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Applied Earth & Environmental Studies


Applied Earth & Environmental Studies is a one year program that emphasizes the practical application of earth and environmental studies.

Specialized options in:

  • Geostudies 
  • Geosciences 

Hands-on curriculum includes community-based projects and field-based studies, building valuable skills and knowledge that meet employment and career needs. Students gain the academic and applied skills relevant for entry-level employment in natural resource, mining and mineral exploration, tourism, outdoor adventure and environmental industries. For more information please contact the program coordinator, Gordon Weary.


Learn more about NWCC's Environmental & Cultural programs.

Program Outline 

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1) Courses common to both options - Geostudies and Geosciences

Certificate Core Courses Course Names

BIOL 201-3 or

BIOL 203-3 or

GEOG 207-3  or

OCGY 209-3

Invertebrate Zoology

or Non-Vascular Plants & Fungi 

or Hydrology & Soils

or Introduction to Biological Oceanography

ENGL 101-3 or

ENGL 151-3

Introduction to Composition 

or Technical Writing

GEOG 110-3 or 

GEOG 150-3

People & the Environment or

Physical Geography I: Biogeography, Meteorology & Climate

GEOG 160-3 or

GEOL 157-3

Physical Geography II: Geology or

Geomorphology & Soils or Introduction to Northwest Geology

GEOG 203-3 or

OCGY 208-3

Geomorphology or

Introduction to Physical, Chemical & Geological Oceanography

GEOG 204-3 Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

MEFA 101-0 or



Mining Exploration Field Assistant or

Applied Field Studies in Earth & Environmental Sciences (under development) or

Any course that is field-based with an applied component that is approved by the program coordinator.

2) Geostudies Course Options

 Geostudies Courses Course Names

ANTH 112-3 or

ANTH 212-3 or

FNST 1XX-3 or

GEOG 227-3


First Nations of BC or 

Cultural Resource Management or 

Any First Nations Studies course or 


or Any course with equivalent First Nation content as approved by the program coordinator

EMAP 101-0 or

RAP 101-0


Environmental Monitoring Assistant Program or 

Reclamation & Prospecting or  

Any other field-based course as approved by the program coordinator

3) Geoscience Course Options

Geoscience Courses Course Names
BIOL 101-3 Introductory Biology I: Cells, Diversity & Physiology
BIOL 102-3 Introductory Biology II: Genetics, Evolution & Ecology

BIOL 211-3 or

BIOL 191-3 or

GEOG 202-3

Principles of Ecology or

Introduction to Ecology or

Geography of Ecosystems

GEOG 201-3 or

GEOG 210-3 or

GEOG 112-3


Environmental Climatology or

Environments & Society or

Environments & Planning or

Any other Environmental Science course as approved by the program coordinator

Career Opportunities 

Students will gain both hands-on and theoretical skills to gain entry level employment, including:

  • Various levels of Government
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Mining and Mineral Exploration Industry
  • Environmental Consulting Industry
Admission Requirements 
  • Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
  • Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
  • Once admitted, register in the courses required for this certificate.

Course prerequisites include:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11

The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

English proficiency is required for all students entering NWCC programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Dates and Locations 

Intakes:  September and January.  

Campus locations:  Prince Rupert and Terrace.

Field School courses available in the spring and summer.  

Study on a full or part-time basis.  Some courses are available online and by teleconference.

Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.

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