Diploma in Environmental Studies

Diploma in Environmental Studies

The Diploma in Environmental Studies (ES Diploma) offers students the opportunity to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the environment through courses from the sciences, social sciences and humanities. The interdisciplinary approach equips students with the critical and analytical skills to think through the many complex factors that influence our understanding of the environment. Students will:
  • Gain an understanding of the physical principles governing the environment.
  • Acquire knowledge about the social and cultural aspects that influence human behaviour towards the environment.
  • Learn how humans interact with and have an impact on the environment.
  • Be able to transfer their entire diploma as a block to universities.

See the calendar for more information on entry requirements Diploma in Environmental Studies.

Four Options to Choose From

  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Arts
  • Environmental Management 
  • Environmental Science
  • Geographic Information Science 

Download the Environmental Studies Course Table

Officially required courses are always up-to-date in the Okanagan College Calendar. Check here to make sure you are meeting your requirements for graduation:Required courses for each degree option are listed in the Okanagan College Course Calendar (official).

The below course tables show possible course combinations you can pursue in the three diploma streams. Course tables in the below link are for planning but are not official documents and are only updated when possible: Diploma of Environmental Studies Course Tables (unofficial update 12/2018).

 

 

UNBC Block Transfer

We have a special block transfer program to UNBC wherein students graduating with a CGPA of 2.5 or higher from Okanagan College's Diploma in Environmental Studies may be automatically admitted to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at UNBC (Note: GIScience option transfer still under consideration). This 60 credit-hour program of study is available only to students from Okanagan College with a diploma in Environmental Studies. There are two options in the Diploma in Environmental Studies that directly transfer for 60 credits of the UNBC BA degree – the Environmental Management Option and the Interdisciplinary Environmental Arts Option. Learn more here: http://www.unbc.ca/calendar/undergraduate/environmental-studies 

Students in our Diploma in Environmental Studies – Environmental Science Option are also eligible for direct admission into the BSc in Natural Resources Management degree program. Students may choose one of two majors: Forest Ecology and Management (http://www.unbc.ca/forestry), or Wildlife and Fisheries (http://www.unbc.ca/wildlife-fisheries). Accreditation requirements for both majors and the number of options available to students as part of the diploma program require course by course transfer credit.

Congratulations to the first group of UNBC transfer students from Okanagan College: Shelby Longstaff, Brad Derbyshire, Dave Kassian, Lindi Anderson, and Kara Jorimann!


"UNBC is treating me awesome, the classes are really interesting and the transfer went smoothly. There are a ton of opportunities for Environmental Studies students here and I firmly believe that coming to UNBC was the best choice for us!" ~ Shelby Longstaff

Dave Kassian and Brad Derbyshire

"I had a great experience at OC, and am already having an awesome time up here in the north. Brad and I volunteered for 100 years of BC Parks day, which was this past Saturday. We helped with a interactive station, where Brad and I collected different samples from a wetland to show to the local children's naturalist club." ~Dave Kassian

"I am really enjoying it here. The school is amazing and the classes are really great." ~Lindi Anderson

 

Royal Roads Block Transfer

Diploma graduates can apply to do a full block transfer to the third year of the Bachelor of Science degree programs at Royal Roads University (RRU). Students must meet Royal Roads University entrance criteria. See the below chart for requirements to transfer into specific RRU degree programs. 

Please see the table below and visit the Royal Roads University website for more information.

Okanagan College Program:

School of Environment and Sustainability Programs

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

and

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice

Diploma in Environmental Studies – Environmental Management Option

Approved for block transfer with the addition of two university level chemistry courses. Students will be required to take MATH 112, BIOL 111, BIOL 121 as a part of their studies

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer

Diploma in Environmental Studies – Environmental Science Option

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer

Diploma in Environmental Studies – Geographic Information Science Option

Not applicable

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer

Diploma in Environmental Studies

Not applicable

Not applicable

Approved for block transfer

Water Engineering Technology Diploma – Water and Wastewater Technology Option

Approved for block transfer with the addition of one university level math course (calculus or linear algebra)

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer

Water Engineering Technology – Environmental Monitoring Option

Approved for block transfer. Students will be required to take MATH 112 as a part of their studies

Approved for block transfer

Approved for block transfer