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Environmental Science

Faculty: Science & Technology
Credits: 60.0
Length: Four semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Associate Degree
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
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

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 60 University Transferable credits
  • Require a minimum GPA of 2.00
  • 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College

The Associate of Science Degree - Environmental Science is awarded after completion of the requirements specified below.  No course may be used to satisfy more than one requirement.

Mathematics courses (6 credits): 

  • Required course:  MATH 1120 or 1123
  • Additional required course (choose one):  MATH 1110, 1160, 1220, 1223

English courses (6 credits):

  • Required course:  ENGL 1130
  • Additional required course (choose one):  ENGL 1102, 1106, 1109, 1114, 1115

First-year Science courses (at least 24 credits):

Second-year Science courses (at least 18 credits, in at least two different subject areas):

  • Required course (choose 1):  EAES 2607 or 2537 or 2605
  • Additional required credits (choose from the list below):

Arts courses (6 credits): 

Select any two Arts or Humanities courses, excluding Mathematics, English and all lab-based science courses.  Recommended Arts and Humanities courses can be found in the Douglas College catalogue under Associate of Arts Degree (thematic focus on Environmental Studies).

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 Co-operative Education at the Career Centre at Douglas College.

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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