The Applied Coastal Ecology (ACE) program readies students for careers in coastal natural resources management, ecosystem restoration, environmental monitoring, and many others. ACE balances foundational learning in areas such as biology, geography, chemistry and oceanography with applied courses in areas such as salmon, ground fish and shellfish management, stream habitat restoration, rainforest ecology, wildlife management, and more. ACE students also get important technology training in computer database management, GIS mapping, surveying, technical writing, and presentation. Students participate in real-world, community-based projects to gain employment-ready experience and ultimately gain a strong sense of how coastal ecosystems react to the stresses imposed on them by human activity, and how to apply procedures to mitigate impacts and restore healthy ecosystems.
The ACE Diploma readily transfers to a variety of Bachelor degree (B.Sc.) programs throughout Canada. Specific transfer agreements exist with the University of British Columbia (UBC), Royal Roads University (RRU), The University of Victoria (UVIC), and the University of Northern BC (UNBC).
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