Programs, Research & Opportunities

Programs, Research & Opportunities

Bishop’s University is located in the Eastern Townships of Quebec, and is surrounded by forests, rivers, lakes, and a variety of wetlands. We have the perfect surroundings for environmentally focused students.

Sustainability-related courses and programs

Biodiversity and Ecology

Part of the biology program, the Biodiversity and Ecology concentration is for Students interested in wildlife biology, ecology, zoology, plant science, and/or the environment. This degree prepares students for employment or graduate studies in these varied environmental and organismal fields. See the Biological Sciences website for more information.

Environment and Geography

The Department of Environment and Geography offers a wide variety of courses focusing on the intersection of humans and the natural environment. In order for a complete understanding of the human-environment interactions, people need to understand the science of the natural world, and the impacts humans are having on their environment, whether they be at a local, regional or global scale. We must understand how and why the environment is changing. Global warming, acid precipitation, ozone depletion, waste management and water conservation are issues which require thorough examination in or that proper decision-making processes can be implemented by leaders in government, industry and non-governmental organizations. We carefully and systematically examine all aspects of the environment so that our graduates can play an important role in the future of our environment. See the Department of Environment and Geography website for more information.

The Environmental Impact Assessment class performed and created an assessment of the Quebec Eco Lodge. They provided many sustainable designs for creating a more ecological, economical and hands on experience for visitors of the lodge. The class project will actually be implemented in the renovations of the Quebec Lodge site! See: Quebec Lodge Project – Recommendations for a Sustainable Future.

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. Bishop’s University has responded to this need by developing a new graduate-level Micro-Program in Climate Change. The program, the first English-language program of its kind in Québec, will offer instruction from leading experts on the science of climate change, its impacts, and strategies for its mitigation.

Courses relating to Sustainable Development

Sustainability spans beyond the Environmental studies and science departments at Bishop’s. In order to understand sustainable development one must research the diversity of culture, language, resource management, plants, animals, insects, and thought.

Exposure to various areas of study allows students to meet new professors and peers while exploring different areas of interest. Take a look at the array of courses relating to sustainability offered at Bishop’s University.

Research

Multi-scale Climate and Environmental Change (MUSCLE) Research Cluster

This research cluster studies the mechanisms driving climate and environmental changes at small, intermediate and large scales, and also addresses questions related to climate change impacts on land, water, biodiversity and society, as well as vulnerability assessment, mitigation and adaptation measures. Under the coordination of Dr. Matthew Peros, Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change, the cluster includes professors from the Natural Sciences and Social Sciences. A new cutting-edge laboratory has recently been built and equipped at a cost of approximately $800,000 with the help of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, the Government of Quebec and other partners.

Canada Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change

Dr. Matthew Peros, Canadian Research Chair in Climate and Environmental Change, uses primarily geological evidence to understand the causes of short- and long-term environmental changes and the role humans have had in shaping the natural world. These studies help us to better define the extent of natural climate variability, which in turn provides a critical long-term perspective on Anthropogenic climate change, as well as providing a deeper understanding of human-environmental interactions. Specifically, the work that he and his students is engaged in focuses on sea level rise and changes in storm and hurricane activity, as well as ancient and historic impacts on the environment in Eastern North America and the Caribbean.

Funding Opportunities

B.E.S.T. Project Fund

The B.E.S.T. Project Fund is the premiere experiential learning opportunity at Bishop’s. This unique fund is intended to assist students to determine their career paths and realize their ambitions. The funds are awarded to students whom the Selection Committee believes have the potential for significant achievement and impact once they graduate from Bishop’s. Find out more on the B.E.S.T. Project Fund website.