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Be the solution. With our focus on ecosystem management you’ll learn to navigate today’s complex environmental, economic and societal challenges to ensure the long-term viability of our natural ecosystems.

Prepare yourself for a successful career in this growing field with our integrated program that blends theory with practical, hands-on lab and field experience. The specialization in ecosystem management will allow you to select additional topics complementing the environmental sustainability degree-diploma including, but not limited to environmental impact assessment, environmental biomonitoring, geomatics, and more. You’ll be provided with opportunities to develop advanced lab and field skills that allow you to meet and adapt to the growing demands of a career in the environmental sciences.

Admission requirements

Ontario high school students: Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with a minimum of six Grade 12 U or M
courses including:

  • English (ENG4U), and
  • One (1) credit from Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), or Data Management (MDM4U)

A minimum final average, based on the best six Grade 12 U or M courses, of 75% is required.

Not an Ontario high school student? Visit our Admissions page for admission requirements for all other applicants.

Tuition and Fees 2022/2023

Domestic Fees: $7,094.83*
International Fees: $29,610.32*

For detailed fees information, visit Finance and Fees.

Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries

More than $11-million in scholarships, bursaries and awards are available to incoming Lakehead-Georgian students. Explore OSAP, as well as awards, scholarships and bursaries that are available to you.

Program Details


Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science (Environmental Sustainability) Specialization in Ecosystem Management (from Lakehead University), Environmental Technician Diploma (from Georgian College)

Degree Options

BSc (Honours) + Ontario College Diploma
BSc + Ontario College Diploma


Years 1 and 2 – Georgian Barrie Campus
Years 3 and 4 – Lakehead Orillia Campus

Start dates



Four years

OUAC code


Career Opportunities

Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, there are a number of career options for our graduates in the environmental sciences field working for small and large corporations. Here are a few careers you could have after graduation.

  • Agricultural technologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Ecologist
  • Environmental compliance officer
  • GIS analyst
  • Hazardous materials specialist
  • Microbiologist
  • Waste Management Specialist

Courses you’ll take

The majority of courses that you will be required to complete for the environmental sustainability degree-diploma program will be science-based, including biology, geography, chemistry and geology, combined with specialized environmental and natural sciences courses and technology courses such as GIS and geomatics, environmental thought and policy, and more. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Environmental Sustainability course outline.

Lily S.

Environmental Sustainability: Fourth-year student
Hometown: Newmarket, Ontario

“One of the primary reasons I chose Lakehead-Georgian was the integrated program, which allows me to get both a diploma and a degree in just four years. I have always been deeply passionate about the environment and this program’s diverse and extensive courses greatly appealed to me. Personally, I have been fortunate to spend almost every day this summer in the labs, thanks to my work-study position as a research assistant. Spending time in the labs has been an absolute joy for me. I’ve been able to engage in hands-on research and gain valuable practical experience, complementing the theoretical knowledge gained in class. The labs have truly become a second home where I can delve deeper into my passion for environmental sustainability and make a real difference in the field.”

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