Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies

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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.

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
  • 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.

Graduation Requirements

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 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, 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.

Money Matters


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.

Financial Assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See Money Matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867.668.8720 to make an appointment.


Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
RRMT 137 - Technical Skills and Practices


Northern Studies
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages II
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
ENGL 230 - A Survey of First Nations Literature in English
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
ENVS 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Not Online, Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Unscheduled Online Online/Video
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I
NOST 325 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World II Online Online/Video
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
NOST 328 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 329 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North II Online Online/Video
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership I
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership II
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
RRMT 121 - Northern Field Biology
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment
Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 144 - Heritage and Culture Field School Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Ethnography
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 103 - Psychological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 104 - Sociological Explanations of Crime and Deviance Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 131 - Introduction to the Canadian Criminal Justice System Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 135 - Introduction to Canadian Law and Legal Institutions
CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing I
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature
HIST 120 - European History I
HIST 121 - European History II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought Online Online/Video
POLI 241 - Introduction to International Relations
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology II Not Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RELI 100 - World Religions I
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting I
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies I
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies II Unscheduled Online Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities I
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II