Gain the skills needed for a science career in the North.
The Diploma of Northern Science offers a variety of courses enabling students to concentrate on particular fields of study or build a base for a general science program with a strong northern focus.
Courses in the Northern Science program will be delivered in 2021-2022 primarily with face-to-face delivery at the Ayamdigut campus in Whitehorse. This includes all laboratory sections; the one exception is GEOL 105L (Physical Geology lab) which has both online and face-to-face options. The lecture sections for most science courses are also face-to-face. Three courses (MATH 100, ENVS 225 and GEOL 105) have blended online/face-to-face delivery in which Zoom capture of face-to-face lectures is available to students off-campus. Courses in the Northern Science program that are offered by other Schools within the University (e.g. ENGL 100, offered by the School of Liberal Arts), may have face-to-face, blended, or fully-online delivery; the details for each course will be available on its course page.
Online courses will require that you have access to your own computer and Internet connection.
More information about the online platforms that will be used to support both face-to-face and online instruction can be found at www.yukonu.ca/student-life/technical-resources
Students new to online learning are encouraged to take the brief online introductory workshop Distance Learning Success. Contact the Academic Support Centre for more information:
The School of Science offers university-transfer courses in mathematics and in the earth, life and physical sciences. Students can complete a one-year Certificate of Science, a two-year Diploma of Northern Science or a four-year Bachelor of Science degree.
The Diploma of Northern Science is designed for those who wish either to enter a scientific profession or to work in the North at the technical level.
A wide choice of electives enables students to concentrate on a particular field of study or to construct a general science program with a strong northern focus.
In the first year, students have two options:
- Complete the Yukon University Certificate of Science (or equivalent) OR
- Complete a first-year program comprised of Chemistry, English and selected electives.
Building on this base, in their second year, students take the Northern Studies Core as well as northern-oriented science electives and develop practical expertise by attending the Northern Studies Field Camp.
Suggested course schedule
Year one - Fall
CHEM 110, ENGL 100, Science elective, Science elective, Elective
Year one - Winter
CHEM 111, ENGL 101, MATH 105, Science elective, Science elective
Year two - Fall
NOST 215, NOST Core Course, Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective (200-level), Elective
Year two - Winter
NOST Core Course, Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective, Elective
To be eligible for admission students must satisfy the prerequisites for any two of the required courses in the program, such as English 12 or Math 11 (Principles, Foundations, or Precalculus) or Chemistry 11.
The Diploma of Northern Science is awarded for the completion of the equivalent of two years of full-time university-level study (60 credits) in the sciences.
To graduate, students must pass all the required courses, and:
- complete 50% of the course work at Yukon University
- maintain a 2.00 cumulative GPA (C average) across all courses
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
Science courses and programs are transferable to most universities and colleges in Canada and Alaska, either by program or on a course-by-course basis.
The Diploma of Northern Science prepares students for studies towards a degree at another institution.
The program also presents an ideal continuing education opportunity and is useful for those professionals seeking a northern specialization in their respective fields.
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.