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Urban Ecosystems

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

48 months
20136 CAD/year
4426 CAD/year
Tuition fee
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The Bachelor of Horticulture Science Urban Ecosystems Major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University is the only undergraduate degree in North America dedicated to the study of urban ecosystems. 


At Kwantlen Polytechnic University, 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.

Key facts:

The Bachelor of Horticulture Science program has the following strengths:

  • Customized education through the selection of electives that support learner educational goals
  • Emphasis on the economic, environmental, and social components of sustainability
  • Strong connections with horticulture industry and community groups
  • Development of essential skills such as teamwork, creative thinking, problem solving, and communication
  • Capstone research courses which include business planning and the application of new skills to a community based issue
  • Required work experience in horticulture

Programme Structure

Courses included:
  • University Writing 
  • Botany tor Horticulture 
  • Soils and Growing Media 
  • Sustainable Horticulture 
  • Plant Identification 
  • Foundations of Plant Health 
  • Computer Applications
  • Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets
  • Introductory Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Horticulture Work Experience

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Students pursuing a Major in Urban Ecosystems must be admitted to the Faculty of Science & Horticulture.
  • All applicants to undergraduate studies must satisfy KPU's Undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement through an acceptable High school course, undergraduate course, KPU course, or testing option.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20136 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10068 CAD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    4426 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 2213 CAD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for Surrey

1156 - 1898 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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