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Associate of Science Degree - Environmental Geoscience Specialization



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.


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. 

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Program Outline 

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 Applied Earth and Environmental Studies Certificate as well as the courses below. 

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Fall Term 2016 

CHEM 101 - Introductory Chemistry I OR
PHYS 101 - Introductory Physics I OR
PHYS 102 - Introductory Physics II OR
MATH 102 - Calculus II: Integral Calculus 
CPSC 111 - Introduction to Computers 
MATH 101^ - Calcuclus I: Differential Calculus 

Winter Term 2017 

CHEM 122 - Principles of Chemistry II 
ENGL 151 - Technical Writing OR ENGL 102 - Introduction to Literature 
MATH 131 - Statistics 

Field Schools (Spring Term) 2017 

ANTH 270 - Traditional Knowledge in Practice OR Any Arts Elective 
BIOL 201 - Invertebrate Zoology 

Please note: Math 115 is a required pre-requisite for this course. 


Career Opportunities 

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."

Admission Requirements 

BC High School Minimum: Grade 12 graduation preferred; individual course prerequisites

Alternate Minimum: Mature students, 19 and over, and students entering from CCP may be admitted without Grade 12


Dates and Locations 

Continuous intake; courses offered at Prince Rupert, and Terrace campuses.