Do you have an interest in the natural sciences and a love of the outdoors?
The Environmental Geoscience Specialization encompasses a broad range of disciplines that allow students to develop an understanding of Earth’s related natural systems and processes. Graduates will be well versed in atmospheric, hydrological, ecological, and geological studies and may go on to complete degrees in geography, geology or biology or may find work in a variety of fields, such as mining and mineral exploration, fisheries, wildlife and freshwater management, climate modelling and green energy production. Fieldwork and field-based methods are an integral part of this Associate Degree. For more information please contact the Program Coordinator, Gordon Weary.
Earns you an ASSOCIATE of SCIENCE DEGREE — ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE SPECIALIZATION.
This credential also provides you with the first two years required for a B.Sc (Integrated) degree at the Terrace Campus of the University of Northern BC. This program is designed specifically to provide NWCC Environmental Geoscience students with a full Bachelor of Science degree in two more years with an emphasis on aquatic sciences and environmental remediation.
Gord Weary, NWCC Instructor of Geography & Geosciences, discusses how he gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Gord Weary says that getting out in the field makes his students at NWCC well-prepared for the economic boom coming to Northwest BC.
This specialization program allows students to focus on Environmental Geosciences while still receiving the benefits of an Associate Degree. This program has been designed to facilitate maximum transferability to a full degree program or to conclude after two years at NWCC. Most of the courses listed below can also be applied towards the Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
In order to obtain an Associate of Science - Environmental Geosciences Degree students must first complete the courses below.
|Course Number||Course Name|
|BIOL 101||Introductory Biology I - Cells, Diversity and Physiology|
|BIOL 102||Introductory Biology II - Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology|
|CPSC 111 OR||An Introduction to Computers|
|ENGL 101||University Writing|
|ENGL 102 OR||Introduction to Literature|
|ENGL 151||Technical Writing|
|GEOG 110||People and The Environment|
|GEOG 150||Physical Geography I: Biogeography, Meteorology, and Climate|
|GEOG 160 OR||Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils|
|GEOL 157||Introduction to Northwest Geology|
|GEOG 203 OR||Geomorphology|
|OCGY 208||Intro to Physical, Chemical, and Geological Oceanography|
|GEOG 207 OR||Hydrology Soils|
|OCGY 209||Introduction to Biological Oceanography|
|BIOL 201 OR||Invertebrate Biology|
|BIOL 202 OR||Vertebrate Biology|
|BIOL 208 OR||Plant Biology|
|BIOL 211 OR||Principles of Ecology|
|GEOG 202||Geography of Ecosystems|
|GEOG 201 OR||Environmental Climatology|
|GEOG 210||Environments and Society|
|GEOG 202 OR||Geography of Ecosystems|
|GEOG 204||Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)|
|*MATH 101||Calculus I: Differential Calculus|
|MATH 131||Introduction to Statistics|
|TWO OF THE FOLLOWING:|
|CHEM 101||Introductory Chemistry I|
|CHEM 111||Fundamental Chemistry I|
|CHEM 121||Principles of Chemistry I|
|CHEM 102||Introductory Chemistry II|
|CHEM 122||Advanced Chemistry|
|MATH 102||Calculus II: Integral Calculus|
|PHYS 101||Introductory Physics I|
|PHYS 121||Physics I|
|PHYS 102||Introductory Physics II|
|PHYS 122||Advanced Physics|
|TWO ARTS ELECTIVES:||Any 3 credit Arts Courses (Field Schools Recommended)|
*Please note: Math 115 (or equivalent) is a required pre-requisite for Math 101.
The Environmental Geosciences encompasses a broad range of disciplines that allow students to develop an understanding of Earth’s elated natural systems and processes. Students graduating in the Environmental Geosciences will be well versed in atmospheric, hydrological, ecological and geological studies.
Students who obtain this associate degree may go on to complete a specific degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, or Biology, or may find employment in a variety of fields including:
- Mineral and Resource Exploration
- Parks and Recreation Planning
- Fish, Wildlife and Freshwater Management
- Climate Modeling
- Geotechnical Surveying
- Community Planning
- Conventional and Alternative Energy Projects
- Any other profession that requires an individual with a knowledge of Earth and Earth’s processes.
- Apply direct to the University Credit Program.
- Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent.
- Once admitted, register in the courses required for this specialization.
Course prerequisites may include:
- Biology 11
- Chemistry 11
- Pre-Calculus 11
- Physics 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.
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.
Full time course costs can be seen by viewing the University Credit Program Fee Table. Students in this program encouraged to take a minimum of two field schools and should budget an additional $1000 of field school costs to complete the program. Field school fees range depending on the location and activities.