Associate Degree in Science | Environmental Geoscience
Associate of Science
In 2020/2021 we offer this program via Distributed Learning where we use various tools that may include email, web-conferencing platforms, online videos, social media, textbooks, print modules, local contexts and experiential tasks. Learn more about Distributed Learning at CMTN.
Do you have an interest in the natural sciences and a love of the outdoors?
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, hydro-logical, ecological, and geological studies and may go on to complete degrees in geography, geology or biology or may find work in a variety of fields, such as mining and mineral exploration, fisheries, wildlife and freshwater management, climate modelling and 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.
Earns you an ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE-ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE SPECIALIZATION.
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 Geo-science students with a full Bachelor of Science degree in two more years with an emphasis on aquatic sciences and environmental remediation.
Gord Weary, CMTN Instructor of Geography & Geo-sciences, discusses how he gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Gord Weary says that getting out in the field makes his students at CMTN well-prepared for the economic boom coming to Northwest BC.
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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|
This specialization program allows students to focus on Environmental Geosciences while still receiving the benefits of an Associate Degree. This program has been designed to facilitate maximum transferability to a full degree program or to conclude after two years at CMTN. 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||University Writing||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 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 131||Introduction to Statistics||3|
|Two of the Following:|
|CHEM 101||Introductory Chemistry I||3|
|CHEM 111||Fundamentals of Chemistry I||3|
|Principles of Chemistry I|
|Introductory Chemistry II|
|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 direct to the University Credit Program
Submit proof of English Studies 12 or First People's English 12 or equivalent
Once admitted, register in the courses required for this specialization
Course prerequisites may include:
Life Sciences 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.
|Full-time||30 Credits||30 Credits|
|Lab fees (16.17 per credit)1||$48.51||$48.51|
|Student Union fees2||$83.84||$83.84|
|Books & supplies2||$2,000.00||$2,000.00|
|Field School fees3||$900.00||$900.00|
Tuition and fees effective August 1, 2020 for the 2020/21 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.
4Health 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