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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 courses below. 

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Course Requirements Year 1. (Note students may take courses from Year 2 in Year 1 providing they have the pre-requisites).



BIOL 101

Introductory Biology I: Cells, Diversity and Physiology

BIOL 102

Introductory Biology II: Genetics, Evolution and Ecology

Any Two English Courses:

ENGL 101 and

ENGL 151 (Recommended)


Introduction to Composition

Technical Writing

GEOG 110 or

CPSC 111

People and the Environment

Introduction to Computers

GEOG 150

Physical Geography I: Biogeography, Meteorology and Climate

GEOG 160 or

GEOL 157

Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils
Introduction to Northwest Geology

GEOG 204

Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

GEOG 207 or

OCGY 209

Hydrology and Soils

Introduction to Biological Oceanography

GEOG 210

Environments and Society

Other Arts

Any course that has relevant First Nation content, is environmental or field based, and is approved by the Program Coordinator (Field School Recommended)

Course Requirements Year 2.

BIOL 201 OR Invertebrate Zoology 
BIOL 208 OR Any Second Year Biology  Biology of Plants 
CPSC 111 OR  Introduction to Computers 
GEOG 110  People and the Environment 
(ENGL 101; ENGL 151; ENGL 102, or ENGL 152 
GEOG 112 OR Environments and Planning 
GEOG 110 OR People and the Environment 
GEOG 210 OR Environments and Society 
PHIL 210  Environmental Ethics 
*MATH 101  Calculus I: Differential Calculus 
MATH 131  Introduction to Statistics 
CHEM 101  Introductory Chemistry I 
CHEM 102  Introductory Chemistry II 
CHEM 121  Principles of Chemistry I 
CHEM 122  Principles of Chemistry II 
MATH 102  Calculus II: Integral Calculus 
PHYS 101  Introduction to Physics I 
PHYS 102  Introductory Physics II 
PHYS 121  Advanced Physics I 
PHYS 122  Advanced Physics II 
(Field School Recommended)

*Please note: Math 115 (or equivalent) is a required pre-requisite for Math 101. 


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 

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. 

Dates and Locations 

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