Diploma of Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies

This program allows students to experience the northern environment and examine a variety of environmental issues, including land use and interpretation, resource depletion and stewardship, wilderness fragmentation and protection, biodiversity, and threats like pollution and climate change.


Northern Outdoor and Environmental Studies is a multidisciplinary exploration of contemporary environmental issues and human-environment relationships, with particular emphasis on northern systems.

Drawing upon the natural and social sciences, humanities and the arts, and integrating experiential learning opportunities to bridge classroom, community and Yukon wilderness, the program critically examines a variety of environmental issues, including:

  • land use and interpretation
  • resource depletion and stewardship
  • wilderness protection and fragmentation
  • biodiversity
  • pollution and contaminants
  • climate change

The complex nature of environmental subject matter is addressed through ecological, socio-cultural, political, economic and philosophical inquiry. Courses include: – The Natural History of the North – Environmental Ethics – Northern Outdoor Pursuits and Leadership – The Circumpolar World.

The program is sufficiently broad to be of interest to students seeking vocational opportunities after completing their studies at Yukon University or preparing for transfer to a university degree program.

It also presents an exciting continuing education opportunity for individuals currently employed in or interested in fields such as education, environmental policy or management, recreation and tourism.

See the program guide.

Program details

Academic level(s)Bachelor
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionYukon University
Fields of studyPhilosophy and ethicsHumanities (others)Travel, tourism and leisureNatural environments and wildlife
TagsmultidisciplinarymultidisciplinaryNorthern environments
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