Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies

Five Finger Rapids

Learn and explore northern environmental issues.

Experience the northern environment and examine a variety of environmental issues, including land use and interpretation, resource depletion and stewardship, wilderness fragmentation and protection, biodiversity, and threats like pollution and climate change.

Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies 

Yukon University made changes to the way its courses are delivered as a result of COVID-19 and some have continued due to popular demand. Scheduled courses will be offered face-to-face and online this academic year. Some courses may have weekly scheduled video-conferenced sessions, while others may run entirely face to face. See the course pages and course outlines for details.

Winter 2023 at YukonU:  We are pleased to welcome our students, faculty, staff and public back to our 13 campuses. Some of our classes have resumed in-person. YukonU COVID-related health and safety measures have been developed in consultation with the Yukon Chief Medical Office of Health.

Program description

Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary exploration of contemporary environmental issues and human-environment relationships, with particular emphasis on northern systems.

Drawing upon the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts, and integrating experiential learning opportunities to bridge classroom, community and Yukon wilderness, the program critically examines a variety of environmental issues, including:

  • land use and interpretation
  • resource depletion and stewardship
  • wilderness protection and fragmentation
  • biodiversity
  • pollution and contaminants
  • climate change

The complex nature of environmental subject matter is addressed through ecological, socio-cultural, political, economic and philosophical inquiry.

The program is sufficiently broad to be of interest to students seeking vocational opportunities after completing their studies at Yukon University or preparing for transfer to a university degree program.

It also presents an exciting continuing education opportunity for individuals currently employed in or interested in fields such as education, environmental policy or management, recreation and tourism.

Admission requirements
  • Grade 12 graduation with English 12

If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.

Graduation requirements

To graduate, NOES Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including:

  • ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits) 
  • Two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
  • Two Northern Environmental Studies (ENST/PHED) core courses (6 credits) 
  • Two science electives (6 credits)*
  • Two social-science electives or additional science electives (6 credits)
  • Six Northern Studies (NOST) electives (18 credits)
  • Four open electives (12 credits)

Diploma students must ensure they

  • complete at least six courses (18 credits) at the 200 level or above in their program
  • undertake at least 50% of the work at Yukon University
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)

NOTE: NOST and ENST/PHED core courses and other NOST electives may be used as open electives provided all other requirements have been met. Course selection should be done in consultation with a Program Advisor.

*NOTE ABOUT SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS: As of May 2019, elective science courses no longer require labs. Please check with a Program Advisor to discuss options. NOES Diploma students may take additional science courses (lab or lab-free courses) to meet elective requirements.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon University recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations.

For details, visit Yukon First Nations Core Competency


For transfer information on a specific Yukon University course, click the 'Check the BC Transfer Options' link on the course’s information page. For additional information, consult a Program Advisor.

Money matters


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See money matters for more information.

Some programs and courses have additional fees -  see Ancillary Fees.

Student financial awards

Education is an investment in your future, your family and your community. Yukon University is pleased to support that investment by offering some of the most competitive tuition rates in the country, as well as several student financial awards to help offset your educational and living costs.

Financial assistance

There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.

See money matters for more information, or talk to our financial advising staff in the Student Services Centre. Email or call 867 668 5209 to make an appointment.

Program Guides

A program planning guide lays out the courses and requirements needed to graduate from a particular program. It guides you through course selection options for each term, provides a sample program pathway and acts as a tool to track your progress.


