Environmental & Health Studies / Études sur l'environnement et la santé

About Program Admission Requirements

This program is suitable as a pre-professional program preparing students for faculties of environmental studies/sciences, law and education; and for work in health administration, government and the corporate world.

Developed by Professor Emeritus Allan Sangster — one of Canada’s first environmentalists — our Environmental & Health Studies program focuses on a social vision of the environment and health, preparing you for further studies in law, education, biomedical and environmental sciences, and for work in health administration in the corporate world. As a student, you’ll have the option of taking courses such as Communication, Health and Environment, Humans as Primates: Comparative Evolutionary Views, and Conservation Biology. Whether you join Professor Jocelyn Martel in his regular field trips and experiments in the Don River Valley bordering campus or take advantage of courses offered at the Keele Campus to complete the prerequisites needed for medical school, Environmental & Health Studies will equip you to discuss the issues relating to health and environment from a wide variety of perspectives.

Founded by one of Canada’s first environmentalists, our program focus includes ecology, environmental science, and health from a mainly biological perspective. You’ll develop a thorough understanding of environmental, ecological, biomedical and health-related issues with the transferable skills that are the cornerstones of a liberal arts education — all while studying in the perfect living laboratory: our beautifully wooded ravine campus. 

Small classes = a better foundation for learning

Our small classes offer more opportunities to learn from the experts, which can translate to stronger references for graduate study and a better foundation for careers in environmental policy, urban planning, teaching, and government.

Créé par l’un des premiers environnementalistes canadiens, notre programme est orienté sur l’écologie, les sciences environnementales et la santé, essentiellement du point de vue de la biologie. Vous acquerrez une compréhension approfondie des questions liées à l’environnement, à l’écologie, à la santé et au domaine biomédical, ainsi que les compétences transférables qui constituent les fondements d’une formation en arts libéraux ; de plus, vous étudierez dans un laboratoire vivant : notre magnifique campus situé dans un parc boisé abritant un ravin.

Petites classes = des bases plus solides

Nos petites classes offrent davantage d’occasions de profiter de l’expertise de vos professeurs, si bien que vous pourriez obtenir des lettres de recommandation plus convaincantes pour vos études supérieures, et acquérir des bases plus solides en vue de carrières dans l’élaboration de politiques environnementales, la planification urbaine, l’enseignement ou la fonction publique.

Sample First-year Schedule

  • Introductory Biology
  • Global Geography: Physical and Human Aspects
  • a language course (depending on language level, you would take French as a second language course, an English as a second language course or a discipline course taught in your second language)
  • Communication, Health and Environment
  • Heredity and Society

Possible Career Path

Learn more about our Career Centre
  • environmental officer
  • environmental policy analyst
  • teacher

Internationalize your degree

The iBA degree program reflects York's commitment to internationalization and requires you to acquire an international language and to gain international experience on exchange at one of York University's partner institutions abroad. You will benefit from enhanced interdisciplinary and cross-cultural knowledge, which are important components of the department's academic focus. Visit the International program page for more information.

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

We are adding to our database of admission requirements by country. Please check back in October for additional admission requirements by country. General requirements are currently available by country — note that program-specific requirements may apply in addition to general requirements.