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Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences

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Program Description

In collaboration with the University of Alberta (U of A), 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 major in Northern Systems.  The Northern ENCS curriculum offered at YC 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, and includes significant northern and aboriginal 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.

Program Delivery

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

Frequently Asked Questions Document 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 Northern Science-ENCS Stream, or Renewable Resources Management) 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 at ualberta@yukoncollege.yk.ca about transfer credit options.

Students must also meet the entrance requirements of the Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences at the University of Alberta, including a minimum Admission GPA of 2.3, and Biology 12, Chemistry 12, and either Principles of Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12, or equivalents.

How to Apply

Application deadlines: March 1st Extended to May 1st for September admission; November 15th for January admission

To apply for admission:

  1. Contact a Northern ENCS Program Advisor to discuss your program options.
  2. Download and complete the application form available as a .pdf  here.  In Section 2, Academic Programs, Faculty should be entered as "Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences", Program as "Environmental and Conservation Sciences", and Major as "Northern Systems".  Send the application form to Dr. Kathryn Aitken, Northern ENCS Program, School of Science, Yukon College, P.O. Box 2799, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4
  3. Have official copies of post-secondary and high school transcripts mailed to Dr. Kathryn Aitken, Northern ENCS Program, School of Science, Yukon College, P.O. Box 2799, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon, Y1A 5K4.  NOTE: if you are, or have been, a Yukon College student, and have official transcripts on file with the college, we may be able to use those for the application process.  Talk to a Northern ENCS Program Advisor to find out if this is an option for you.

U of Alberta application fees apply.

Once admitted, students must meet with a Northern ENCS program advisor at YC to select courses. Contact the Northern ENCS Program Advisors at ualberta@yukoncollege.yk.ca to make an appointment.

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.

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.


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.


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

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Students pay tuition and non-instructional fees to U of Alberta, and only non-instructional fees to Yukon College.  For information on University of Alberta tuition and fees, please see the U of Alberta Office of the Registrar’s Costs, Tuition, and Fees page (www.registrarsoffice.ualberta.ca/Costs-Tuition-Fees.aspx).

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 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, email ualberta@yukoncollege.yk.ca

Dr. Kathryn Aitken, Coordinator, Northern ENCS Program,

Dr. Fiona Schmiegelow, Director, Northern ENCS Program,