University Studies | Associate of Science Environmental Geoscience
Associate of Science
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The Environmental Geoscience program provides a balance of theoretical and applied course work designed to challenge students to think critically, analyze problems, and seek resolutions; strengthen communication skills; and deliver a range of other employable skills. Environmental Geoscience students will enhance their theoretical learning with applied skills in scientific communication, environmental analysis, and biogeography. In addition, students have the opportunity to take a wide variety of field school courses within the program that provide a range of experiences and training in a field environment.
The Environmental Geoscience program aligns with CMTN’s institutional priorities, including the college’s Strategic Plan and the three core values of CMTN: Adventurous, Transformative and Integrity.
We explore and take calculated risks to engage in learning. We are innovative in finding new ways to move courses into the field. We explore adventurous career paths with our students. We seek to discover new ways to apply pedagogy to our teaching processes. We are actively engaged in finding unique ways to partner in our field-based research. We take advantage of our geography and climate in order to provide field-based education to all learners.
We enrich lives through learning. We include experiential learning in our program renewal. In addition, we transform our learning spaces to respond to an ever-changing educational landscape. We help others improve their lives, families and communities through education. We also help others in the communities we serve, to seek new career opportunities to improve their lives. We recognize how many of our alumni have transformed their lives through education. We take education to our communities when we engage in field-based pedagogy research. We embed our curriculum in a cultural context relating to the rich First Nations cultural diversity of our region.
We are respectful, transparent and accountable to our learners. Our faculty live by example and we conduct ourselves in an ethical manner. We communicate with clarity so everyone can understand our intent. We promote the concept of sustainability where social, environmental, and economic values must all be considered.
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Dates and locations
International students interested in taking University Credits Science options are encouraged to apply to the fall intake.
|September and January||Prince Rupert Campus and Terrace Campus|
Field School courses available in the spring and summer.
Study on a full or part-time basis. Some courses are available online and by teleconference.
Note: not all courses are offered at every campus. Speak with an Educational Advisor for assistance with course selection.
|Faculty Member||Campus Location|
|Gordon Weary||Terrace Campus|
|Matthew Beedle||Terrace Campus|
The Environmental Geoscience Specialization encompasses a broad range of disciplines that allow students to develop an understanding of Earth’s related natural systems and processes. Graduates will be well versed in atmospheric, biological, geographical, hydrological, ecological, and geological studies and may go on to complete degrees in subject areas related to environmental sciences, earth sciences, geography, or biology. Alternatively, students may choose to directly enter the workforce in a variety of fields, such as environmental consulting, mining, mineral exploration, fisheries, wildlife and land management, climate modelling or green energy production. Fieldwork and field-based methods are an integral part of this Associate Degree. For more information please contact the Program Coordinator, Gordon Weary.
This credential also provides you with the first two years required for a B.Sc (Integrated) degree at the Terrace Campus of the University of Northern BC. This program is designed specifically to provide CMTN Environmental Geoscience students with a full Bachelor of Science degree in two more years with an emphasis on aquatic sciences and environmental remediation.
This program has also been designed to facilitate maximum transferability to other institutions within BC and North America. Most of the courses listed below can also be applied towards the Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) designation with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC.
In order to obtain an Associate of Science - Environmental Geosciences Degree students must first complete the courses below.
|BIOL 101||Introductory Biology I - Cells, Diversity & Physiology||3|
|BIOL 102||Introductory Biology II - Genetics, Evolution & Ecology||3|
|CPSC 111||Introduction to Computer Science||3|
|ENGL 101||Introduction to Composition||3|
|ENGL 102||Introduction to Literature||3|
|Technical Writing I|
|GEOG 110||People and the Environment||3|
|GEOG 150||Physical Geog I: Biogeography, Meteorology and Climatology||3|
|GEOG 160||Physical Geography II: Geology, Geomorphology and Soils||3|
|Intro to Northwest Geology|
|Intro Physical, Chemical and Geological Oceanography|
|Introduction to Biological Oceanography Oceanogrphy|
|BIOL 201||Invertebrate Zoology||3|
|The Biology of Plants|
|BIOL 211||Principles of Ecology||3|
|Geography of Ecosystems|
|GEOG 201||Environmental Climatology||3|
|Environments and Society|
|GEOG 202||Geography of Ecosystems||3|
|Spatial Analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)|
|MATH 101||Calculus I: Differential Calculus 1||3|
|MATH 141||Calculus I for Social Sciences||3|
|MATH 131||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Two of the Following:||6|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry I|
|Principles of Chemistry II|
|Calculus II: Integral Calculus|
|Introduction to Physics I|
|Advanced Physics I|
|Introductory Physics II|
|Advanced Physics II|
|Any 2 ( 3 Credit Arts Course ) Field School Courses Recommended||6|
Apply directly to the Associate of Science - Environmental Geoscience Specialization Program
Submit proof of English Studies 12 or English First People's 12 or equivalent
Once admitted, register in the courses required for this specialization
Course prerequisites include:
Life sciences 11 or equivalent
Chemistry 11 or equivalent
Pre-calculus 11 or equivalent
The prerequisites for individual courses are outlined in the course descriptions. Students missing prerequisites may enroll 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.
|Full-time||30 Credits||30 Credits|
Lab fees (16.49 per credit)1
|Student Union fees2||$83.98||$83.98|
|Health and Dental Insurance4,5||$250||$548.75|
|Books & supplies2||$2,000.00||$2,000.00|
|Field School fees3||$900.00||$900.00|
Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2021 for the 2021/22 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 - $900 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
5Basic Health insurance is mandatory for all international students. Health insurance costs will be charged every term until students provide proof of MSP.
The Environmental Geosciences encompasses a broad range of disciplines that allow students to develop an understanding of Earth’s elated natural systems and processes. Students graduating in the Environmental Geosciences will be well versed in atmospheric, hydrological, ecological and geological studies.
Students who obtain this associate degree may go on to complete a specific degree in Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, or Biology, or may find employment in a variety of fields including:
Mineral and Resource Exploration
Parks and Recreation Planning
Fish, Wildlife and Freshwater Management
Conventional and Alternative Energy Projects
Any other profession that requires an individual with a knowledge of Earth and Earth’s processes