Enhance your BES studies: Complete a Certificate Program with your degree

Enhance your BES studies: Complete a Certificate Program with your degree

While working towards the completion of their BES degree, students may opt to pursue a certificate in addition to their degree program. Students can choose from one of five areas: geographic information systems and remote sensing (GIS), community arts practice (CAP), refugee and migration studies (GSRM), sustainable energy (SE) or urban ecologies (UE). 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, 137 HNES or the Student Success Coordinator for more information on applying to these certificate programs.

Minimum Requirements for Multiple Certificates

Students may acquire more than one certificate during the course of their studies provided that at least 18 credits in each certificate program are unique to the specific certificate.

Residency Requirements

York University's residency requirement for undergraduate certificate programs is 18 credits for certificate programs requiring up to 36 credits, and 50 per cent of the required credits for certificates comprising more than 36 credits. Normally, for undergraduate certificate programs requiring 18 credits or less, all credits are completed at York.

The first certificate of its kind in Canada! Develop creative artistic skills, deepen your social analysis and learn to work collaboratively with community arts groups. Gain real world experience in placements with local cultural agencies and community organizations. Participate in international internships in Los Angeles, Mexico, Nicaragua and Panama.

This certificate encompasses the art, science and technology involved in collecting and managing geographically-referenced information. Learn applied skills including computer cartography, statistical techniques, satellite image processing and remote sensing to strengthen and enhance your degree.

Explore and gain applied skills in the area of sustainable energy, specifically in energy efficiency, conservation and demand management and renewable energy sources. Discover sustainable energy technologies and practices as foundations of cost-effective strategies to prevent dangerous climate change. Acquire expertise in sustainable energy policy, economics, law, technology, management, communications and evaluation along with hands-on applied training.

Learn how the many conflicts between the natural and urban environments emerge, are represented, and can be addressed. Explore the many connections between the two kinds of environments and learn how thoughtful planning can help address contemporary problems. Put your degree to work helping urban and environments and the natural environment exist together in closer harmony.

Explore refugee and migration issues in an interdisciplinary, environmental studies context. Work with internationally recognized professors whose focuses represent a multiplicity of academic disciplines. Enhance your studies by working with leading refugee organizations such as Amnesty International.