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Physical and Environmental Sciences receives major accreditation

UTSC's Department of Physical and Environmental Science recently received accreditation from the Environmental Careers Organization of Canada. Photo by Ken Jones

The Department of Physical and Environmental Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough has received accreditation from Canada’s leading environmental sciences professional development organization.

The accreditation from the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) of Canada covers UTSC’s Honours BSc in Environmental Science, Major programs and the joint program in Environmental Science and Technology with Centennial College.

“This really speaks to the quality of our faculty and acknowledges the strength of our program,” says Bill Gough, Chair of the Department of Physical and Environmental Science at UTSC.

“We are especially thrilled to have gone through a successful accreditation process without having to make any changes to the program,” he adds.

ECO Canada is a non-profit organization established in 1992 focused on supporting Canada’s environment industry by developing professional skills, relevant careers and conducting research required to address human resource needs in the field of environmental science.

“It’s a body that has its pulse on the environmental work force, so this – along with our co-op program – shows the high emphasis we place on finding meaningful careers in the field,” says Gough. “It really gives our program a distinct advantage.” 

This marks the first time a UTSC program has received accreditation from an external body. Gough says the process to receive accreditation, which began a year ago and involved a visit to the campus in April, would not have been possible without the effort of Mandy Meriano, an instructor in the Department of Physical and Environmental Science.

“She was really the driving force behind securing the accreditation,” he adds.

The accreditation is awarded for a five-year term after which a reevaluation of the program will take place to maintain status for another five-year period. 

For more information, visit http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~physsci/




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