Applied Climate Change and Adaptation [BSc (Hons)]

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    The UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation provides students with a strong foundation in climate sciences complemented by courses in climate related policy and cultural impacts of climate change. The program offers strong comprehensive theory-based courses and a high level of experiential and applied learning. Courses are designed to develop well-rounded students who have a high level of climate change science knowledge supported by highly relevant skills needed to utilize climate change related technology. Faculty members teaching within the Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program are focused on providing quality instruction and student growth within a cohort-based learning community. Graduates of the program will emerge ready to pursue various climate change related careers, professional studies, or graduate education.

    This program of study examines “climate change adaptation” which refers to the adjustments that societies or ecosystems make to limit the negative effects of climate change or to take advantage of opportunities provided by a changing climate. Adaptation can range from a farmer planting more drought-resistant crops to a coastal community evaluating how best to protect its infrastructure from rising sea level. Climate change is already impacting societies and ecosystems around the world, and many impacts are expected to increase as global temperatures continue to rise. While reducing greenhouse gas emissions is required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, a certain amount of global warming is inevitable, due to the long-lasting nature of greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, and to heat already stored in the oceans. Adapting to the changes that are already underway, and preparing for future climate change, can help reduce the risks societies will face from climate change.

    Sequence of Courses

    Semester 1

    ACC 1010 Introduction to PEI’s Living Climate Lab
    CHEM 1110 General Chemistry I
    ENV 1010 Introduction to Environmental Studies
    MATH 1910 Single Variable Calculus I
    One of the following electives:

    • ECON 1010 Introductory Microeconomics
    • HIST 1010 Canadian History—Pre-Confederation
    • PHIL 1050 Technology, Values and Society
    • PHYS 1210 Physics for Life Sciences I
    • PSY 1010 Introduction to Psychology: Part I

    Semester 2

    ACC 1020 Introduction to Community Climate Program Technologies
    ACC 2030 Indigenous Knowledge in Climate Change and Adaptation
    BIO 1010 Current Issues in Environmental Biology
    CS 1910 Computer Science I
    One of the following UPEI courses:

    • UPEI 1010 Writing Studies
    • UPEI 1020 Engaging Ideas and Cultural Contexts
    • UPEI 1030 Engaging University Contexts and Experiences

    Semester 3

    CHEM 2020 Environmental Chemistry
    STAT 1910 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
    PHIL 2030 Environmental Philosophy
    PHYS 2630 Atmospheric and Ocean Physics
    One of the following electives:

    • ENG 2060 Critical Approaches to Texts I
    • ENV 2120 Earth’s Physical Environment
    • SAN 2660 Science, Culture and Society

    Semester 4

    ACC 1030 Surveying Cultural Landscapes in the Environmental Humanities
    ACC 2020 Impacts of Climate Policy on Environmental Management
    BIO 3270 Field Coastal Ecology
    ENV 3110 Understanding Climate Change
    One of the following electives:

    • ENV 3210 Natural Hazards
    • ENV 3420 Environment and Development
    • ENV 3510 Sustainable Community Planning
    • MATH 1920 Single Variable Calculus II

    Summer Session

    ACC 2160 Work Integrated Learning I

    Semester 5

    ACC 3010 Global Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation
    ACC 3020 Climate Future and Modelling
    ACC 3030 Climate Change Surveillance
    ACC 3050 Renewable Energy and Clean Technologies|
    ACC 3100 Climate Change Impacts on Biodiversity

    Semester 6

    ACC 3040 Climate Change Statistics in R
    ACC 3060 Visualization of Climate Change
    ACC 3090 Geographic Information Systems for Climate Change
    ACC 3120 Climate Change Management and Adaptation in Canada
    ACC 3140 Business Risk Assessment Under Climate Change

    Summer Session

    ACC 3160 Work Integrated Learning II

    Semester 7

    ACC 3080 Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions
    ACC 4010 Oceans, Coastal Systems and Climate Change
    ACC 4020 Uncertainty and Probability in Climate Change
    ACC 4040 Computer Programming to Visualize Climate Change
    ACC 4090 Climate Change and Sustainable Tourism

    Semester 8

    ACC 4060 Measuring Your Carbon Footprint through Carbon Accounting and Carbon Trading
    ACC 4070 Climate Extremes
    ACC 4080 Climate Change Impact and Adaptation
    ACC 4110 Climate Change and Human Health
    ACC 4120 International Climate Diplomacy

    What’s Required for Applied Climate Change and Adaptation Admission?

    The Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation is a 127 semester hour degree program.

    High school graduate

    Students can apply directly from high school to the UPEI Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program. Admission will be capped at 40 students, with two of the 40 seats dedicated for Aboriginal students. Students of the program will progress as a cohort. All eligible first year candidates are considered for admission based on their average in Grade 12: academic English, academic Math, and two academic Sciences from the following list (academic Chemistry, academic Biology, academic Physics); one other Grade 12 academic subject; minimum overall average of 70% with no individual grade below 65%.

    Applicants whose average in English, Math and two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics, is 89% and above when final results for first semester grades are obtained will receive an “Early Offer” of admittance. All other applicants will be ranked.

    In an effort to support a diverse cohort and build a program with global perspectives and global knowledge transfer opportunities, UPEI encourages applications from domestic and international students.

    University applicant

    Consideration will be given to students transferring into the program based on eligibility and enrolment numbers. University transfer students are subject to existing requirements for undergraduate admissions for the Faculty of Science.

    University applicants attending or having attended a university must meet the same requirements as listed above, but can also complete the admission requirements by taking degree level courses.

    Please refer to the UPEI Academic Calendar for complete admissions information.

    Faculty of Science Programs Tuition

    UPEI’s undergraduate tuition is the second-lowest in the Atlantic region, and we offer more than $5 million in scholarships and awards.


    $6,270 per year, based on 30 credit hours ($627 per 3 credit course).
    International students pay $7,320 per year in addition to full-time student tuition.

    For a complete breakdown of part-time or full-time study as a student in the Faculty of Science, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

    Scholarships and Awards

    UPEI supports you and your educational goals. We administer millions of dollars in scholarships and awards to our undergraduate and graduate students every year. Depending on your faculty or program, and year of study, you may be eligible for available awards.

    Search the complete list of scholarships for information and application forms.

    Celebrating Student Achievement

    Including Guaranteed Entrance Scholarships and Academic Excellence Awards, these awards recognize the academic achievements of all students who meet the eligibility criteria while studying towards their first undergraduate degree.

    Visit the Scholarships site for complete information.

    Entrance Scholarships

    Ten (10) entrance scholarships of $2,000 are available for students of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Climate Change and Adaptation program.

    Complete our inquiry form below to find out more.

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