Northern Science

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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.

COVID-Related Program Delivery Information

Science courses will be delivered this fall through a mix of methods.  Most lab courses will have in-person lab sessions with lectures being delivered online with some mix of scheduled Zoom sessions and other online activities in Moodle, YukonU’s online learning platform.  Courses without labs will be taught entirely online. 

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 for fall instruction can be found at

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:

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 8720 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 Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 101 - Principles of Biology I Online/Video
BIOL 101L - Principles of Biology I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102 - Principles of Biology II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 102L - Principles of Biology II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
COMM 193 - Introduction to Scientific & Technical Communication
ENVS 100 - Introduction to Environmental Science I Online/Video
ENVS 100L - Environmental Science I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 101 - Introduction to Environmental Science II
ENVS 101L - Environmental Science II Lab
GEOG 101 - Introduction to Physical Geography I Online/Video
GEOG 101L - Introduction to Physicial Geography I Lab Online/Video
GEOG 102 - Introduction to Physical Geography II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 105 - Physical Geology Online/Video
GEOL 106 - Historical Geology Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 106L - Historical Geology Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOL 107 - Geological Field Methods and Mapping 1 Off-Campus
KINE 100 - Introduction to Human Physiology
MATH 100 - Single Variable Calculus I Online/Video
MATH 101 - Single Variable Calculus II Online/Video
MATH 120 - Mathematics for the Life Sciences Online/Video
PHYS 100 - Introductory Physics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 101 - Elementary Physics I Online/Video
PHYS 101L - Elementary Physics I Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102 - Elementary Physics II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
PHYS 102L - Elementary Physics II Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 201 - Cell Biology Online/Video
BIOL 201L - Cell Biology - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 202 - Genetics Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 202L - Genetics - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 210 - Introduction to Northern Botany Online/Video
BIOL 210L - Introduction to Northern Botany Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 220 - Ecology Online/Video
BIOL 225 - Ornithology - Introduction to the Biology of Birds Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
BIOL 230 - Conservation Biology Online/Video
BIOL 290 - Beringia: Its Pleistocene Environment and Paleoecology Online/Video
CHEM 210 - Organic Chemistry I Online/Video
CHEM 210L - Organic Chemistry I - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 211 - Organic Chemistry II Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
CHEM 211L - Organic Chemistry II - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
ENVS 225 - Environmental Change and Fish and Wildlife Health Online/Video
ENVS 226 - Environmental Change and Community Health Online/Video
ENVS 227 - Yukon Source Water Protection and Watershed Stewardship Online/Video
GEOG 250 - Introduction to Mapping and Geographical Information System (GIS) Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
GEOG 290 - Climate Change and the Circumpolar World Online/Video
GEOL 200 - Mineralogy
GEOL 200L - Mineralogy Lab
GEOL 206 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
GEOL 206L - Sediment & Stratigraphy-Lab
GEOL 208 - Structural Geology
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 Online/Video
NSCI 201 - Research Skills and Proposal Writing
NSCI 202 - Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting
RRMT 238 - Environmental Protection and Impact Assessment Online/Video
RRMT 239 - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Online/Video
RRMT 239L - Freshwater Ecosystems and Hydrology Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
SOIL 210 - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources Online/Video
SOIL 210L - Introduction to Soil Science and Resources - Lab Whitehorse (Ayamdigut)
NOST Core Courses: 2 required, 6 credits
Title Campus Scheduled
NOST 200 - Research in the North
NOST 201 - The Natural History of the North Online/Video
NOST 202 - Social History of the North