FAQs

Future Students

  • Why are you making this change?
    • York is already an international leader in critical and innovative urban, environmental, and geographical knowledge and skills. By uniting the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) under the new faculty Environmental and Urban Change (EUC), we will be able to accelerate sustainability and justice initiatives.
  • I will be starting my degree at York University in Fall 2020. How does this affect me?
    • Congratulations and welcome to York U! If you are an incoming student to either Environmental Studies (BES), Geography (BA) or Geography & Urban Studies (BA), there are no changes to your offer of admission or the program you have chosen.
    • When you start in September, you will be a student in newest Faculty at York University. This means the program you have chosen has an exciting new 'home' in the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.
    • You will receive the same great personalized supports and services during your degree as was offered when these programs were housed in different Faculties.
    • If you have more questions about your new program, contact us at EUCinfo@yorku.ca and we will connect you with our New Student Advising team.
  • When can I apply to the new Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change?
    • The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will offer three new programs: Environmental Arts and Justice (BES), Sustainable Environmental Management (BES) and Global Geography (BA). We are also preparing for two new programs: 1) in partnership with Lassonde School of Engineering and the Faculty of Science for a new Environmental Science (BSc) program; and 2) with the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies for a new Urban Studies (BA) program.
    • Applications to all our new programs will be available in Fall 2020, for a Fall 2021 start.
    • Join our mailing list to be notified of application dates and deadlines by emailing EUCinfo@yorku.ca
  • I am really interested in the new programs you will be offering in Fall 2021 but I am starting in Fall 2020, will I have an opportunity to transfer into one of the new programs?
    • Yes. Our new programs will start September in 2021. Interested students will have the opportunity to request a program change to one of the new degree programs. All program changes are subject to approval. 
  • Will you be hosting information sessions and events for Future Students?
    • Yes, we will be showcasing our new BA, BES and BSc programs at various events in Fall 2020 for prospective undergraduate students. 
    • Online information sessions for our MA, MES, MSc and PhD programs will begin in September 2020.
    • Join our mailing list to learn more about our special events for Future Students by emailing EUCinfo@yorku.ca
  • Have more questions? Let us know by completing this form.

Current Students

  • Why are we making this change?

    • York is already an international leader in critical and innovative urban, environmental, and geographical knowledge and skills. By uniting the Department of Geography and the Faculty of Environmental Studies (ES) under the new faculty Environmental and Urban Change (EUC), we will be able to accelerate sustainability and justice initiatives.
  • What does this mean for me and my degree progress?
    • All students currently enrolled in either the Faculty of Environmental Studies’ BES, MES or PhD programs and those enrolled in the Department of Geography’s BA (Geography or Geography & Urban Studies), MA, MSc or PhD will maintain their current degree program requirements.
    • All program requirements remain unchanged for students that have entered any of these programs in September 2020 or earlier.
  • Will my program requirements change?
    • No. All current program requirements will be maintained. You will complete your current program by following the degree requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for the year in which you were admitted.
    • When you are enrolling into courses for Fall/Winter 2020 academic year, you will be enrolling in courses in EUC (the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change). Courses taught through EUC will have the acronym “EU” (instead of “ES” or “AP”). The course subject and content for GEOG and ENVS has not changed.
  • Where do I go for advising support?
    • Our academic advising teams in Environmental Studies and Geography will still be providing the same advising support and student services for all current students.
    • Students in Geography (BA or BSC) will continue to contact Anne Ralph, Undergraduate Program Assistant at anner@yorku.ca; or Steven Tufts, Undergraduate Program Director at GeoUPD@yorku.ca in the department of Geography .
    • Students in Environmental Studies (BES) will continue to contact Ann Tsirgielis, Student Success Coordinator at anntsir@yorku.ca
    • Graduate (MA, MES or MSC) Students and Doctoral Candidates in Environmental Studies or Geography will continue to work with their program advisor or supervisor. Should a graduate or doctoral candidate require enrolment or registration assistance, please contact Josephine Zeeman, Director of Student and Academic Services at josecamp@yorku.ca
  • Can I do a program change into one of the new programs offered by the new Faculty?
    • Yes, undergraduate students will have the opportunity to request a program change to one of our degree programs. All program changes are subject to approval.
    • To submit a program change request, visit the Program Change web page
    • Graduate students will not be able to transfer into a new graduate program. There are no program transfers at the graduate level.
  • I am enrolled in another Faculty but completing a double major or minor with the Faculty of Environmental Studies or the Department of Geography, will this affect my degree progress?
    • No. You will still have the opportunity to complete your double major or minor requirements with either the BES or BA in Geography, Geography & Urban Studies or Environmental Science and will not be delayed by the development launch of our new Faculty.
  • I was planning to minor in something offered through Environmental Studies or Geography. Can I still do that?
    • Yes. Students in Geography can continue to explore the option for a double major or major/minor option within EUC. Similarly, Environmental Studies students can explore the option of a double major with Geography. If there are specific academic offerings you are looking for, you may explore all courses that will be offered in EUC or any other academic program at York.
    • To submit a program change request, visit the Program Change web page
  • Will this affect my graduation date?
    • No. The establishment of the new Faculty will not delay any current students' graduation timelines. All program requirements will continue to be offered in Geography and Geography & Urban Studies (BA) or Environmental Studies (BES). 
  • I have applied to graduate in June or am planning on applyin to graduate in October 2020. Which Faculty am I graduating with?
    • Students graduating in June or October 2020 will graduate with your current Faculty and will not be impacted by the establishment of the new Faculty.
  • What will happen to the Semester Abroad Program in at the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica?
    • The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will continue to offer students the opportunity to attend our Semester Abroad program at the Las Nubes EcoCampus in Costa Rica during winter reading week and summer session.
  • Have more questions? Let us know by completing this form.

Alumni & Friends

  • What happens with my alumni affiliation to York University?
    • All alumni of the Faculty of Environmental Studies or the Department of Geography will remain York University Alumni, under the new Faculty.
  • Will I still be contacted by the new Faculty's Alumni Office for special events and services?
    • Yes, the Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change will continue to foster connections to our alumni community and will continue to send Faculty updates and invitations to special events to all alumni of the Faculty of Environmental Studies or the Department of Geography, under the new Faculty.
  • How can I stay connected?
    • You can update your contact details with our Alumni Relations Office here.

Faculty & Staff

  • Information will continue to be shared with all current faculty & staff as it comes available.
  • Have a question? Contact us here.