Northern Science (Biological Sciences)

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Gain the skills needed for a science career in the North.

The Diploma of Northern Science (Biological Sciences) 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.

Program description

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 (Biological Sciences) or a four-year Bachelor of Science degree.

The Diploma of Northern Science (Biological Sciences) 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 with the NOST 215 field course. Other courses and are possible, please see an advisor for more information.

Suggested course schedule

Year one - Fall 
CHEM 110, ENGL 100, Science elective such as MATH 100, Science elective such as BIOL 101, Elective (e.g. PHYS 101)

Year one - Winter
CHEM 111, ENGL 101, MATH 101, Science elective such as BIOL 102, Science elective

Year two - Fall
NOST 215, Science Electives (200-level) (e.g. BIOL 201, 202, 203, 220, CHEM 210, 211), Science Elective (200-level) (e.g. GEOG 250), Elective

Year two - Winter
Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective (200-level), Science Elective, Elective

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Admission requirements

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.

Graduation requirements

The Diploma of Northern Science (Biological Sciences) 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 required courses and the equivalent of two years full-time university-level study (60 credits),
  • complete 50% of the course work at Yukon University
  • maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA upon graduation and
  • fulfil the Yukon First Nations core competency requirement
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.

The Northern Science diploma fulfills this  with one three credit course that meets the core competency requirements.  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.

Career opportunities

The Diploma of Northern Science (Biological Sciences) 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.

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.

Dual Credit

Any undergraduate-level Yukon University course that is part of the British Columbia Council on Admission and Transfer (BCCAT) system is eligible for dual credit. Many courses in the School of Science are suitable for high-school students to take as dual credit courses providing any prerequisites are met.

Students have often selected CPSC 128, BIOL 101 & lab, PHYS 101, MATH 100, CHEM 110 & lab, GEOG 101 & lab, and ENGL 100 for dual credit, but many other first-year courses and some second-year courses are options.

For more information about dual credit for Yukon high-school students, see the Dual Credit program page.

New & Featured Courses

**NEW COURSES** Fall 2023

Microbiology (BIOL 203)

Introduction to Biochemistry (BCHM 200)

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CPSC 128 Object Oriented Programming


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.


Title Campus Scheduled
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics 2 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102L - Elementary Physics II Lab

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Science Electives. 9 required, 27 credits; min. 4 @ 200-level

Second year

Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab
COMM 204 - Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Lab
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
GEOL 200 - Mineralogy
GEOL 200L - Mineralogy Lab
GEOL 206 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 206L - Sediment & Stratigraphy-Lab
GEOL 208 - Structural Geology
GEOL 208L - Structural Geology Lab
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 211L - Geochemistry - Lab
GEOL 301 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 301L - Hydrogeology Lab
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing Online/Video
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
RRMT 202 - Statistics for Biological Sciences
RRMT 202L - Statistics for Biological Sciences Lab
RRMT 223 - Wildlife Management
RRMT 223L - Wildlife Management Lab
RRMT 235 - Forest Management
RRMT 235L - Forest Management Lab
RRMT 236 - Land and Protected Area Management
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab
RRMT 241 - Introduction to Land Management
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab