Environment, Agriculture and Geography

Environment, Agriculture and Geography

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The Department of Environment, Agriculture & Geography focuses on human-environment interaction by analyzing interrelationships of physical and human phenomena on the earth, from both scientific and social perspectives. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) examines everything from farm to table through the lens of sustainability (environmental, social, economic). Our Educational Farm is a living land laboratory, located on the BU campus, to give students hands-on learning experiences.

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Environmental Studies, Environmental Sciences, and Geography Programs

At Bishop’s, we explore pressing issues in environment and geography through both human and physical dimensions in our undergraduate degree programs. Do you want to gain hands-on, specialized knowledge and experience in topics ranging from environmental justice to sea level change? Or are you hoping to simply learn more about these subjects as a compliment to another program? Either way, our honours, major, and minor programs in environment and geography are for you.

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Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS) Programs

Do you wish to become an active participant in making a difference in the world? Change how you think globally and act locally? Acquire skills in ecological food production, a comprehensive understanding of how agroecosystems work, and earn an internationally recognized “Permaculture Design Certificate”?

Micro-Program in Climate Change

Finding solutions to the problems brought on by climate change requires educating a new generation of global citizens well-versed in the concepts, issues, and challenges associated with such a complex topic. The Micro-Program consists of a broad range of courses covering cutting-edge topics in climate change science.

Why study in the Department of Environment, Agriculture and Geography at Bishop’s?

“…I was able to become involved in student projects on and off of campus, complete an honours thesis and work as a research assistant. My years at Bishop’s were instrumental in shaping my outlook on the world and allowing me to realize the potential geographical research has for improving the world around us…”

Courses & Programs

The Department of Environment, Agriculture and Geography offers both B.A. and B.Sc. majors and a wide variety of courses focusing on the intersection of humans and the natural environment.

Undergraduate Degree ProgramB.A. Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies (EST)
B.A. Honours in Environmental Studies, 60 credits
B.A. Major in Environmental Studies, 48 credits
Minor in Environmental Studies, 24 credits

Undergraduate Degree ProgramB.A. Geography

Geography (GEO)
B.A. Honours in Geography, 60 credits
B.A. Major in Geography, 45 credits
Minor in Geography, 24 credits

Undergraduate Degree ProgramB.Sc. Environmental Science

Environmental Science (ENV)
B.Sc. Honours in Environmental Science, 81 credits
B.Sc. Major in Environmental Science, 75 credits
Minor in Environmental Science, 24 credits

Undergraduate Degree ProgramB.A. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS)
B.A. Honours in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 60 credits
B.A. Major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 48 credits
Minor in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 24 credits


Undergraduate Degree ProgramCertificate Programs

Certificate in Environmental Studies and Geography, 30 credits

Certificate in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems, 30 credits

Graduate Degree ProgramCertificate Program – Micro-Program in Climate Change

The basic entry requirement will be an undergraduate degree in any field from a recognized university with at least a B standing in the final two years of study. There are no specific pre-requisites, but students will need to be comfortable with basic mathematical and scientific concepts.

students working in a lab
State-of-the-art facilities


Our campus is located at the confluence of the St. Francis and the Massawippi rivers, in an area rich of lakes, marshes, and hardwood forests. The area is ideal for hands-on projects in outdoor recreation and environmental science courses, as well as climate change research. Our Environmental Science students also have access to the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, and other department laboratories

Students working on the farm
Getting our hands dirty

Educational Farm

The Educational Farm is a laboratory for field teaching, experiential learning, and exploration. Students will be trained in ecological agriculture, permaculture design, market gardening, organic fruit production, animal husbandry, agroforestry, and other systems, while nurturing a transdisciplinary, systems-thinking perspective. The Educational Farm also provides space for exploring and experimenting with solutions to agricultural and food systems challenges, and it will serve as a platform for a variety of participatory projects.

Engaged professors with an open door policy

About your professors

Dr. Bardati’s research interests revolve around agroecology and sustainable foods systems, adaptation to climate change, and water management. Dr. Aoun is a horticulturist and a plant scientist. Through a multidisciplinary approach in agricultural sciences, she strives to create and integrate different strategies and technologies in order to build sustainable production systems. Dr. Levac is conducting research on climate change. Her present focus is on the health impacts of airborne pollen and air pollution on human health.



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