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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 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 251 Statistics
MATH 101 Calculus I: Differential Calculus
Any Two of the following:  
CHEM 101  
CHEM 102  
MATH 102  
PHYS 101  
PHYS 102  
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. 



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.