Learn and explore northern environmental issues.
Examine and experience a variety of environmental issues of northern concern, including resource depletion, wilderness fragmentation, biodiversity loss, pollution and climate change.
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
- 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.
- 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.
To graduate, students must:
- complete all core courses, including two Environmental Studies (ENVS) core courses (6 credits) and two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
- complete six Northern Studies (NOST) electives (18 credits)
- complete two lab-science electives (6 credits)
- complete two social-science electives (6 credits)
- complete six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above
- complete four 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 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, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency.
For transfer information on a specific Yukon College course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.
Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Money Matters for more information.
Some programs and courses have additional fees - see Ancillary Fees.
Yukon College Student Financial Awards
Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon College is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several Student Financial Awards to help offset your educational and living costs.
There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.