Land (soil) and water are two essential resources required to sustain the human goals of food security and maintenance of environmental goods and services, including all forms of useable energy. Managed, as an integrated system, provides a framework to aid society to achieve food security and environmental services.
The goal of the innovative Master of Science in Land and Water Systems is to offer a professional degree that will serve both practicing resource managers, and recent graduates from cognate undergraduate academic programs, the necessary credentials to address the emerging concerns of land and water resources conservation and management.
Students will hold a recognized baccalaureate degree in science, applied natural science (agriculture/forestry) or engineering. There is a 32 required credit requirement for graduation, including a 6 credit Professional Paper (Soil 548). The degree complements existing (provincial) professional accreditation such as Professional Agrologist, Professional Biologist, Association of Professional Foresters and Professional Engineer and Geoscientists. The academic focus is on application of science to land and water systems, their characterization, management, conservation and restoration/reclamation.