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Environmental Studies
Associate of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies
Associate of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies

Associate of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies

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  • Level:University Preparation/ Transfer Program
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • High school graduation OR minimum 17 years of age by the end of the first month of studies in the semester of entry to Douglas College; and

  • Minimum overall grade average of 60% (or equivalent) in the final year of high school; and

  • Minimum final grade of “C” or 60% (or equivalent) in Grade 11 Mathematics or equivalent for most programs​

English requirements

You are required to demonstrate proficiency in the English language prior to admission to Douglas College. You may demonstrate English language proficiency by completing and submitting proof of one of the following

  • OEFL (Internet Based Test – iBT)
    , Overall score of 83 (minimum 21 in Writing for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs). Official test scores must be sent directly to Douglas College from ETS. Douglas College's institution code is: 9568. 

  • IELTS (Academic Module), Overall score of 6.5 (no band below 6.0 for Post-Degree and Post-Baccalaureate programs)
    CAEL, Minimum overall and essay score of 60 (computer or paper based)

  • EIKEN Practical English, Minimum placement of Grade 1

  • LPI, LPI - minimum essay score 4

  • B.C. secondary school English 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade) , Minimum grade of C (60%)
    B.C. secondary school Communications 12 (final classroom and provincial exam blended grade) , Minimum grade of B (73%) 

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) English Language A – Standard Level , Minimum grade of 3 or C 

  • Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature
    , Minimum grade of 3 or C 

  • Enrolment in a college or university level English or Communications course (recognized B.C. post-secondary institutions only), Minimum grade of C recommended

  • Graduation from a recognized bachelor or master degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principle language (Depending on the program of study, the length of the program and time since graduation, Douglas College may request English language proficiency scores to demonstrate English proficiency). ,

  • EC language school, Completion of the Advanced Level of the University Preparation program

  • ELS language school , Level 112 completion with satisfactory attendance 

  • ILAC language school , University Pathway 3.3 Level 16 completion with satisfactory attendance 

  • ILSC language school , University Pathway Level A2 completion with satisfactory attendance 

  • KAPLAN PLI language school , Level C1 completion with satisfactory attendance

  • VGC International College , Level 7 completion with satisfactory attendance

  • Global Village language school, Level 7 completion with satisfactory attendance

  • PTE (Pearson Test of English), Minimum overall score of 56

Course Information

The Associate of Arts Degree with a focus on Environmental Studies is suitable for anyone with an interest in the environment, including those who plan to work in a related field, such as park planning, urban planning, environmental consulting or environmental education.

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Course Requirements:

Students pursuing an Associate of Arts in Environmental Studies must meet the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at Douglas College and the following specific program requirements:

Students must choose at least four courses from List A.


  • ANTH 2230*, Ecology and Culture

  • ECON 2460*, Environmental Economics

  • EAES 1120, Introduction to Earth Sciences

  • GEOG 1110, Weather and Climate

  • GEOG 1120, Introduction to Earth Sciences

  • GEOG 1130, Human Impact on the Environment

  • GEOG 2311*, Urban Environmental Sustainability

  • PHIL 2123*, Environmental Ethics

  • SOCI 2270*, Society and the Environment

Students must choose at least four courses from List B.

List B

  • ANTH 1170, Anthropology in Developing Countries

  • CRIM 3320*, Environmental Crime and Law

  • GEOG 1100, Introduction to Human Geography

  • GEOG 1140, Environment and Media

  • GEOG 1160, The Geography of British Columbia

  • GEOG 1180, The Geography of Canada

  • GEOG 1190, Selected Regions

  • GEOG 2210*, Atmospheric Environments: Climatology

  • GEOG 2213*, Social Geography

  • GEOG 2220*, Geomorphology

  • GEOG 2230*, The Geography of Biodiversity

  • GEOG 2270*, Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

  • HIST 1104, World History Since 1945

  • HUMS 1101, Frontiers of Thought

  • IDST 1102, Perspectives on the Environment Creating a Sustainable Society

  • POLI 1103, Introduction to World Politics

  • POLI 2203*, Current International Issues

  • BIOL 1110, Principles of Biology: The Biosphere

  • BIOL 1210, Principles of Biology: The Organism

  • BIOL 2300*, Marine Biology

  • BIOL 3305*, Ecology

  • BIOL 3500*, Plant Biology

  • BIOL 3700*, Evolution

  • CHEM 2303*, Environmental Chemistry

  • EAES 1121, History of the Earth

  • EAES 1201, Global Environmental Change

  • EAES 1207, Introduction to Environmental Science

  • EAES 1240, Ocean and the Environment

  • EAES 1900, Resources from the Earth

  • EAES 2340*, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

  • EAES 2537*, Environmental Science Project

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

In most cases, an Associate Degree will allow you to transfer to a university and enter the third year of a four-year bachelor's degree program. Many universities prefer candidates with an Associate Degree and will accept students at a lower grade point average than those without the degree.

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical Services Plan

All international students studying for more than 6 months in BC are required to have basic medical coverage. 

This medical coverage is issued through the government of British Columbia and is called the Medical Services Plan (MSP).

MSP covers the cost of any medically required service provided by a physician enrolled with MSP. There is a monthly fee for this coverage and it is billed to you directly by the government. 

Effective January 1st 2020, the total cost of MSP will go up to $75 per month, per student.

Douglas Students' Union Health & Dental Plan

This extended coverage plan covers things that are not covered by the MSP, such as ambulance fee, vision care, dental care and prescription drugs. Full-time students registered in a Fall semester are automatically enrolled in the Student Health and Dental plan for $260 per year, charged as part of the tuition fees. The insurance period begins on September 1 and ends on August 31 of the following year.

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