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How do we develop God's world with care?

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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 Studies program studies nature and how humans interact with God's creation. A strong focus on philosophy, politics and geography equips students to be stewards of the earth and its natural resources, focused on contemporary environmental issues and sustainability.

Environmental Studies is a Bachelor of Arts degree program. It is offered as a major and as a minor.

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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 an interdisciplinary understanding of populations, cities, and resources through courses that dig into economics, geography, and science surrounding environmental issues. These foundational courses prepare you to dig into topics that are specific to your areas of interest later on in your studies.

Environmental Studies 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

The social aspects of environmental issues are emphasized in your courses. Increase your understanding of environmental issues, sustainability, and environmental philosophy through courses like Environmental Impact Assessment and Resource Management, while also delving into topics around cultural geography, economics and politics, and social movements in courses like Population, Food and Sustainability.

Beyond the Classroom

On Redeemer's campus, the Whaley Teaching Garden, the natural regeneration site, rooftop greenhouse, and fully-equipped science labs allow for students and faculty to safely and professionally study different environmental issues such as ecology, zoology and toxicology.

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After Redeemer

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

James Cuthbert '09

owns and operates Urban Green, a company that creates indoor garden and green spaces in offices and homes across southern Ontario.

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.

Alumni can go on to careers as...

  • Environmental educators
  • Landscapers
  • Community planners
  • Urban and rural planners
  • Environmental consultants
  • Planning managers
  • Development managers
  • Environmental data managers

Alumni can do 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 Studies Stories

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Discovering His Intricate Creation

Two science students conducted research using PCR technology as part of Undergraduate Student Research Awards this summer, supported by NSERC and Redeemer.

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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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In Pursuit of a More Sustainable Campus

As the Redeemer community grows, the environmental science program explores sustainable options for future buildings on campus.

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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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Poetry and Ecology

Redeemer's Dr. Deborah Bowen explores in her public work and research how poetry can uniquely inspire us to care for the environment.

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