Major Research Projects

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University

Get involved and start making a difference with real-word experience.

As part of the on-campus program, you are required to complete a major research project that is developed in collaboration with local institutions and organizations to research and solve regional environmental challenges. By engaging in practical undertakings, you’ll develop a comprehensive understanding of what may be expected of you upon graduation.

You will work with sponsor organizations on applied research projects and be responsible for research design, budgeting, ethical approval, conducting and reporting on the research. The skills, tools and knowledge that you will cultivate through the process will be invaluable. These projects offer the perfect opportunity to graduate with relevant work experience and highlight your abilities to organizations within the environmental field; they also provide the chance to network with peers and potential future employers.

Following are some examples of past major projects completed by the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science students. 

Healing City Soils in Greater Victoria

Working with the Compost Education Centre on Healing City Soils, students from Royal Roads assessed local soil for toxic contamination to evaluate whether communities and urban gardeners could safely use it to grow their own food. More than 400 soil sites have been tested for heavy metals over the past couple of years. Soil test results from the first two phases of the project are now uploaded onto the Victoria Soil Quality interactive online map, providing community members with a picture of soil health throughout the city. Read more.

Re-establishing Indigenous shellfish at the Coburg Peninsula

A team of students worked with the City of Colwood to re-establish a clam garden in the region. After multiple visits to the Coburg Peninsula, students analyzed the area’s sediments for metal contamination at the university’s Sherman Jen Building science labs. The objective of the project was to obtain an understanding of the health of the sediments at the Peninsula and re-establish a healthy clam garden in collaboration with the local First Nations community. Read more.

Bear-Safe Waste Management for the District of Sooke

In conjunction with Wild Wise Sooke, a local non-profit organization, students of the BScES program researched the feasibility, costs, and effectiveness of bear-resistant waste management in the local residential areas. The aim of this major research project was to reduce the impact garbage had on the behavior and habits of the local black bear population. By improving the bear-safe measures taken by area residents, students reduced black bear euthanasia in the region and created a more harmonious relationship with the local wildlife. Read more.

For information about the program or how to apply, connect with an Advisor by email, or call 250.391.2528 or 1.877.778.6227 (toll-free).