Science

student pouring liquid into a beaker in a lab

Feed your curiosity. Explore earth, life and physical sciences.

With courses ranging from the structure of matter to single variable calculus, gain the prerequisite knowledge and skills to succeed in the field of science and your education.

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 Northern Environmental and Conservation Sciences degree.

The Certificate of Science is awarded for the completion of the equivalent of one year of full-time university-level study (30 credits) in the sciences that meets the requirements below.

Students also have the opportunity to take second year courses that are commonly required for continuing studies in biology and life science-related fields.


Duration

Each student will construct their study plan in consultation with a Program Advisor who will take into account their long-term goals, level of preparation and external commitments. Many permutations are possible to accommodate students’ specific situations.


Flexible Pre-Major in Biology

A career in biology can allow you to specialize in:

  • medicine
  • nutrition
  • molecular or cell biology
  • genetics
  • zoology
  • botany
  • ecology
  • animal behavior
  • physiology

Yukon College offers all courses (with the possible exception of Biochemistry 200, depending on requirements at receiving institution) needed for the first two years of a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Biology.

This is a two-year flexible pre-major to transfer into year three in a British Columbia receiving institution.

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 12 (Principles or Pre-Calculus) or Chemistry 11 or Physics 12.

Graduation Requirements

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

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

Students planning to transfer to a university can either complete the Certificate of Science or they can match their course selections to the entrance requirements of the degree program of their choice.

The Certificate of Science is designed for students who wish to transfer into an Engineering program, or into the second year of a Bachelor of Science program at a Canadian university.

Many of the courses in the Science program are also listed in the BCCAT Transfer Guide.

Career Opportunities

With a career in Science, you may specialize in:

  • veterinary medicine  
  • pharmacology
  • engineering
  • nutrition
  • teaching
  • environment
  • molecular or cell biology
  • genetics
  • zoology
  • botany
  • ecology
  • animal behavior
  • physiology
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 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II
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

Elective

First year

Biology
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
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
Chemistry
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab
Computer Science
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
CPSC 128 - Object Oriented Programming I
CPSC 129 - Object-Oriented Programming II
Environmental Science
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
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
First Nations Studies
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
Geography
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
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
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Lab
GEOG 250T - Intro-Geograph Info System Tut
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
Geology
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
GEOL 101 - Introductory Geology Field School
GEOL 102 - Geomorphology
GEOL 102L - Geomorphology Lab
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 110 - Mineralogy/Petrology
GEOL 110L - Mineralogy/Petrology Lab
GEOL 111 - Structural Geology
GEOL 111L - Structural Geology Lab
Independant Studies
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
Kinesiology
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
Mathematics
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics

Second year

Biology
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
Chemistry
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
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
Environmental Science
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship
Geology
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
GEOL 105L - Physical Geology Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 201 - Ore Deposits Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 201L - Ore Deposits-Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 202 - Mineral Economics, Mining Law and Sustainability Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 202L - Mine Econ, Law Sust Lab
GEOL 203 - Underground and Surface Mining Methods Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 204 - Mining Computing Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 205 - Rock Mechanics
GEOL 206 - Sedimentary Stratigraphy Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 206L - Sedimentary Stratigraphy-Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 207 - Capstone Research Project Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 210 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry
GEOL 211L - Geochemistry - Lab
GEOL 213 - Introduction to Geophysics Lecture Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 213L - Intro to Geophysics-Lab Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
F
GEOL 214 - Fundamentals of Surveying Field Course
GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing
GEOL 215L - Mineral Processing - Lab
Soils
Title Delivery Campus Scheduled
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab