Why Environmental Studies?

TWU’s Environmental Studies delivers a broad education that goes beyond science to develop mindful, considered leaders in field of environmental science.

Why Environmental Studies?

TWU’s Environmental Studies delivers a broad education that goes beyond science to develop mindful, considered leaders in field of environmental science.

The TWU Department of Geography and Environment delivers broad-based education that develops skilled leaders in the interdisciplinary fields of geography and environmental science.

From day one, Geography and Environment students are engaged in coursework that is rooted in geography, biology, chemistry, and the social sciences. All coursework is delivered from a Christian perspective, and informed by biblical teaching that positions humans as trusted stewards of the environment.

There are many political, social, ethical and philosophical issues affecting the environment and students are encouraged to look across the disciplines. Led by passionate scholars, students are exposed to rigorous classroom studies, extensive fieldwork, and a wide horizon of opportunities both on and off campus. Students also have the option of four emphases to pursue so they can tailor their degree towards their interests and strengths.

Uniquely, Trinity Western University is situated within a complex biogeographic region including marine, freshwater and montane habitats that are all easily accessible and provide exceptional research opportunities for students. The TWU Crow's Nest Ecological Research Area, for example, is a 72.7-acre property on Salt Spring Island. In addition to its breathtaking views, this property holds much ecological significance as it is home to some of the few remaining Garry oak (Quercus garryana) meadows in British Columbia. There are more plant species in this ecosystem than any other terrestrial location in coastal BC, and it is our responsibility to manage this property in such a way as to keep it ecologically healthy for future generations to enjoy. Our on-campus Ecosystem Study Area and nearby Blaauw Eco Forest also provide excellent opportunities for hands-on study.


Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Field Study Sites

TWU’s Ecosystem Study Area (ESA) and Crow's Nest Ecological Research Area are diverse and sensitive habitats dedicated to the study, preservation, and proper management of the environment.

Careers in Environmental Studies
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A degree in environmental studies lands students in careers in:

  • Environmental consulting
  • Environmental education
  • Ecological restoration
  • Land use planning and conservation
  • Agricultural industries
  • Environmental monitoring and cleaning management
  • Environmental laboratory analysis
  • Energy and forestry industries

Faculty Profiles

Paul Brown, Ph.D.

Chair of Chemistry
Professor of Chemistry

David Clements, Ph.D.

Co-Chair of Geography and Environment
Professor of Biology

David Jordan, M.A.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Geography; Coordinator, Department of Geography

Geraldine Jordan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies

Terry Neufeldt, B.Sc., M.Ed.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Geology, Geography and Physics

Maxwell Ofosuhene, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Geography, Chair, Geography, History and Political & International Studies Department

Karen Steensma, M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies