Society today is faced with critical environmental issues that need to be addressed at the research, policy and governance level. Individuals also play a large role in creating solutions through developing an understanding of the complexity of these issues and through reassessing and adjusting personal lifestyles. Our Sustainability, Environment programs and courses provide information about these critical issues, update you on current practices and create open dialogue regarding solutions.
Offered jointly by the UVic School of Environmental Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies, our sustainability, environment courses blend sciences and social sciences, theory and practice to provide you with the tools to participate in restoration projects in your own backyard and across the globe.
The Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) Program is an award-winning curriculum that has been providing education in the practical and theoretical knowledge of ecological restoration since 1996. It offers a Diploma and a Certificate in ecological restoration, both at the 3rd and 4th year university level.
The Diploma is a credit offering that consists of 12 courses and requires admittance to the University as well as to the RNS program. The Certificate is 8 courses for noncredit and does not require admittance to the University, only acceptance to the program. Students in the Diploma option may apply their course credits towards a degree in Environmental Studies.
Our Professional Specialization Certificate on Native Species and Natural Processes is a four-course credential with an innovative systems approach to ecological restoration, especially relevant to urban areas. This non-credit certificate has been designed for professionals working in the field of landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, ecological restoration and environmental practice.
The NSNP program focuses on:
The program is offered entirely online. We offer two courses a year, for a two-year completion. For more information about the NSNP program, visit the NSNP program page or download the program brochure.