The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice (BScEP) 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 BScEP program in three main ways:
1. Speed. You have up to 7 years to complete the requirements of your BScEP 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:
- GIS and Remote Sensing
- Environmental Chemistry
- Integrated Pest Management
- Biodiversity and Conservation Biology
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Land Resources Management
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.
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 Science in Environmental Practice.
How may your journey in the BEP program look like?
Having completed years 1 and 2 of her undergraduate degree, Cindy was looking for a degree completion program to launch her career in the environmental field quickly, but she also needed to work and wanted to maintain her volunteer position at the British Columbia Environmental Network. Cindy chose the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice completion program because of the flexibility to choose her core and elective courses to align with her interests in science. The online delivery allowed Cindy to earn her degree in only 33 months while balancing her work and life. See how Cindy personalised her program:
John has worked his way up in the environmental field, but to advance his career further, he’ll need to upgrade his academic knowledge. John did a college diploma a few years ago, but he didn’t do too well because of some personal issues. John worries about his low GPA. His friend suggests the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice completion program at Royal Roads for their flexible admission policy that recognizes both John’s professional and life experiences. John is going to use the flexible assessment opportunity to advance his academic knowledge and his career. The wide range of electives allows him to select courses based on his professional goals. Although he can complete the online program in as little as 33 months, John decides to take the program at a more relaxed pace to make sure he can keep up with responsibilities at work and with his young family. See how John personalised his program:
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 counselling services that can help with anything from mental health to learning strategies.