|Description:||The environment is a complex of biological, geological, physical, chemical, social and cultural factors that interact to influence the life of an individual or community. Our environment is threatened by global issues, such as overpopulation, global climate change and habitat fragmentation. These are issues caused by humans, and in turn they are threatening the very well being of humans. The problems we face today are not solvable by science alone, but by an equal discovery and knowledge of culture, sociology, economics, politics and ethics. The Masters of Science in Environmental Science provides an integrative, multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the environment.
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is ideally located to study environmental issues because of its proximity to a wide variety of diverse regional ecosystems. Kamloops is a small city of approximately eighty thousand people centred in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Thompson/Okanagan region and neighbouring Cariboo Plateau provides rare native grassland ecosystems, freshwater wetlands and a rich diversity of forested ecosystems, all within easy access of TRU. The location of the University also provides collaborative potential with a number of neighbouring institutions and agencies, such as B.C. Ministry of Forests and Range, Agriculture Canada Research Station, B.C. Ministry of Environment, B.C. Grassland Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited Canada.