York Environmental Studies (YES) for a Day!

York Environmental Studies (YES) for a Day!

Do you have a passion for environmental and social change? The York Environmental Studies (YES!) for a Day program is your opportunity to try out the Environmental Studies experience at York University and see if it’s right for you! We offer visits Monday to Friday, perfect for a PA day or during March Break.

Sitting in on a 1st or 2nd year Environmental Studies lecture

Meeting with a current Environmental Studies student

Chatting with an Admissions and Recruitment representative

Participating in an environmentally focused campus tour

Sample Itinerary

Time Activity
1:00pm-1:30pm Chat with Admissions expert
1:30pm-2:30pm Environmental campus tour with a current BES student
2:30pm-4:30pm ENVS 1000: Intro to Environmental Studies Lecture


Available Lectures


ENVS 1500: Intro to Environmental Science at 10:30am to 12:30pm

An introduction to the elements of physics, chemistry, biology and ecology that are necessary for the study of environmental problems. It also acquaints students with techniques (including computer techniques) for the description, organization and display of quantitative data.

ENVS 2000: Environmental Politics, Justice and the Arts at 12:30pm to 2:30pm

How do we change the world? How do we construct a just society in creative ways? This Area focuses on facing today’s environmental challenges through politics, art, philosophy, education and media. You will examine the relationships between humans and environments using literary texts, digital images, pop art and performance. Study how environmental inequalities arise, including class, indigenous, racial and gender dimensions. Learn methods for researching environmental justice issues, and strategies for addressing them both locally and globally. Develop analytical, artistic, writing, collaborative and presentation skills to envision and realize a better environmental future.


ENVS 2400: Environmental Management at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Drawing on the natural and social sciences, this course examines the role of policy and management strategies in addressing environmental, nature resource and conservation challenges, in ways supportive of sustainable development. It provides an overview of the concepts, knowledge and skills that are needed to be effective in environmental policy and management in government, business and not-for-profit sectors.


ENVS 1000: Intro to Environmental Studies at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

This course is designed to provide students with an introductory perspective or framework of understanding for environmental studies at the broadest level. The course introduces students to environmental issues, using the urgent, emerging prospect of the fate of the “Earth in our hands” as the main organizing ethical, scientific and practical theme throughout the year.


ENVS 2200: Urban & Regional Environments at 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Focuses on the interrelationships of the ecological, social, built and organizational environments within the urban and regional setting. It provides a critical understanding of urban and regional environments along with a solutions-based approach to addressing urban and regional issues with an explicitly environmental perspective. With the Greater Toronto Area as a field laboratory, there will be an emphasis on application and involvement


ENVS 1200: Taking Action Workshop at 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Students learn to identify, research, and act on local/global issues of environmental and social justice. Working in small groups, they develop basic skills in collaborative research, social analysis, action planning and creative communications. The workshop introduces them to the praxis pedagogy of the program, connects them to organizations addressing the issues, and culminates in actions and presentations.

Book your YES! Visit

Don’t see a date that works for your schedule?

Email us at fesinfo@yorku.ca and we can arrange a 1 on 1 meeting outside the lecture schedule to chat about the Environmental Studies experience including admissions, courses, and career outcomes.