University Transfer – Environmental Studies

CREDENTIAL: Certificate

Start your environmental studies degree at VCC in a supportive learning environment with attentive instructors. Credits transfer to post-secondary institutions across British Columbia.

Tuition: 4535*
Credential: Certificate
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
Program Flyer: Download
Campus: Broadway Broadway
Start Dates: Jan, May, Sep

What you will learn

Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Incorporate critical thinking into global interdisciplinary processes and decision making.
  • Collaborate with peers by participating in research projects and laboratories.
  • Critically interpret literature and determine the nature and extent of information required.
  • Apply the appropriate presentation style to produce clear and accurate written, verbal, and visual communication for public individuals, professionals in industry/NGOs, scientists, and politicians.
  • Utilize accepted research process and abilities in all professional enquiries, communications, and scholarship.
  • Assimilate scientific and quantitative methodology as well as analytical skills for entrance into second year science courses.
  • Apply problem-solving techniques in biology, math, geography, global environmental change, management, and leadership.

What to expect

The courses are presented using a variety of instructional strategies, resources and activities including lectures, laboratories, field trips, demonstrations, guest speakers, case studies, and applied practical experiences.

Admission requirements


  • English 12 with a minimum ‘B’ grade, or equivalent  

  • Biology 11 and 12 both with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent 

  • Chemistry 11 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent  

  • Precalculus 11 with a minimum ‘C’ grade, or equivalent  

For Option C (BSc – Environmental Science), students must meet the  following additional admission criteria: 

  • Precalculus 12 with a minimum ‘B’ grade, or equivalent 

  • Chemistry 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent 

  • Physics 12 with a minimum ‘C+’ grade, or equivalent 


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Motivated and disciplined.

  • Possess analytical and critical thinking skills.

  • Some word processing experience.

Courses *

Prior learning assessment and recognition

For students attempting the assured pathway to Simon Fraser University, PLAR is not allowed, as per the agreement with SFU. 

Option C: SFU Bachelor of Science (BSc) Degree Major: Environmental Science Second-Year

Assured Admission Pathway

Assured admission under this pathway requires completion of the VCC Environmental Studies Certificate with a VCC CGPA of 2.75 (calculated based on the best attempt for each course). All credits must be obtained within sixteen months. In addition, for at least two of the terms at VCC students must meet a minimum course load of 12 credits. The following courses must be completed as part of this pathway:

MATH 1100 Calculus 1 3
MATH 1200 Calculus 2 3
BIOL 1100 Biology 1 4
BIOL 1200 Biology 2 4
ENGL 1100 English 1 3
or ENGL 1101 English
EVSC 1100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
CHEM 1121 Chemistry 1 4
CHEM 1223 Chemistry 2 4
PHYS 1100 Physics 1 4
PHYS 1200 Physics 2 4

The following core courses must be taken at VCC:

BIOL 1100 Biology 1 4
BIOL 1200 Biology 2 4
EVSC 1100 Introduction to Environmental Science 3
ENGL 1100 English 1 3
or ENGL 1101 English

Other (non-core) courses in the certificate that are taken at post-secondary institutions other than VCC may be transferred to VCC and used towards completion of the VCC/SFU pathway, providing those courses transfer independently to SFU and receive the same credit at SFU as does the VCC pathway course.

Competitive Admission Pathway

VCC students who do not meet the assured admission pathway criteria will be considered for entry to the SFU Environmental Science programs using the existing college transfer criteria for admission (currently 24 credits of transferable work plus meeting the GPA set for that term of admission), plus program-specific requirements.

Applicants from both pathways must meet the general SFU English language and quantitative admission requirements.

The required GPA for transfer to other institutions may vary based on transfer agreements with other institutions.

Fees and other costs *

Tuition Deposit

0 (0 non-refundable)

Tution deposits are payable usually within two (2) weeks after a Letter of Offer is issued.

Fee descriptionFee AmountNotes
Application fee36
Tuition Tuition 4535
Student union192
College initiative106
Materials0 not including textbooks
Campus resource141
Tools (deposit)0
Coverall (deposit)0
Uniform (deposit)0
Medical and Dental 275
Temporary Medical Insurance 0
U-PASS 531
Program-specific extra fees0

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