The Associate of Science Degree — Environmental Geoscience Specialization is for students with an interest in the natural sciences and a love of the outdoors. The Environmental Geosciences encompass 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 wind and solar energy production. Fieldwork and field-based methods are an integral part of this Associate Degree. For more information please contact the coordinator Gordon Weary.
Earns you an ASSOCIATE of SCIENCE DEGREE — ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE SPECIALIZATION.
This programs 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.
Program Outline 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 for students to obtain an Associate of Science - Envrionmental Geostudies 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|
|BIOL 201 OR||Invertebrate Biology|
|BIOL 208 OR||Plant Biology|
|BIOL 2XX OR||Any Second Year Biology|
|OCGY 2XX||Any Second Year Oceanography|
|BIOL 211 OR||Principles of Ecology|
|GEOG 202||Geography of Ecosystems|
|CPSC 111 OR||An Introduction to Computers|
|CHEM 230 OR||Organic Chemistry|
|MATH 235 OR||Linear Algebra|
|GEOG 110||People and the Environment|
|Two English Courses||English 101 and 151 or 102 or 152|
|GEOG 112 OR||Envionments and Planning|
|GEOG 110 OR||People and the Environment|
|GEOG 210 OR||Environments and Society|
|PHIL 210||Environmental Ethics|
|GEOG 150||Physical Geography I: Biogeography and Climatology|
|GEOG 160 OR||Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils|
|GEOL 157||Introduction to Northwest Geology|
|BIOL 235 OR||Ichthyology|
|GEOG 201 OR||Environmental Climatology|
|GEOG 210 OR||Environments and Society|
|Any 2XX Science||Any Second Year Science Course|
|GEOG 203 OR||Geomorphology|
|OCGY 208||Introduction to Physical, Chemical, and Geological Oceanography|
|GEOG 204||Spatial Analysis and Geopgraphic|
|GEOG 207 OR||Hydrology and Soils|
|OCGY 209||Introduction to Biological Oceanography|
|MATH 131 OR||Introduction to Statistics|
|MATH 101||Calculus I: Differential Calculus|
|Any Two of the following:|
|Two Arts Electives:||Any 3 credit Arts Course: (Course with a Field School 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, Forestry, Climate Modeling, Geotechnical Surveying, Community Planning, Conventional and Alternative Energy Projects and any other profession that requires an individual with a knowledge of Earth and Earth’s processes."
There is no separate admission for this program. Once students are admitted to the University Credit Program they can then choose to pursue the courses required for this specialization.
Note: Students will need the following prerequisites (or equivalent) in order to register for all of the courses required for this specialization. NWCC Offers upgrading through our Career and College Prep (CCP) program. Students may simultaneously enroll in CCP and UC courses to obtain the specific upgrades.
- English 12
- Biology 11
- Chemistry 11
- Pre-Calculus 11
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.
Continuous intake; courses offered at Prince Rupert, and Terrace campuses.