<Faculty of Environmental Studies
BES Certificate Programs
While working towards the completion of their BES degree, students may opt to study towards a York University general or professional certificate in one of three areas: geographic information systems and remote sensing, environmental landscape design or refugee and migration studies. In order to do so, students are required to complete a number of required and elective courses, in addition to completing other degree requirements. Contact the FES Office of Student and Academic Services, room 137 Health, Nursing and Environmental Studies Building, for more information on applying to these certificate programs.
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
York University degree candidates and non-degree students may earn a Certificate in GIS and Remote Sensing. GIS and Remote Sensing encompasses the art, science and technology involved in collecting and managing geographically-referenced information.
Required Courses (24 credits):
ES/ENVS 4522 3.00
3.00 credits from the following list of elective courses
Note: Students intending to pursue the GIS certificate with the Faculty of Environmental Studies should enrol in ES/ENVS 3009 3.00 in their second year of study.
Students working towards this certificate must:
maintain a cumulative grade point average of 6.0 (B) in the certificate required courses and achieve a cumulative grade point average of 5.0 (C+) in all courses; and
register in the program after completing 24 credits.
Students who have been exempted from any of the required courses or non-degree students who have successfully completed the equivalent of any of the required courses must substitute additional credits from the certificate program elective courses list, for an overall total of 24 credits in the certificate program.
Certificate in Environmental Landscape Design
Undergraduate students may earn a Certificate in Environmental Landscape Design (ELD) as part of their BES Specialized Honours program. Along with the ELD certificate requirements, students must complete the BES Honours degree requirements. The ELD certificate is linked to the area of concentration in urban and regional environments, accordingly, ELD students must enrol in ES/ENVS 2200 6.00 as one of their area of concentration courses. The certificate emphasizes environmental design as an innovative and interactive practice to critically intervene in the social and environmental reclamation of urban landscapes, places, sites and ecologies. Lecture courses, studio workshops and site visits examine the social, experiential, political, ecological, artistic and technological aspects of ELD.
Required Courses (42 credits):
one additional three-credit course at the 3000 level in environmental studies*
* This three-credit environmental studies course will satisfy the core requirement instead of ES/ENVS 3011 3.00.
Minimum grade of 5.0 (C+) in each course credited to the ELD certificate and a cumulative grade point average of 5.0 (C+) must be maintained.
Certificate in Community Arts Practice (CAP)
York University students may earn a Certificate in Community Arts Practice (CAP). The certificate prepares students to collaborate with communities to make art of all forms, to express diverse identities, to explore and take action on social and environmental issues. Students develop artistic skills, deepen their social analysis, and learn to facilitate creative processes with groups working for social change.
Required Courses (24 credits):
In order to receive the certificate, candidates must achieve a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 4.0 or greater in the courses taken to satisfy the certificate requirements.
Note: Information on elective courses is available by contacting the Faculty of Environmental Studies and the Faculty of Fine Arts.
General Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies
Faculty of Environmental Studies students may earn a General Certificate in Refugee and Migration Studies while, and in addition to, fulfilling the requirements for the BES program. To qualify for the General Certificate, students must complete AS/SOSC 1130 9.00 (International Migration) or AK/SOSC 2000 6.00 (Introduction to Refugee Studies) and three full (or equivalent) courses from a list of approved courses of which at least two will be at the 3000 or 4000 level. The cumulative grade point average in these courses must be 5.0 or higher and BES degree requirements must be met.
FES students must submit a study plan to the education coordinator at the Centre for Refugee Studies (CRS), to ensure that all certificate requirements have been considered. Further information is available from the education coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies, or the coordinator's academically accredited designate.
AK/SOSC 2000 6.00
three full (or equivalent) appropriate courses
A list of pre-approved environmental studies courses follows. Other relevant courses may be selected and submitted for approval with the student's study plan, which must be reviewed by the education coordinator, Centre for Refugee Studies, or the coordinator's designate.
Environmental studies courses for the Refugee and Migration Studies Certificate:
Other courses are listed in the Faculties of Arts, Glendon and Atkinson calendars. For more information, please see the Centre for Refugee Studies Web site at http://www.yorku.ca/crs/.