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Certificate in Traditional Ecological Knowledge




What will I learn?

The Certificate in Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) is a multidisciplinary program allowing individuals to pursue their interests in TEK through a concentrated program of courses on First Nations and Environmental subjects.

This program ladders well into a major in First Nations Studies, Anthropology, Biology, History, Education, English, Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geography, Nursing and Community Health, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work and Women's Studies as well as leading into majors in Physics and Chemistry.

The Certificate requires successful completion of 10 courses (minimum 30 credit hours). Eighteen of these hours are earned by completing six required First Nations courses. Options for a writing course include one additional First Nations Studies e remaining three courses (minimum 9 credit hours) must be selected from the approved list for Ecology, Chemistry, Geography, Physics and Natural Resources.

Students must establish their course of study with approval from the Chair of First Nations Studies.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Indigenous Studies, Social Sciences and Humanities

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
CAD$23,818.20 (14,35,696) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

6 September 2023, 3 January 2024


University of Northern British Columbia

Prince George Campus,

3333 University Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V2N 4Z9, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

The requirements for admission into a Certificate program are the same as for any student enrolled in a UNBC undergraduate program. To be eligible for a certificate, students must achieve a minimum GPA of C, based on all courses taken at UNBC that are applied to the Certificate.

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 90 or higher in the internet-based test, with not less than 20 in each of the Reading, Listening, Writing or Speaking components; Score of at least 230 in the computer based or at least 570 in the paper-based test.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic score of at least 6.5 overall, with not less than 6.0
  • MELAB score of 80, with a minimum 3 on the Speaking Rating Scale.
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language) or the CAEL CE Assessment score of at least 70, with no subtest below 60.
  • A grade of B or better on Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE).
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 65 overall score, with 60 reading, 60 writing, 60 listening, and 60 speaking.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Northern British Columbia

Inspiring leaders for tomorrow by influencing the world today.

  • Main campus in Prince George, Northern British Columbia
  • Sunshine for 299 days per year
  • 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • 1 in 4 students receive financial aid every year