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Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (Co-op) University of Guelph University of Guelph, Canada

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CAD 34698

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*Subject to change and other fees
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CAD 90 Waived

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60 months


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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice (BIESP) is an interdisciplinary science degree that focuses on the development of leaders in areas of environmental science, land-use and policy development who are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. This science degree emphasizes the respectful and consensual braiding of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to address complex environmental issues and challenges. It focuses on the responsible use and protection of the natural environment through practices based on Indigenous ways of knowing and doing and the practice of Indigenous land ethics grounded in Indigenous epistemologies, ontologies, traditions and aspirations. By explicitly recognizing the inherent validity and value of Indigenous ways of knowing and doing, this interdisciplinary program offers a critical, yet constructive, view of environmental science, grounded in Indigenous knowledge systems, methodologies, priorities and values and oriented towards concrete action. In addition to their studies of natural and applied science, students will examine the historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada and the legal, political and economic context of environmental science and practice.  

Experiential learning is incorporated into each year of study through opportunities to interact and work directly with Indigenous communities and organizations supporting cross-cultural learning and practice. In the final year, students will conduct a group project that focuses on a current environmental issue and provides the opportunity to obtain realistic experiences within the interdisciplinary context of practicing environmental science with Indigenous communities. The BIESP is also offered as a co-op option. 

Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the BIESP degree will have demonstrated they can:

  • Build awareness of Indigenous cultural frameworks of environmental science including the role of traditional knowledge keepers, right relations, multi-generational environmental stewardship, and inclusion of non-human beings. 
  • Consider the implications of historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in influencing governance, practices, policies, interactions and decision making in environmental science and practice. 
  • Apply a critical and decolonial lens to the existing approach to environmental science and practice in Canada through the exploration of Indigenous principles, aspirations and practices while cognizant of the historical and ongoing legacy of colonization, land dispossession, and intergenerational trauma. 
  • Apply the evolving legal frameworks of Indigenous and non-Indigenous environmental science, which include Indigenous People’s inherent, treaty and constitutionally-protected rights, historic and contemporary lands, the minimal standard of free, prior, and informed consent, duty to consult and Indigenous-led practices of protection and restoration of special places and community well-being, to environmental stewardship.  
  • Bridge and braid Indigenous and Western knowledge systems to propose and evaluate answers and solutions to environmental questions.  
  • Formulate relevant and testable research questions, develop and implement an effective method of inquiry and perform appropriate quantitative and qualitative analyses for use in evidence-based environmental planning, policy development and implementation across different knowledge systems from Indigenous and Western research paradigms and methodologies.  
  • Utilize techniques and skills including mapping and GIS, data classification, spatial analysis, map design, Indigenous research methodologies and environmental risk assessment practices to analyze environmental management issues across different knowledge systems. 
  • Demonstrate project management skills (leadership, negotiation, communication, problem-solving, decision-making, time and task management, and budgeting) to effectively work within a team to complete multifaceted projects related to environmental management, research, and community engagement. 
  • Communicate ideas, arguments and analyses to Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences accurately and effectively, recognizing the role of language, personal values, strengths and limitations, and respecting diverse perspectives.  
  • Demonstrate moral maturity and intercultural competency by considering diverse perspectives on environmental issues and Indigenous world views when acting as a professional and community member in decision making processes related to topics of land use, conservation, sustainability and environmental remediation and restoration. 
  • Critically reflect on their personal values, academic and professional goals and determine how they can continue to respectfully engage and sustain relationships with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities to address environmental challenges utilizing both Indigenous and Western scientific knowledge systems and ethical protocols. 
  • Appreciate and support the needs and priorities of Indigenous communities to promote respect, protect and sustain Indigenous knowledge and practice in Indigenous communities.

The Co-op program in Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice is a five-year program including four work terms. Students must follow the academic work schedule as outlined below (also found on the Co-operative Education website: 

Indigenous Environmental Science and Practice Academic and Co-op Work Term Schedule

Year Fall Winter Summer
1 Academic Semester 1 Academic Semester 2 Off
2 Academic Semester 3, COOP*1100 Academic Semester 4 COOP*1000 Work Term I
3 Academic Semester 5 Academic Semester 6 COOP*2000 Work Term II
4 OOP*3000 Work Term III OP*4000 Work Term IV Off
5 Academic Semester 7 Academic Semester 8 N/A


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Additional Information

Program Level Bachelor's Degree

College/University Processing Time 7 Days

Program Format Full-Time

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) work permit

Program Intake


Sep 2024

General Admission Requirement

    • Minimum Overall Score - 6.5 - With No Band Less Than - 6
    • Minimum Overall Score - 89 - With no score less than - 21
  • PTE
    • Minimum Overall Score - 60.0  Minimum Listening - 60.0  Minimum Reading - 60.0  Minimum Writing - 60.0  Minimum Speaking - 60.0  
    • Minimum Overall Score - 110.0  

Academic Requirement

  • Minimum Level of Education Required: To be accepted into this program, applicants must have Grade 12 / High School Diploma or equivalent including the following required course(s):
    • English
    • Advanced math
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • 2 additional courses

Note: Advanced Math is one of Pre-Calculus, Functions, (I) GCSE, CSEC, IB Math (only SL/HL Analysis & Approaches, HL Applications & Interpretations), or other equivalent Math containing Advanced Functions, Algebra, Geometry, or Trigonometry, approved by Admission Services.

