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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.  These studies can allow you to specialize in:

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

Yukon College offers most courses needed for the first two years of a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Biology.


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.


Admission Requirements

English 12 and at least two of the following: Math 12 (Pre-Calculus), Chemistry (11 or 12), Physics (11 or 12), or Biology (11 or 12).

Note that individual course have their own prerequisites that must be met in order to take those courses.

Program Course Requirements

A total of 30 credits meeting the following course requirements must be completed for the Science Certificate:

Core Requirements:

Minimum of 6 credits in MATH courses at the 100 level or higher

Minimum of 15 credits in other School of Science courses at the 100 level or higher

Minimum of 3 credits in communication/writing chosen from ENGL 100, COMM 193, and ENGL 101

First Nations Core Competency:  Yukon First Nations 101 workshop OR a suitable elective


Up to 6 credits of university-transferrable courses as required to total 30 credits

The following examples illustrate some common pathways though many other combinations can be chosen to suit a student's education goals.

Life and Environmental Sciences

Two MATH courses (MATH 100 & 101 recommended), BIOL 101 & 102, CHEM 110 & 111

ENGL 100 or COMM 193

Plus 3 more courses (9 credits) – at least 2 from School of Science, chosen from the list of 100 or 200-level science courses.  Physics is recommended.

Engineering & Physical Sciences

MATH 100 & 101, CHEM 110 & 111, PHYS 101 & 102

ENGL 100 or COMM 193

Plus 3 more courses (9 credits) – at least 2 from School of Science, chosen from the list of 100 or 200-level science courses.  

Geological Sciences

GEOL 105 & 106, CHEM 110 & 111, PHYS 101 & 102, MATH  100 & 101, CPSC 128

ENGL 100 or COMM 193


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
  • meet the First Nations core competency
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.


The Certificate of Science is designed for students who wish to transfer credits into a science-related program at a Canadian university.  Students can either complete the Certificate of Science, or match their course selections to meet the requirements of the program of their choice.

Many of the courses in the Science program are 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


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
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing and Critical Thinking Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 101 - Introduction to the Study of Literature Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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 201 - Cell Biology
BIOL 201L - Cell Biology - Lab
BIOL 202 - Genetics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 202L - Genetics - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 220L - Ecology Lab
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
Title Campus Scheduled
CHEM 110 - The Structure of Matter
CHEM 110L - The Structure of Matter Lab
CHEM 111 - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 111L - Chemical Energetics and Dynamics Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 210L - Organic Chemistry I - Lab
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Computer Science
Title Campus Scheduled
CPSC 128 - Object Oriented Programming I
CPSC 129 - Object-Oriented Programming II
Environmental Science
Title Campus Scheduled
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101L - Environmental Science II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
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)
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
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
GEOL 101 - Introductory Geology Field School
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
GEOL 201 - Ore Deposits
GEOL 201L - Ore Deposits-Lab
GEOL 202 - Mineral Economics, Mining Law and Sustainability
GEOL 202L - Mine Econ, Law Sust Lab
GEOL 203 - Underground and Surface Mining Methods
GEOL 204 - Mining Computing
GEOL 205 - Rock Mechanics
GEOL 206 - Sedimentary Stratigraphy
GEOL 206L - Sedimentary Stratigraphy-Lab
GEOL 210 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 210L - Intro to Hydrogeology Lab
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry
GEOL 211L - Geochemistry - Lab
GEOL 213 - Introduction to Geophysics
GEOL 213L - Intro to Geophysics-Lab
GEOL 214 - Fundamentals of Surveying Field Course
GEOL 215 - Mineral Processing
GEOL 215L - Mineral Processing - Lab
Title Campus Scheduled
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
Title Campus Scheduled
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I
PHYS 101L - Elementary Physics I Lab
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102L - Elementary Physics II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 100 - Introductory Physics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 100L - Introductory Physics Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Independant Studies
Title Campus Scheduled
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Title Campus Scheduled
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab