Northern Science

Instructor & students examining birds

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.

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 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

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 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 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


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 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.

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.


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

Title Campus Scheduled
GEOL 108 - Earth Through Time

Second year

Title Campus Scheduled
BIOL 201 - Cell Biology
BIOL 201L - Cell Biology - Lab
BIOL 202 - Genetics
BIOL 202L - Genetics - Lab
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 220 - Ecology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology
CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 210L - Organic Chemistry I - Lab
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab
COMM 204 - Introduction to Scientific and Technical Communication
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS)
GEOG 250L - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Lab
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World
GEOL 200 - Mineralogy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 200L - Mineralogy Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 206 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 206L - Sediment & Stratigraphy-Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 208 - Structural Geology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 211 - Geochemistry
GEOL 213 - Geophysics
GEOL 301 - Hydrogeology
GEOL 301L - Hydrogeology Lab
NOST 326 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar North I Online/Video
NOST 327 - Lands and Environments of the Circumpolar World II
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)

NOST Core Courses: 2 required, 6 credits