6.5 IELTS Score
89 TOEFL Score Minimum Overall Score
60 PTE Score Minimum Overall Score
110 Duolingo Minimum Overall Score
75% CGPA Minimum Overall Score

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Tuition Fee

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Average Tuition Fee Per Year


Tuition Fee

CAD 90 Waived

Application Fee

11000 Per year

Average Cost of Living

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International Entrance Scholarships: $18,500 - $21,500 CAD

International students entering post-secondary studies for the first time and registering in the first semester of a degree program in the fall semester.

Admission Average Current Value for Fall 2024 (year 1) Annual Renewal Amount (years 2, 3 and 4) Overall 4 Year total
95.0% and greater $9,500 $4,000 $21,500
90.0% - 94.9% $8,500 $4,000 $20,500
85.0% - 89.9% $7,500 $4,000 $19,500
80.0% - 84.9% $6,500 $4,000 $18,500


Eligibility Students' Responsibilities Conditions Renewal criteria

Will be based on the admission offer average calculated by the University of Guelph’s Admission Services. U of G will determine averages for applicants who are not studying in a Canadian secondary school curriculum based on curriculum, grading practices and grading scale interpretation.

Students admitted in fall 2020, Fall 2021, Fall 2022, Fall 2023 or Fall 2024 and receiving an entrance scholarship are eligible to receive a $4,000 award in years 2, 3 and 4 if all renewal criteria (see below) are met each year.

Submit an application for admission.

Ensure that my admission application is complete and all documents are received as requested by Admission Services, University of Guelph.

Recipients must register for both the fall and winter semesters in year 1.

Recipients must pay the International student tuition and fees.

Recipients must remain registered in full-time studies and achieve a minimum 80.0% average in their previous academic year of full-time study (typically fall/winter).

Recipients must continue to pay the International student tuition and fees.

Students who fail to qualify for a continuing payment may re-qualify by subsequently obtaining an 80.0% or better average in the previous academic year of full-time study. Payments lost cannot be added to the end of the award period.

NOTE: Entrance scholarships cannot be deferred. Students who defer their offer of admission are reconsidered the following year based on the availability of scholarship for that cohort.

Dr. Franco J. Vaccarino President's Scholarship:

The University of Guelph's most prestigious undergraduate entrance award for international students. It was established in honour of the University’s eighth president, Dr. Franco Vaccarino, to acknowledge his remarkable impact on the University.
One scholarship is awarded each year to the top international student. It is valued at $42,500 and includes a research assistantship position and mentorship by one of the University's leading professors.

You are eligible to apply if you:

  • Have submitted an application for admission and have a valid U of G student ID number;
  • Are an International (VISA) student;
  • Are entering the first semester of any undergraduate degree program at the University of Guelph;
  • Have not previously attended a post-secondary institution;
  • Have at least an admission average equivalent to a 90.0% Canadian curriculum; and
  • Have made significant leadership contributions to your school and community.
  • Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada are not eligible for this scholarship regardless of current country of residence or international school credentials. Please apply for a President's Scholarship or Lincoln Alexander Chancellor'sScholarship.
  • Application now closed for 2024
  • Student Application Deadline: January 25, 2024 4:00:00 p.m. (EST)
  • Reference Letters Deadline: February 1, 2024 4:00:00 p.m. (EST)

International Transfer Scholarship

Transfer students are valued members of the U of G community. To support our students, we have established a new $10,000 scholarship for international fee-paying transfer students joining the University of Guelph in the summer 2024 or fall 2024 semesters.

Scholarship Details

International fee-paying transfer students admitted to an undergraduate degree program for summer 2024 or fall 2024 are eligible to receive a one-time $10,000 CAD scholarship. 

The award will be paid in two equal instalments, one in each of the first two semesters of study, and will be deposited directly to your University of Guelph account.


Recipients must register for courses in the semester to which they were admitted, as well as the subsequent semester.

Recipients must pay the international student tuition and fees.

Changing immigration status may impact your eligibility.


Applicants to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine program are not eligible for this award.

Entrance scholarships cannot be deferred. Students who defer their offer of admission are reconsidered the following year based on the availability of scholarships for that cohort.

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