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Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences

School of Science
science@yukoncollege.yk.ca
t. 867.668.8887

Program Description

In collaboration with the University of Alberta, Yukon College (YC) offers years three and four of a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS), with a curriculum that integrates natural and social sciences as related to issues such as wildlife conservation, land use, resource management under modern treaties, energy, and global climate change. The Northern ENCS curriculum offered at YC includes significant northern and First Nations studies content, reflecting the local environmental, economic and social context. The program provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand environmental conditions and evaluate impacts on plants, soils, water and animals. The structure and function of ecosystems are explored as students learn to develop, assess and implement conservation and restoration measures for natural and managed ecosystems.

Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students

Click here to download FAQ document: Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Students.pdf 

Admission Requirements

• Students complete up to two years (60 credits) of transferable coursework in a science-based diploma program at Yukon College (such as Renewable Resources Management or Northern Science) or at another institution before applying to transfer into the University of Alberta B.Sc. ENCS program for years three and four

• Students planning to apply to transfer to the ENCS Program from a diploma program at Yukon College should complete a minimum of 24 credits (8 courses) from the core and/or elective courses listed in the attached Recommended Courses document:  Recommended Courses for 1st and 2nd Year Students Interested in the BSc/ENCS.pdf    Students applying from other post-secondary institutions should contact the ENCS Program Advisors about transfer credit options.

• Applicants apply directly to the University of Alberta after consulting with a Northern ENCS program advisor in the School of Science at Yukon College

• U of A application deadlines and fees apply. Once admitted, students must meet with a Northern ENCS program advisor at YC to select courses. Contact Yukon College School of Science at 867.456.8588 to make an appointment

• Application deadlines: May 1st for September admission; November 15th for January admission

• To apply for admission, students complete the application form [Admission Form_Northern System] and arrange to have official copies of their post-secondary and high school transcripts mailed to Yukon College.  The form and transcripts should be sent c/o Dr. Kathryn Aitken, School of Science, Yukon College, P.O. Box 2799, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4.

Other Requirements

• While enrolled in the B.Sc. Northern ENCS program, students will maintain dual registration at U of A and YC

• Tuition, mandatory course instructional support fees, and non-instructional student fees will be assessed in accordance with the policies of the University of Alberta. Student fees will be assessed in accordance with the policies of Yukon College

Employment

Graduates of the Northern ENCS program are prepared for a variety of career options in both the public and private sectors. Examples of employment opportunities include wildlife biologist, First Nations resource manager, park warden, traditional land use advisor, environmental policy analyst, and environmental educator. Students may also continue on to graduate studies.

Ancillary Fees

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For information on University of Alberta program fees related to courses, please see the Office of the Registrar’s Costs, Tuition, and Fees page (www.registrarsoffice.ualberta.ca/Costs-Tuition-Fees.aspx). Some Yukon College non-instructional fees apply for students enrolled in the Northern ENCS program at the College.

Program Delivery

The Northern ENCS program consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum that integrates natural and social sciences as related to issues such as global climate change, non-renewable energy resources, land use, resource management under modern treaties, changes in water quantity and quality, and wildlife conservation.

Coursework is completed at YC, taught by U of A and YC faculty. Students may also choose to spend some of their third and fourth years taking courses at the U of A campus in Edmonton. Students from Edmonton may also complete part of their program in Whitehorse.

Graduation Requirements

To receive a B.Sc. Northern ENCS degree students must:

• Complete all course requirements of the B.Sc. Northern ENCS program, including a minimum of 60 approved credits of U of A coursework offered at YC or at the U of A campus in Edmonton

• Achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C average) in their last 60 credits of U of A coursework

• Meet all other relevant academic standing and graduation requirements of the U of A

Sponsorship & Tuition

Students are eligible for U of A awards while formally registered as U of A students. Students may also be eligible for Yukon Government student grants and training allowance while registered in partnered programming. Please contact Student Services at Yukon College and the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards at the U of A for more information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT

Dr. Kathryn Aitken, Coordinator, Northern ENCS Program,
at 867.668.8866,
kaitken@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow, Director, Northern ENCS Program,
at 867.668.8711,
fiona.schmiegelow@ualberta.ca