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.

Transferability

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

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

Open Electives
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 101 - Biological Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 140 - Intro-Fields of Anthropology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 144 - Heritage/Culture Field School
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ANTH 210 - Globalization & Capitalism Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ANTH 225 - Field Methods-Archaeology/Ethn
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ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods-Arch/Ethno
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BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 101 - Intro to Criminology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 103 - Psyc Explanations-Crime/Devian Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 104 - Socio Explanations-Crime/Devia
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CRIM 131 - Cdn Criminal Justice System Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 135 - Cdn Law & Legal Institutions Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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CRIM 241 - Intro to Corrections
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CRWR 201 - Intro toCreative Writing I
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CRWR 202 - Intro/Creative Writing II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ECON 100 - Intro to Microeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ECON 101 - Intro to Macroeconomics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENGL 205 - Lit Representations-Nat World
Cr
ENGL 206 - Intro to the Short Story
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ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Lit Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
HIST 120 - European History I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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HIST 121 - European History II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
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HIST 136 - Confederation to the Present
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MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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Northern Studies
Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ATHA 101 - Intro to Native Languages I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ATHA 102 - Intro to Native Languages II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
BIOL 220 - Ecology
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BIOL 290 - Beringia:Pleistocene Environ
Cr
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal People/Cdn Crim Jus Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Lit Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENGL 230 - Survey: First Nations Lit
Cr
ENVS 100 - Environmental Science I Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENVS 101 - Environmental Science II Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
Cr
ENVS 223 - Princ/Pract-Heritage Interpret
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FNST 140 - Traditional Knowledge
Cr
GEOG 290 - Climate Chg/Circumpolar World Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
Cr
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations Not Online, Online, Unscheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
Cr
LANG 140 - Language & Culture Preserv Unscheduled Online Online/Video
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NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Scheduled Online, Unscheduled Online Online/Video
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NOST 324 - Contemp Circumpolar Issues I Unscheduled Online Online/Video
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NOST 325 - Contemp Circumpolar Issues II
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NOST 326 - Land/Environment-Circumpolar I
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NOST 327 - Land/Env:Circumpolar World II
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NOST 328 - People/Cultures I
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NOST 329 - People & Cultures II
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PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits
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Title Delivery Campus Outcome
ENGL 100 - Academic Writing/Crit Thinking Not Online, Unscheduled Online, Scheduled Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
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ENGL 101 - Intro-Study of Literature Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 200 - Environmental Perspectives Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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ENVS 201 - Environmental Ethics
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NOST 200 - Research in the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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NOST 201 - Natural History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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NOST 202 - Social History of the North Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits Not Online Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
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