Delivery Model

The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice (BAEP) is a degree completion program for self-motivated learners, 60 credits in length, and can be accomplished in as little as two and a half years – depending on your academic schedule and applicable transfer credit(s). You can also take a slower pace and complete the program in up to seven years to fit in with your busy life.

Understanding the rising need for flexible education, the program is delivered entirely online removing the need to leave your current employment and community to complete your bachelor’s degree. The core content of the program provides a comprehensive foundation in environmental practices, and through a wide selection of elective courses from universities and colleges across Canada, you’ll be able to maintain a broad but distinctive industry focus – or hone your skills in your specific field of interest.

Shape your learning

You can direct your learning journey in the BAEP program in three main ways.

1. Speed. You have up to 7 years to complete the requirements of your BAEP degree. You can take from 1 to 3 courses every quarter and so can take on as much, or as little as you are able to accommodate in your busy schedule. If even a single course is not possible in any given quarter you are also able to take leave of absence from the program.

2. Curriculum. Nearly half the program consists of pre-approved elective options selected from online offerings from over 10 colleges and universities across Canada. Courses cover many topics identified as crucial for the environmental jobs sector in Canada such as:

  • Communication
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Environmental management
  • Global issues
  • Law
  • Policy, governance, and administration
  • Project management
  • Sustainable community development

3. Capstone. The program pathway culminates in a capstone project – either a research paper or a practicum. Whether your wish to explore a single issue in more depth or a practical on the job challenge this choice gives you the flexibility to choose what is right for you.

Program Capstone

To demonstrate your learning and understanding of the topics covered in this program, you’ll complete either a 75-hour practicum or major research paper, both of which are developed with the guidance of your instructor and involve regular progress check-ins.

Your practicum begins with a project proposal, developed between you, your workplace supervisor, and your instructor. In addition to maintaining a journal to document your experience, you’ll be required to schedule and plan all parts of your project. The research paper requires a literature review and appropriate research, progress reports, and a draft for instructor approval prior to submitting your completed work.

View the courses and electives that make up the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice.

Student support

Just because you are not here, does not mean you are not connected to the University community. Support for you during your time on the program comes in many ways, and all are fully available and designed for students not physically on campus.

The dedicated program staff and faculty in the School of Environment and Sustainability can help you with planning and managing your learning from before you start the program. Visit the School of Environment and Sustainability blog to get to know more about the school’s initiatives, projects, research, and more.

Financial Support can be found through Royal Roads’ Financial Aid and Awards team who can supply information on grants, loans, and scholarships that may be available to help you fund your studies. Support for learning and wellness is provided through our various counseling services that can help with anything from mental health to learning strategies.

Our RRU library and Writing Centre provide comprehensive research and writing support services designed for students not physically on campus.

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