Northern Science (Environmental and Conservation Sciences stream)

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Contribute to a sustainable and resilient North.

Merge natural and social sciences to gain a foundation for exploring conservation and sustainability challenges in northern regions.

Program Description

The Northern Science diploma, ENCS stream, prepares students for transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences (ENCS) program, offered at Yukon College in partnership with the University of Alberta.  The diploma program provides two years of university transferable courses that fulfill the requirements to enter the third year of the ENCS program with a Major in Northern Systems.

The Diploma of Northern Science, ENCS stream, is awarded for the completion of the equivalent of 60 credits.  Courses are selected from Core and Elective options, as well as two additional three-credit "free electives".  These free electives can be chosen from a variety of disciplines (discuss with a Program Advisor).

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, students must have completed a minimum of two of the following high school subjects, or equivalencies:

  • English 12
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Precalculus 12 or Principles of Mathematics 12
Graduation Requirements

Students must complete the required courses, as well as two, 3 credit "free electives".

In addition to passing all the required courses, the student must:

  • 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.


After completing the Diploma of Northern Science, ENCS stream, students may apply to transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences program (Northern Systems Major) offered by the University of Alberta at Yukon College. 

Note: students must meet the entrance requirements of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Agricultural, Life, and Environmental Sciences, including a minimum Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of 2.3.

Career Opportunities

The Diploma of Northern Science, ENCS Stream, prepares students for studies in the Bachelor of Science in Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree offered at Yukon College in partnership with the University of Alberta, or for transfer to B.Sc., professional, or technical programs at other institutions.

The program also presents an ideal continuing education opportunity and is useful for professionals seeking a northern specialization in their respective fields. Students who complete the Diploma of Northern Science, ENCS stream may pursue a variety of careers with federal, territorial, provincial or First Nation governments, as well as with non-profit organizations, consulting firms, and industry. 

Examples of potential employment include:

  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Lands and Resources Officer
  • Park and Protected Area Planner
  • Natural History or Heritage Interpreter
  • Environmental Assessment Officer
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 Campus Scheduled
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I
BIOL 101L - Principles of Biology I Lab
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102L - Principles of Biology II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 220L - Ecology Lab
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250T - Intro-Geograph Info System Tut
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North
RRMT 125 - Renewable Resources Measurements Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab
Mathematics: one required
Title Campus Scheduled
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 120 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Program Elective: one required
Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111L - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENST 223 - Principles and Practices of Heritage Interpretation
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I
GEOG 101L - Introduction to Physicial Geography I Lab
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 102L - Physical Geography II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 102L - Geomorphology Lab
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology
GEOL 105L - Physical Geology Lab
GEOL 106 - Historical Geology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 106L - Historical Geology Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology
GEOL 110L - Mineralogy/Petrology Lab
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology
GEOL 111L - Structural Geology Lab
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 200 - Research in the North
NOST 202 - Social History of the North Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I
PHYS 101L - Elementary Physics I Lab