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Applied Earth & Environmental Studies | Certificate


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Courses common to both options - Geostudies and Geosciences

3 credits from the following Biology, Geography or Oceanography courses:3
Invertebrate Zoology
Non-Vascular Plants & Fungi
Hydrology and Soils
Introduction to Biological Oceanography
3 credits from the following English courses:
ENGL 101Introduction to Composition3
or ENGL 151 Technical Writing I
3 credits from the following Geography courses:
GEOG 110People and the Environment3
or GEOG 150 Physical Geog I: Biogeography, Meteorology and Climatology
3 credits from the following Geography or Geology courses:
GEOG 160Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils3
or GEOL 157 Intro to Northwest Geology
3 credits from the following Geography or Oceanography courses:
GEOG 203Geomorphology3
or OCGY 208 Intro Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography
GEOG 204Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
3 credits of the following:3
Any course that is field-based with an applied component that is approved by the program coordinator
MEFA 101
Applied Field Studies in Earth & Environmental Sciences *under development

Geostudies course options (27 Credits)

3 credits of the following Anthropology, First nation Studies or Geography Courses:3
First Nations of B.C.
Cultural Resource Management
Any First Nations Studies course
Ethnogeography of Northwest BC
3 credits of the following:3
EMAP 101 Environmental Monitoring Assistant Program
RAP 101 Reclamation & Prospecting
Field Based Elective
Any other field-based course as approved by the program coordinator

Geoscience course options (33 Credits)

BIOL 101Introductory Biology I - Cells, Diversity & Physiology3
BIOL 102Introductory Biology II - Genetics, Evolution & Ecology3
3 credits of the following Biology or Geography Courses:
BIOL 211Principles of Ecology3
or BIOL 191 Introduction to Ecology
or GEOG 202 Geography of Ecosystems
3 credits of the following Biology or Geography Courses:
GEOG 201Environmental Climatology 13
or GEOG 210 Environments and Society
or GEOG 112 Environments and Planning
  • Apply direct to the University Credit Program
  • Submit proof of English 12 or equivalent
  • Once admitted, register in the courses required for this certificate

Course prerequisites include:

  • Life Sciences  11
  • Chemistry 11

The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enrol in Career & College Preparation (CCP) upgrading courses while completing the program.

English proficiency is required for all students entering CMTN programs.  Please visit our English Language Alternatives page to see how this requirement can be met. 

Need help with the application process?  Contact an Educational Advisor.

Fees Domestic International
Full-time 30 Credits 30 Credits
Tuition $3,146.70 $13,373.40
Mandatory fees $240.00 $290.88

Lab fees (17.50 per credit)1

$52.50 $52.50
Student Union fees2 $109.28 $109.28
Health and Dental Insurance4,5 $285.00 $602.04
Total Tuition:


Books & supplies2 $2,000.00 $2,000.00
Field School fees3 $900.00 $900.00
Total: $6,733.48 $17,328.10

Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2024 for the 2024/25 Academic Year.

1Lab fees are mandatory. All associate degrees require a minimum of 3 credits in laboratory science, and students may take up to 42 lab credits.

2Costs are approximate and may vary depending on courses taken. Student union fees are term based.

3Field schools have additional costs between $100 - $1500 per field school, depending on the location and the activities. Field schools are not a mandatory component of all associate degrees, however, students are strongly encouraged to attend a field school during the spring/summer semester. Associate Degrees specializing in Environmental Geoscience are encouraged to attend a minimum of two field schools. Field schools are subject to different deposit requirements and refund rules.

4The Coast Mountain Students Union (CMSU) is pleased to announce that Extended Health and Dental Insurance has been approved by student referendum held in March 2021. Additional information will be provided by CMSU July 2021, including details of the coverage and directions for the opt out process for students with equivalent coverage. For any inquiries about the plan or referendum, please contact Golnoosh Namazi,

5Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.

Career opportunities

Students will gain both hands-on and theoretical skills to gain entry level employment, including:
  • Various levels of Government
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Mining and Mineral Exploration Industry
  • Environmental Consulting Industry