There are two options for a degree in Environmental Studies: the Honours BES degree and the BES degree. The checklist you fill out depends on the degree program and the Area of Concentration you choose to pursue. See below for explanations of the two degree options and links to the appropriate Program Checklists.
Honours BES degree
All BES students automatically start out in the Honours BES degree program. For this degree, you must earn a minimum of 120 credits which usually takes four years of full-time study. You must also maintain honours standing which relates to a minimum cumulative grade point average, details of which are outlined in the Academic regulations.
An Honours BES degree signifies higher academic achievement and more depth of knowledge than a BES degree. An Honours BES degree also provides you with more flexibility if you wish to continue your studies – for example, an Honours degree is usually required if you wish to pursue graduate studies.
Dual Credentials Programs
Dual Credentials Programs offer students the opportunity to receive a combined university degree and a college diploma from either Seneca College or Fleming College, or a certificate from Humber College, in what would otherwise take seven years. The York-Humber program may be completed in four years, while the York-Seneca and York-Fleming College programs are five years in duration.
For this degree you must earn a minimum of 90 credits, which usually takes three years of full-time study. Although students are initially enrolled in the Honours degree program, they have the option of switching to the Bachelor’s degree program at the beginning of their third year if they want to complete their studies earlier.
Students enrolled in the Honours degree program whose cumulative grade point average falls below the acceptable level will automatically be placed in the BES degree program.