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Environmental Studies
Diploma in Environmental Studies
Diploma in Environmental Studies

Diploma in Environmental Studies

  • ID:OC10018
  • Level:2-Year Undergraduate Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

  • Regular Applicants: A regular applicant will be a secondary graduate or a secondary school student, or its equivalent, who has or who will complete the requirements for senior secondary graduation, or its equivalent, not less than one month prior to commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter. The following minimum entrance requirements will apply to regular applicants:

    • B.C. secondary graduation, or equivalent.

    • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

  • Students with a passing grade of less than 60% in English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 will be admissible to the first year of the program, subject to the following conditions:

    • Registration is restricted to courses for which the student satisfies the prerequisites. Registration in first-year English courses is, therefore, prohibited.

    • Successful completion of the English entrance requirements within the first year of studies. This may be done in one of the following ways:

    • Successful completion of English 12, English 12 First Peoples or TPC 12 or an equivalent course with a minimum grade of 60%. This may be done concurrently through the College's Adult Basic Education Program or by completing an equivalent course through a distance education program.

    • Writing the LPI and obtaining a score of at least 24/40 (level 4).

    • The LPI Test is no longer being offered after July 31, 2020. Okanagan College will continue to accept LPI Test results for two years from the date an applicant tested. Approved alternatives are available. Please consult academic entrance requirements.

  • Mature Applicants: A mature applicant will be at least 19 years of age and will not have attended secondary school on a full-time basis for a minimum period of one year.

  • Secondary graduation is waived for mature applicants. The English entrance requirements, as stated above, must be satisfied prior to admission. Admission may be granted on the condition that the entrance requirements will be completed prior to the commencement of classes for the semester to which admission is sought - either fall or winter.

English Requirements

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS - academic version) Pharmacy Technician must have an overall band score of 6.5, Overall band score of 6.0 (with no band less than 6.0)

  • *Language Proficiency Index (LPI) – Essay Score: 24/40 - Level 4

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)2, 79 (Internet-based), or 213 (computer-based), or 550 (paper-based)

  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL online or CAEL CE), Overall score 60

  • Pearson Test English (Academic), Overall score 56. No Communicative Skills score lower than 55

Course Information

Program Highlights

Gain a solid foundation of environmental knowledge from the sciences, social sciences, and humanities that will prepare you to work in a variety of roles in the environmental sector.

Program Details

The Diploma in Environmental Studies offers an interdisciplinary opportunity to understand the physical principles governing the environment and the social and cultural aspects that influence human behaviour towards the environment.  Students will gain a holistic knowledge of the environment through courses from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The interdisciplinary model will equip students with the critical and analytical skills to think through the many complex factors that influence our understanding of the environment.

The diploma has four options: interdisciplinary environmental arts, environmental management, environmental science and geographic information science. Courses have university transfer credit providing students with the option of further study in either environmental studies or other disciplines. Students can also move directly into the workplace for there is a growing demand for labour in the environmental sector.

Prospective students should ensure that they have the prerequisites for the courses in the option that they wish to pursue.

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Year One

  • INDG 100 Introduction to Indigenous Studies

  • ANTH 121 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

  • GEOG 128 Human Geography: Space, Place and Community

  • GEOG 129 Human Geography: Resources, Development and Society

  • SOCI 111 Introduction to Sociology I

  • SOCI 121 Introduction to Sociology II

  • EESC 101 Environmental Science

  • ENGL 100 University Writing

One of:

  • ENGL 150 Critical Writing and Reading: Poetry and Drama

  • ENGL 151 Critical Writing and Reading: Short Fiction and the Novel

  • ENGL 153 Critical Writing and Reading: Narrative

One of:

  • EESC 111 Earth and Environmental Science

  • GEOG 111 Introduction to Physical Geography: Climate & Vegetation

  • GEOG 121 Introduction to Physical Geography: Water & Landscapes

Year Two

One of:

  • INDG 202 Okanagan Concepts and Frameworks

  • INDG 204 Indigenous Concepts and Frameworks

One of:

  • All 200 level or higher GEOG or EESC courses

  • ANTH 245 Culture and the Environment

  • ANTH 260 Ethnobotany: Plants and People

  • ECON 271 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

  • ENGL 237 Studies in Nature Writing

  • POLI 219 Canadian Public Administration

  • SOCI 217 Consumer Society

  • SOCI 295 Current Topics in Sociology

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