Areas of Study
Choose courses that are transferable to a variety of post-secondary institutions. Course requirements vary among post-secondary institutions. We advise that you plan your program with a Selkirk College counsellor or contact the UAS school chair for information on transferability.
Anthropologists study humans and non-human primates. Anthropology is both a science and a social science, depending on the area of focus. Anthropologists study all peoples (and primates), in all places, throughout time. The difference between anthropology and other disciplines is the way anthropologists approach their studies: comparatively and holistically. At Selkirk College, the focus is more on the social science side of the discipline.
BIOL 101: Current Issues in Biology
BIOL 164: Human Anatomy and Physiology I
BIOL 165: Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BIOL 200: Principles of Ecology
BIOL 202: Principles of Genetics
BIOL 206: Introductory Biochemistry
Economics is the study of the allocation of scarce resources (including our time, our energy, our built capital and our natural resources). Economics examines ways to get the most benefit out of our resources. If you are interested in a structured system of thought that allows for rational, well-thought our decision-making, economics will interest you.
ENGL 111: Introduction to Literature
ENGL 200: A Survey of English Literature I
ENGL 201: A Survey of English Literature II
ENGL 202: Canadian Literature I: Indigenous Voices
ENGL 203: Canadian Literature II: Contemporary Voices
ENGL 204: Children's Literature I: From Rags to Riches and Worlds of Magic
ENGL 205: Children's Literature II: From Hell to Heaven and Everything in Between
People who are curious about the world around them and who enjoy being outdoors are natural geographers. Geography students study the spatial relationships between natural and built environments and culture. Studying geography is a hands-on experience, and the learning is applicable to everyday life whether is observing how landscapes are changing or seeking to understanding cultural differences.
Geology explores the Earth’s materials and the forces that shape our planet. Learn about rocks and minerals or examine fossils to take a deep dive into geological time. Even if science isn’t your passion, geology is a great option for students from a wide variety of backgrounds looking to fulfill program requirements in science.
HIST 104: Canada Before Confederation
HIST 106: Western Civilization I
HIST 107: Western Civilization II
HIST 203: A History of British Columbia
HIST 210: A History of the First Nations of Canada
HIST 215: A History of the West Kootenay
HIST 220: Latin America: Pre-1821
NYSL 101: Beginners n̓syilxčn̓ 1 (Colville-Okanagan Salish)
Learning to understand and speak more than one language is considered an important part of a broad liberal arts and sciences education. Many universities encourage or require proficiency in a foreign language for students seeking degrees. Speaking another language can open the door to a myriad of possibilities here and abroad.
Law & Justice Studies
Math & Statistics
Mathematics lets us model and analyze the world in a quantitative and rigorous way. University degree programs often use math courses to help students develop skills in analysis and inquiry.
Math is also a study of patterns and beauty, with connections to art, music and poetry. If you are a creative problem-solver and appreciate an intellectual challenge, then there are math courses you will enjoy.
MATH 099: Environment and Geomatics Math Refresher
MATH 140: Calculus I for Social Sciences
MATH 180: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
MATH 221: Introductory Linear Algebra
STAT 105: Introduction to Statistics
Peace & Justice Studies
PEAC 100: Introduction to Peace Studies I
PEAC 201: From Water to Chocolate: Environment, Conflict and Justice
PEAC 202: Leadership for Peace: The Individual and Social Transformation
PEAC 203: Introduction to Restorative Justice: Theory and Practice
PEAC 205: Global Perspectives in Peace: An Independent Studies Course
Philosophy can make a difference in people’s lives. Critical thinking pushes us to reflect on our background assumptions, and it helps us to sharpen the analytic tools we use in many areas of life. Moreover, a hike through the history of philosophy can illuminate ideas and values that underlie our cultural traditions and social practices. Studying philosophy can prepare us to make and defend careful judgements about our lives, our society and our world. In short, as Plato might put it, philosophy can help us to live "the examined life."
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour and psychologists seek to understand all aspects of human thought, experience and action.
PSYC100: Introductory Psychology I
PSYC101: Introductory Psychology II
PSYC200: Biological Psychology
PSYC230: Mental Health and Psychological Disorders I
PSYC231: Mental Health and Psychological Disorders II
These courses provide a unique perspective on the world and your place in it. You will have the opportunity to explore categories such as gender, class, race and sexual orientation and how these interact with the world around you.