Environmental Science


Welcome to the Environmental Science program

The environmental sciences focus on understanding the Earth’s natural systems and how we, as humans, interact with them.

Environmental scientists study the impact of human interactions on the biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere and atmosphere using an interdisciplinary and integrative approach. They provide us with the information we need to address some of the most pressing issues facing humanity today — such as climate change and the loss of biodiversity.

Program Highlights

Dr. Laura Chasmer

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Laura Chasmer, Geography & Environment

Living with the changing flammability of forests

Thursday, September 29, 2022 - 7-9 p.m.

Like many places worldwide, Canada is experiencing increasing impacts from wildfires. Our summers are becoming smokier, fire seasons are getting longer, and fires are becoming more severe and complex, putting communities at risk. When fires impact communities, important questions are asked: Why are wildfires changing? How are they changing? What can we do to protect communities from fire?

In this presentation, you’ll receive a quick introduction to fire behaviour. We’ll then explore how significant changes in forests make fires less predictable and how forests recover from fire. Finally, we’ll look at some innovations under development at the U of L to help fire managers better understand and control fires.

Humaira is examining the environmental issues facing humanity today

Environmental science student, Humaira Enayetullah chose the U of L for its small class sizes. Coming to Canada from Bangladesh, she knew that she would adapt better to a smaller city. She has enjoyed the interdisciplinary nature of her program and understands the impact that she can have on the world as an environmental scientist. Humaira began her master's at the U of L in January 2020! Congrats Humaira.

Matthew Bogard

U of L researchers receive Canada Research Chair funding

Three University of Lethbridge researchers have received $2.4 million in new and renewed funding through the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.

Dr. Matthew Bogard, an assistant professor in the Department of Biology, has been named a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Environments. Drs. Andrew Iwaniuk, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Comparative Neuroanatomy, and Louise Barrett, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour, have received renewed funding.

Interdisciplinary Teaching Brings Three Classes Together to Explore Issues from Different Perspectives

Environmental anthropologist and associate professor Dr. Jodie Asselin believes interdisciplinarity might be our only hope. This idea led to the inaugural Tri-Disciplinary Consortium, where 122 students across three disciplines worked together to …

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Global Citizenship Cohort - Emma Marnik

First-year student Emma Marnik chose the University of Lethbridge because of the reputation of the environmental science program. Moving to Lethbridge, all the way from Whitehorse in the Yukon was a big and …

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The Global Citizenship Cohort and Co-op Opportunities Inspired Antoine Gendron to Create Environmental Change

After his final project in the GCC, Antoine was invited to sit as a board member on the Oldman Watershed Council from June 2017 until June 2019. He founded the Earth Day Symposium, …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

Career Bridge


Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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