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Environmental Studies

Location: 137 Health Nursing and Environmental Studies Building (HNES), Tel.: 416-736-5252
Dean: B.L. Rahder
Associate Deans: M.J. Bunch and L.K. Fawcett
Undergraduate Program Director: G.S. Fraser
Professors: A.M. Armour, D. Barndt, I. Kapoor, R. Keil, L. Molot, B.L. Rahder, R. L. Salter, L.A. Sandberg, C.A.H. Sandilands, P.A. Victor, G.R. Wekerle, P.F. Wilkinson
University Professors Emeriti: G.A.P. Carrothers, F.J. Fletcher, W.C. Found
Professors Emeriti: D.V.J. Bell, G.P. Daly, G. Desfor, J.B. Ellis, B. Greer-Wootten, H.P.M. Homenuck, C.D. Morley, A.L. Murray, G.P. Penz, R.D. Schwass, J. Seager, E.S. Spence
Associate Professors: H. Ali, M.J. Bunch, M.D.F.P. Campbell, R. de Costa, L.K. Fawcett, S. Flicker, J. Foster, H. Ford-Smith, G.S. Fraser, L. Gilbert, S. Kipfer, U. Lehrer, R. MacRae, P.R. Mulvihill, P.E. Perkins, J. Podur, R.A. Rogers, D.N. Scott, J.W. Sheridan, P.C. Timmerman, M. Winfield, A. Zalik
Associate Professors Emeriti: F. Handy, B.L. Kettel, R.G. Macdonald, R.L. Peterson, B.M. Rutherford
Assistant Professors: J. Etcheverry, G. Sheng, L. Taylor, G.W. Thiemann
Sessional Assistant Professor: T. Leduc
Lecturer: R. Cavanagh

The Faculty of Environmental Studies offers both the BES Specialized Honours program (120 credits) and the BES program (90 credits). Both of these programs introduce students to the links between the exploitation of the natural world and justice issues related to class exploitation, racism and gender inequity. Fully aware of the growing interdependencies of human and natural life-worlds in a globalized environment, the Faculty of Environmental Studies believes that an inclusion of non-Western perspectives is essential to a fruitful discussion of all environmental issues. To that end, the Faculty strives to include a broad range of perspectives in its course offerings. The York University BES program is designed to equip students with the knowledge and understanding to deal effectively yet sensitively with complex environmental and social problems arising at the local, national or global scale. In this light, the BES program offers:

  • interdisciplinary expertise to understand and solve environmental problems;
  • opportunities to develop specific skills and for in-depth learning;
  • a wide range of courses covering the humanities, social sciences and environmental science;
  • an outlook that includes local and global, philosophical and applied questions;
  • an emphasis on bringing theoretical and practical matters together in the classroom;
  • the knowledge and skills need for environmental careers and graduate studies;
  • an atmosphere in which students know that learning matters.

Note: a BES program handbook is available each spring in the FES Undergraduate Office of Student and Academic Services,137 HNES Building or on the Faculty of Environmental Studies website at