Northern Studies

Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 140 - Introduction to the Fields of Anthropology
ANTH 144 - Heritage and Culture Field School
ANTH 221 - Subarctic Archaeology
ANTH 225 - Field Methods in Subarctic Ethnography and Archaeology
ATHA 101 - Introduction to Native Languages I
ATHA 102 - Introduction to Native Languages 2
BIOL 220 - Ecology
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CRIM 219 - Aboriginal Peoples and Canadian Criminal Justice
ENGL 220 - The North in Canadian Literature Online/Video
ENGL 230 - Indigenous Narratives
ENST 200 - Environmental Perspectives
ENST 201 - Environmental Ethics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science 1
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science 2
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
FNGA 100 - Introduction to Indigenous Governance
FNGA 101 - Governance & Land Claims
FNGA 200 - Organizational and Community Wellness Online/Video
FNGA 207 - Public Policy in Northern and Indigenous Context Online/Video
FNGA 208 - Human Resource Management
FNGA 209 - Intergovernmental Relations
FNGA 240 - Indigenous People and Research Online/Video
FNGA 301 - Theory and Practice of Negotiation
FNGA 302 - Power and Influence
FNST 140 - Preservation of Traditional Knowledge
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
HIST 140 - History of Yukon First Nations and Self-Government Online/Video
LANG 140 - Language and Culture Preservation
NOST 100 - Introduction to the Study of the North
NOST 101 - The Circumpolar World Online/Video
NOST 324 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World I
NOST 325 - Contemporary Issues in the Circumpolar World II Online/Video
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II Online/Video
NOST 328 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North I
NOST 329 - Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar North II Online/Video
PHED 222 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership 1
PHED 225 - Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership 2 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHIL 230 - Bridging Knowledges
POLI 222 - Northern Resources and Environmental Law
POLI 230 - Indigenous Political Thought
POLI 330 - Indigenous Politics in Canada Online/Video
RRMT 121 - Northern Field Biology
RRMT 236 - Land and Protected Area Management Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 241 - Introduction to Land Management Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
WGST 202 - Women in Indigenous Societies

Open Electives

Title Campus Scheduled
ANTH 101 - Biological and Forensic Anthropology
ANTH 102 - Survey of World Prehistory
ANTH 103 - Anthropological Archaeology
ANTH 210 - Globalization and the Culture of Capitalism
ANTH 226 - Analytical Methods in Archaeology and Ethnography
ANTH 300 - Anthropology of Gender Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ANTH 312 - The Anthropology of the State - Past, Present, Future
ASTR 100 - Introduction to Astronomy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
COMM 100 - Business Communications Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
COMM 204 - Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CRIM 101 - Introduction to Criminology
CRWR 201 - Introduction to Creative Writing 1
CRWR 202 - Introduction to Creative Writing 2 Online/Video
ECON 100 - Introduction to Microeconomics
ECON 101 - Introduction to Macroeconomics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENGL 205 - Literary Representations of the Natural World
ENGL 206 - Introduction to the Short Story
HIST 120 - European History 1
HIST 121 - European History 2
HIST 135 - Canadian History to 1867
HIST 136 - Canadian History - Confederation to the Present
MATH 105 - Introductory Statistics
PHIL 120 - Introduction to Ethics
POLI 101 - The Government of Canada Online/Video
POLI 201 - Introduction to Political Thought
POLI 241 - Introduction to International Relations
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology 1
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 2 Online/Video
PSYC 202 - Cognitive Psychology Online/Video
PSYC 203 - Social Psychology
PSYC 204 - Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 205 - Child Development
PSYC 206 - Human Growth and Lifespan Development Online/Video
RELI 100 - World Religions I
RELI 101 - World Religions II
SOCI 100 - Introduction to Sociology
SOCI 103 - Canadian Society
SOCI 104 - Social Problems Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 203 - Sociology of the Family
SOCI 209 - Society, Technology and Values Online/Video, Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOCI 227 - Research Methods in the Social Sciences
SW 200 - Introduction to Social Work Online/Video
THEA 200 - Introduction to Acting 1 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut), Online/Video
WGST 100 - Introduction to Women's Studies 1
WGST 101 - Introduction to Women's Studies 2 Online/Video
WGST 200 - Women and Social Change
WGST 230 - Women and History - Rethinking Canada
WGST 240 - The Study of Men and Masculinities 1
WGST 241 - The Study of Men and Masculinities II