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Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies

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Program Description

Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary exploration of contemporary environmental issues and human-environment relationships, with particular emphasis on northern systems. Drawing upon the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts, and integrating experiential learning opportunities to bridge classroom, community and Yukon wilderness, the program critically examines a variety of environmental issues of northern concern, including resource depletion, wilderness fragmentation, loss of biodiversity, pollution and global climate change. The complex nature of environmental subject matter is addressed through ecological, socio-cultural, political, economic and philosophical inquiry. The program is sufficiently broad to be of interest to students seeking vocational opportunities after completing their studies at Yukon College or preparing for transfer to a university degree program. It also presents a continuing education opportunity for individuals currently employed in fields such as education, environmental policy or management, recreation and tourism.

Admission Requirements

  • grade 12 graduation with English 12; OR
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the LPI test

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a program advisor.

Other Requirements

  • complete all core courses, including 2 Environmental Studies (ENVS) core courses (6 credits) and 2 Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
  • complete 6 Northern Studies (NOST) electives (18 credits)
  • complete 2 lab-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete 2 social-science electives (6 credits)
  • complete 6 courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
  • complete 4 open electives (12 credits)
  • complete at least 50% of the work at Yukon College
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE: NOST core courses, ENVS cores courses and NOST electives may be used as open electives provided all other requirements have been met. Course selection should be done in consultation with a program advisor.

NOTE: To concentrate lab sciences, students can take an additional two lab-science electives instead of the required two social-science electives.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. For details, please see www.yukoncollege.yk.ca/yfnccr.


For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click on the program’s Course List tab, select the course in question by clicking its link, and then click the Check the BC Transfer Options link on the course’s information page; for additional information, consult a program advisor.


Minimum two years

Program can be completed on a full- or part-time basis


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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