Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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Urban Ecosystems (BHort)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Horticulture
Field of Study:Urban Studies/Affairs
Sustainability Studies
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
National: $5,264
International: $22,754

Cost shown is for two semesters and includes fees.



The Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystems Major is the only undergraduate degree in North America dedicated to the study of urban ecosystems. At KPU, the Urban Ecosystems Major is an interdisciplinary program that combines horticulture, ecology, design, biology, chemistry, mathematics, business, and student-selected electives from the breadth of courses offered throughout KPU. Students synthesize the science and practice of horticulture to resolve community, industry, and research-related problems in urban environments. Innovation and creative critical thinking are important essential skills that students gain through applied research projects.

Our program recognizes the significant role of plants in promoting human health and well-being in the urban environment. The program is built around the concept of "learning from experience". Students will be undertaking projects that cover a range of interdisciplinary topics such as ecosystem inventory, assessment and monitoring, urban agriculture, urban forests and climate change adaptation, watershed, riparian and natural areas policy, planning and management, as well as small scale landscape interventions such as designing biodiverse roof ecosystems and walls, and creating, restoring, and managing wildlife and pollinator habitat.


Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)*70
These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
    Applicants must be graduates of a BC secondary school or an equivalent school system.

    * The entrance grade may change from year to year. Please contact the school for further information.

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

    Modified on September 02, 2022