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Environmental Science

Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 75.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open enrolment
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Summer, Winter
program overview
The Associate Degree in Environmental Science is awarded to students who complete the general requirements for an Associate of Science Degree with a focus on courses concerned with environmental issues. This program concentrates on the principles of science that govern and describe the physical and biological character of the Earth, and on matters concerned with environmental degradation.
curriculum framework

The Associate Degree in Environmental Science is awarded after completion of the following 20 courses:

Mathematics courses (2 courses, one Calculus):
MATH 1120 and one of MATH 1110, MATH 1160, MATH 1220

English courses (2 courses):
ENGL 1130 and any other ENGL course except ENGL 1099

First-year Science courses (8 courses):

Required first-year courses:

Choose two additional courses from the list below:

Second-year Science courses (6 courses):

Required second-year courses:

Choose three additional courses from the list below:

Arts courses (select 2 courses not in English, Mathematics or Laboratory Science): 

 Recommended Arts courses:

For detailed information you may book an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Co-operative Education Option

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.

University Transfer - Royal Roads University 

Under a transfer agreement between Douglas College and Royal Roads University (RRU), Douglas College students who apply for transfer into the third year of the BSc Degree in Environmental Science at RRU will be eligible for admission to RRU with full block transfer credit, provided all other entrance requirements are met, as outlined below:

1. Hold an Associate Degree in Environmental Science from Douglas College or

2. Have completed a course profile similar to:

  1. ENGL 1130
  2. MATH 1110, MATH 1120, MATH 1160
  3. CHEM 1108, CHEM 1110
  4. BIOL 1110, BIOL 1210
  5. SIS 1110, ECON 1101
  6. CHEM 1210, BUSN 1200, GEOG 1130, GEOL 1200
  7. Any two courses in Arts (Geography included)
  8. Any other two university transferable courses

For further information on this program, contact the Coordinator, Environmental Programs, Royal Roads University, 2005 Sooke Road, Victoria, BC V9B 5Y2.

University Transfer - University of Lethbridge 

Under a transfer agreement with the University of Lethbridge, Douglas College graduates who have obtained the Associate Degree in Environmental Science, and have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, will be granted admission into the two-year Post-Diploma BSc Program in Environmental Science at Lethbridge. Students who enter this program need to complete a further 60 credit hours (20 courses) to graduate with a BSc in Environmental Science.

University Transfer - BSc in Wood Products Processing (UBC)

The University of British Columbia offers a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wood Products Processing and has agreed to provide Douglas College students who complete the sequence of courses listed below, and who otherwise meet the University's general entrance requirements, with a block transfer into the second year of the program. Students who are interested in this program should consult the Department of Wood Science in the Faculty of Forestry at UBC.

Douglas College Courses

UBC Equivalent Courses

Semester 1


MATH 1120

MATH 100

MATH 1125

MATH 104

PHYS 1110

PHYS 101

ENGL 1130 or ENGL 1109

ENGL 110 or ENGL 112

CHEM 1110

CHEM 121*

ECON 1150 or ECON 1250

WOOD 120

Semester 2


MATH 1220

MATH 101

MATH 2232 or MATH 2421

MATH 221 or MATH 215

CHEM 1210

CHEM 123*

PHYS 1210

PHYS 102

PHYS 1170

PHYS 170




* Must take both 

career transfer pathways
Students planning to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at a B.C. university, who also have an interest in the environment and related professions, should consider the Associate Degree in Environmental Science. It allows students to complete two years (60 credits) of first- and second-year university-level courses, including subjects related to Earth's biology and environmental issues. Students then transfer to university and enter the third year of a four-year Bachelor of Science program. Many universities prefer candidates with an Associate Degree and will accept students at a lower grade point average. 
Transfer to Related Degree Programs
See the Curriculum Framework for details on the following block transfer agreements:

BSc Degree in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University
BSc Degree in Environmental Science at University of Lethbridge
BSc Degree in Wood Products Processing at UBC
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

program cost

You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

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