Northern Science

Instructor & students examining birds

Gain the skills needed for a science career in the North.

The Diploma of Northern Science offers a variety of courses enabling students to concentrate on particular fields of study or build a base for a general science program with a strong northern focus.

Program Description

The School of Science offers university-transfer courses in mathematics and in the earth, life and physical sciences. Students can complete a one-year Certificate of Science, a two-year Diploma of Northern Science or a four-year Bachelor of Science degree.

The Diploma of Northern Science is designed for those who wish either to enter a scientific profession or to work in the North at the technical level.

A wide choice of electives enables students to concentrate on a particular field of study or to construct a general science program with a strong northern focus.

In the first year, students have two options:

  • Complete the Yukon College Certificate of Science (or equivalent) OR
  • Complete a first-year program comprised of Chemistry, English and selected electives.

Building on this base, in their second year, students take the Northern Studies Core as well as northern-oriented science electives and develop practical expertise by attending the Northern Studies Field Camp.


Suggested Course Schedule

Year one - Fall 
CHEM 110, ENGL 100, Science elective, Science elective, Elective

Year one - Winter
CHEM 111, ENGL 101, MATH 105, Science elective, Science elective


Year two - Fall
NOST 215, NOST Core Course, Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective (200-level), Elective

Year two - Winter
NOST Core Course, Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective, Elective

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission students must satisfy the prerequisites for any two of the required courses in the program, such as English 12 or Math 11 (Principles, Foundations, or Precalculus) or Chemistry 11.

Graduation Requirements

The Diploma of Northern Science is awarded for the completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time university-level study (60 credits) in the sciences.

To graduate, students must pass all the required courses, and:

  • complete 50% of the course work at Yukon College
  • maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA (C average) across all courses
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.

Transferability

Science courses and programs are transferable to most universities and colleges in Canada and Alaska, either by program or on a course-by-course basis.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Northern Science prepares students for studies towards a degree at another institution.

The program also presents an ideal continuing education opportunity and is useful for those professionals seeking a northern specialization in their respective fields.

Money Matters

Fees

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.

Courses

Core

First year

Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics
CHEM 111L - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Lab
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Unscheduled Online, Not Online Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
S
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics

Second year

Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
NOST 215 - Northern Studies Field Methods

Elective

First year

Science Electives. 9 required, 27 credits; min. 4 @ 200-level
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 101L - Principles of Biology I Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II
BIOL 102L - Principles of Biology II Lab
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 101L - Environmental Science II Lab
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOG 101L - Introduction to Physicial Geography I Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II
GEOG 102L - Physical Geography II Lab
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 102L - Geomorphology Lab
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 105L - Physical Geology Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology
GEOL 110L - Mineralogy/Petrology Lab
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology
GEOL 111L - Structural Geology Lab
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II
MATH 120 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
PHYS 101L - Elementary Physics I Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II
PHYS 102L - Elementary Physics II Lab

Second year

NOST Core Courses: 2 required, 6 credits
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
NOST 200 - Research in the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
NOST 201 - Natural History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
NOST 202 - Social History of the North
Science Electives. 9 required, 27 credits; min. 4 @ 200-level
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
BIOL 201 - Cell Biology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 201L - Cell Biology - Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 202 - Genetics
BIOL 202L - Genetics - Lab
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab
BIOL 220 - Ecology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 220L - Ecology Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
CHEM 210L - Organic Chemistry I - Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Lab
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
GEOL 201 - Ore Deposits Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 202 - Mineral Economics, Mining Law and Sustainability Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 203 - Underground and Surface Mining Methods Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 205 - Rock Mechanics
GEOL 206 - Sedimentary Stratigraphy Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 210 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry
GEOL 213 - Introduction to Geophysics Lecture Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 214 - Fundamentals of Surveying Field Course
GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab