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 and COVID-19 in 2020-2021
Yukon University has -- as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic -- had to make changes to the way its courses are delivered. Courses that involved group activities had to be cancelled (e.g., PHED 222 and PHED 225). Other courses have been moved out of classrooms and into online formats.
Some courses will have set video-conferenced meeting times and others will be entirely online with a study schedule that you work on in pace with the rest of the class. See the course pages for details. The pages are being updated as delivery plans are finalized.
Contact the School of Liberal Arts or a Program Advisor for assistance or for more information about COVID-19-related changes to the Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies programs.
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
- 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.
- Grade 12 graduation with English 12
If students do not meet either admission requirement, they should explore entry options with a Program Advisor.
To graduate, NOES Diploma students must complete 60 credits, including:
- ENGL 100 and ENGL 101 (6 credits)
- Two Environmental Studies (ENVS) core courses (6 credits)
- Two Northern Studies (NOST) core courses (6 credits)
- Two social-science electives (6 credits)
- Two 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
- undertake at least 50% of the work at Yukon University
- maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C average)
NOTE: NOST core courses, ENVS cores courses and 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 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.
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.
There are government programs, scholarships, bursaries, awards and First Nation funding available to financially support you throughout your academic career.