Delivery Model

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University

At Royal Roads, you can choose to complete the Bachelor on Environmental Science program in 12 months on-campus or over two years through a blend of online and on-campus learning.

On-campus

Come to our beautiful Victoria campus to complete third- and fourth-year studies in one calendar year. Ideally suited to those who learn best in a face-to-face environment with other students and an instructor. The on-campus program features:

  • A cohort-based learning environment that fosters and supports successful learning through social interactions;
  • Individual laboratory exercises to improve lab skills in various disciplines;
  • Field exercises to build on previous field skills;
  • Team-based learning opportunities and coaching to improve team skills;
  • A challenging interdisciplinary course of study broken into four terms of study; and,
  • A student research project.

Student research project: this program capstone is a student-led, team-based environmental consulting project that occurs over 11 months. Students work with sponsor organizations on applied research projects with responsibility for the research design, budgeting, ethical approval and conducting of and reporting on the research. These projects are the perfect opportunity for students entering the environmental field to graduate with relevant work experience and highlight their abilities to potential employers.

What does this study model look like?

Each term’s schedule includes classroom instruction, as well as lab or field instruction. Field trips to relevant sites may also be included, in addition to online instructional components in some classes. Students can expect to be in class, labs and field studies from 8:30-4:30, Monday to Friday. Each term concludes with an examination week, followed by a break week. We encourage students to make use of their break by exploring Vancouver Island and the natural environments it offers.

Blended-delivery option

Unlike other distance programs, this option is neither self-directed nor self-paced. Our blended-delivery option combines three three-week campus study periods with year-long periods of distance study. The blended program is intended to allow students who are working full-time to earn a degree without putting life on hold. The blended-delivery option features:

  • A cohort-based learning environment that fosters and supports successful learning through social interactions;
  • Individual laboratory exercises to improve lab skills in various disciplines;
  • Field exercises to build on previous field skills;
  • Team-based learning opportunities and coaching to improve team skills;
  • A challenging interdisciplinary course of study broken into three on-campus residencies and two periods of distance learning; and,
  • Two courses on business decision-making and public policy formulation, particularly useful to students who already have considerable work experience.

What does this study model look like?

Online Learning:

Distances courses are organized such that any with lab components are adjacent to one of the residencies, while the other nonlaboratory courses take place during the centre of the distance periods. Courses are delivered online using the Moodle instructional platform, which is introduced during the first residency. Visit the courses page for a full course list. 

Distance courses are not self-directed nor self-paced and contain opportunities for teamwork and frequent online discussions with classmates and instructors. Typically, one course occurs at a time and lasts approximately nine weeks.

Expect to spend about 30 hours per week on coursework, although this varies depending on aptitude for and previous experience with the various topics. Each course may include a variety of both synchronous and asynchronous digital tools to allow for interaction between students and instructors.

Residencies:

Residencies are on-campus study periods that fundamentally impact your learning and clearly differentiates the BScES from other distance programs.

Residencies are three weeks long, beginning in late April/early May and ending on the May long weekend. During the residencies at Royal Roads, students undertake laboratory and field exercises not possible at a distance. Social interactions with faculty and staff are established when on campus and help sustain teamwork and learning during the distance-study periods.

Residencies include two to three courses and involve both classroom and lab/field instruction. Field trips, as well as online instructional components, may be included in some classes. Students typically attend class/labs/field studies from 8:00-5:30, Monday to Friday, with team meetings, homework and readings in the evenings or on weekends. Each residency concludes with two or three days of examinations or presentations.

For information about the program or how to apply, connect with an Advisor by email, or call 250.391.2528 or 1.877.778.6227 (toll-free).