshwater resource in the world, where you can study important environmental problems and solutions locally. Our smaller classes mean better teacher/student ratios and the personal attention that allows you to get the most out of your undergraduate experience. The flexibility of our program enables students, with faculty counseling, to choose the appropriate courses to be eligible for APGO (Professional Geoscientist) accreditation. This is unique among most Environmental Science degree programs (most of which are more biology or policy-oriented), allowing for a wider range of career choices including important careers in environmental consulting. With some of the most generous scholarship programs in Canada, such as the Outstanding Scholars Program, the University of Windsor makes higher-education affordable.

Research That Matters

School of the Environment faculty are carrying out cutting-edge research using state-of-the-art facilities that is being recognized around the world. In addition to conducting research across Canada, our faculty are involved in research programs ranging from Greenland, the seas around Alaska, tropical South America, drought-devastated Africa and Asia and right here, in the Great Lakes. This research strives to understand our changing environment, address the demands of society, and the impact it has on the daily lives of people.

As a School of the Environment student, you will have the opportunity to get invaluable, hands-on experience working with professors in research labs during your undergraduate years, using multi-million dollar facilities.

Your Choice of a Rewarding Career

With a great shortage of applicants for earth and environmental science-related jobs, and starting salaries often in excess of $80K a year, the opportunities are vast. Graduates of our programs find jobs in petroleum and mining companies, environmental and engineering consulting companies, environmental law and advocacy, environmental management and conservation, resource exploration and management, GIS/remote sensing analysis, geospatial consulting and land management, government agencies (geological surveys, environmental agencies, municipalities), teaching/education, and research. Canadian and US labour studies show the three largest areas of growth in jobs are consistently in the geotech, biotech, and nanotech sectors, with a predicted shortfall of 10's of thousands of skilled people in geotech within Canada alone.

Student Life

Hands-on experience working in your chosen field will be part of your program. A very active student club also organizes field trips for both learning and fun, as well as many other social events, film viewings, and earthly discussions. Come join our family!