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Environmental Science

How is the Christian called to steward God's creation?

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As we look at the world around us, it's alarmingly evident that humanity faces significant environmental challenges that are complex, multi-faceted, and of ever-increasing importance. Redeemer's Environmental Science program studies nature and how humans interact with God's creation. A strong focus on biology and chemistry equips students to be stewards of the earth and its natural resources, focused on contemporary environmental issues and sustainability.

Environmental Science is a Bachelor of Science degree program within the Chemistry & Environmental Studies Department. It is offered as an honours major and as a major.

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Right from the start, small class sizes allow for meaningful class discussion, lead by professors who are actively researching in the field and excited to include students in their work.

First-year courses provide foundational skills and knowledge in multiple science disciplines, giving you an interdisciplinary understanding of the topics that you'll dig into later on in your studies. Many classes, already in your first year, include a lab component where you'll participate in real-world experiments and use professional-grade equipment.

Environmental Science The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Scientists have a deeper sense of stewardship when they have a biblical understanding of creation care.
  • Researchers can communicate their findings more clearly when they know how to write persuasively.
  • Urban planners are able to design better communities when they understand the diverse needs of people.

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In the Classroom

In your classes, you will focus on the scientific aspects of environmental issues by developing critical thinking, analytical, and scientific writing skills in courses like Ecology and Evolution, Field Biology, Intro to Geographic Information Systems, and Toxicology. Small classes taught by dedicated professors who are experts in their field mean you will conduct and critically assess research as you review the methods, concepts and findings of chemistry researchers and experiments.

Beyond the Classroom

The toxicology lab makes it possible to pursue unique projects on campus. Redeemer students will conduct new types of research with fish in the aquatic toxicology lab with honours science students given dedicated lab space to work on independent research alongside faculty like Dr. Joel Klinck who continues to investigate the impact of toxins on the molecular structure of cells.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s environmental science program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Amila Dreise '13

is using her passion for the environment to build community, provide education and care for creation at A Rocha as Ontario development manager.

Justin Eisinga '15

combines his interests of theology and environmental care, spearheading a composting initiative to reduce waste buildup in landfills.

Alumni have gone on to careers as...

  • Conservation specialists
  • Planning managers
  • Development managers
  • Environmental data managers
  • Ecologists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Conservation scientists

Alumni have done further studies to earn...

  • MA in Environmental Design
  • MSc in Land Resource Sciences
  • MA in Environmental Studies
  • MA in Urban Planning
  • MA in Landscape Architecture

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Environmental Science Stories

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Ecological Innovation at CMU

By spearheading a campus-wide composting initiative at Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Justin Eisinga ’15 is able to combine his two great...

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Cultivating Creation in the Workplace

James Cuthbert ’09 owns and operates Urban Green, a company that creates indoor gardens and green spaces in offices and homes across southern Ontario.

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A Bustling, Bee-Certified Campus

Redeemer's core capstone course achieves a new level of creation care by making its bee friendliness official.

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Advancing the Study of Hamilton’s Contaminated Waterways

As part of a year-long water quality study in Hamilton’s Chedoke Creek, student Masozi Palata is using DNA analysis to identify the source of fecal contamination in...

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Creation Care in the City

Through her work with A Rocha, Amila Dreise ’13 is advancing care for creation in Hamilton and Ontario at large.

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Christ-Centred Researchers

The Science Research Fellowship, which allowed high school students to contribute to university-level research with Redeemer faculty, was a major success.

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Engaging young Christians in the sciences

This summer, Redeemer continues to invest in experience-enhanced learning by offering a one-week intensive science research fellowship for high school students.

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Monitoring pollution in Hamilton watersheds

Dr. Edward Berkelaar and Dr. Darren Brouwer will monitor pollution in Hamilton watersheds with funding from a second Zylstra grant.

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