Restoration of Natural Systems Diploma

Turn your ideals into action with environmental courses leading to a sustainability diploma.

There is a need for trained professionals who understand ecosystems, have the tools to help restore a natural area, and realize the importance of involving people in all stages of the restoration process. As well, there is a need for concerned citizens to understand the complexities involved in ecological restoration. Drawing on the latest theories and innovations in the field, the RNS program offers a holistic approach to address these needs. It provides a balance theory and practice across all aspects of ecological restoration.

Real world problems, real world projects

The RNS program's core environmental courses give you a solid background in the principles and concepts relating to ecological restoration. In addition to an interesting range of elective courses, you will have an opportunity to consolidate and apply your knowledge through a special project in a specialized area. Some of the subjects you will study include:

  • biodiversity and conservation biology
  • ethical, legal and policy aspects of environmental restoration
  • field techniques in ecological restoration
  • designing restoration projects that consider broad knowledge areas outside your current area of expertise
  • use of rigorous scientific approaches to restoration projects
  • critical analysis and synthesis of relevant primary information sources such as technical reports and scientific publications

Program format, admission and completion requirements

The RNS diploma program is designed to be flexible for people who have real-life demands. The program can be completed in as little as one year, you may take up to six years to complete the program requirements.

You will study for university credit (admission to the University of Victoria is required). Courses may be transferred towards degree completion.

A two-term Co-op placement option is also available.

Courses are offered in either an on-campus immersion format or through distance education online. Through careful program planning, it is possible for you to complete the diploma program entirely by distance education (except for two field courses).

The RNS program is offered at the 3rd and 4th year undergraduate level. You should have a minimum of two years of post-secondary studies or an equivalent preparation developed through work and life experience.

A first year ecology or biology course is recommended. You should also have a demonstrated interest in the environmental field, indicated by courses taken, positions held, volunteer work or hobbies.

Completion of 12 courses is required.


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