New SFU-BCIT master’s program is like medical school for the environment

ER master's

Graduate students interested in ecological restoration are enrolling in a unique master’s program, restoring degraded and damaged ecosystems—a joint Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Ecological Restoration (ER).

The two-year full-time program, which begins this fall, is jointly offered by Simon Fraser University and the British Columbia Institute of Technology. It draws collective energy from each institution’s unique strengths—technical and applied (experiential) knowledge at BCIT and contextual basic science training and community engagement expertise at SFU.

Ecological restoration is a complex scientific discipline that has only recently emerged. It addresses the increasing need to restore ecosystems damaged by human influences such as urban sprawl, industrial expansion, contamination and the introduction of invasive species.

Doug Ransome, director of the joint M.Sc. in ER at BCIT, says: “Restoration scientists and practitioners are ecosystem physicians, and this joint graduate program is the new medical school for the environment.”

Ingrid Stevanovic, dean of SFU’s Faculty of Environment, says this new and distinctive program promises to lead to new ER solutions that are both meaningful and of high scientific integrity.

Half of the classes will be taught at BCIT and half at SFU’s Burnaby campus. Many courses will include field visits to active restoration projects throughout the Lower Mainland. Local experts and case studies will also help teach students how to approach ecological restoration in diverse sociocultural and biophysical settings.

Deadline to enrol is August 21, and there is still some room for further registrants.

This article is courtesy of SFU News

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One Response to New SFU-BCIT master’s program is like medical school for the environment

  1. Ali Palizban says:

    An excellent initiative. In my opinion this program has several benefits for BCIT, SFU and the general public. It promotes BCIT and SFU image in applied research, supports faculty currency and hopefully can help in resolving challenging environmental issues.

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