University Arts and Sciences – Certificate in Criminology

Certificate in Criminology


Program Description

University Arts and Sciences courses and credentials are designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students for work, citizenship, an enriched life as an educated person, and to create a solid foundation for further study.

Students may register in a program stream, or they may register for individual courses that are scheduled during the Fall, Winter and Intersession semesters. Courses are offered using various modes of delivery, including in-class, videoconference, and online.

A Criminology Certificate is awarded to students who complete 10 designated courses, the equivalent of one year of planned courses, at Northern Lights College. Students intending to pursue the two-year Diploma in Criminology are advised to take CRIM103 (Psychological Explanations of Criminal and Deviant Behaviour), PSYC102 (Introduction to Psychology II), and SOCI102 (Introduction to Sociology II) as part of the Criminology Certificate.

Coursework within the Academic program also supports other College programs, such as the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education, Business Management, Early Childhood Education and Care, Education Assistant, and Social Services Worker Diploma.

Career Prospects

The Certificate prepares students for continued Bachelor level studies at universities or other receiving institutions, continued studies in specific programs at NLC, continued studies in professional programs, or entry-level employment opportunities.

Transfer arrangements exist with universities, colleges and institutes throughout British Columbia. See the BC Transfer Guide .    Course transfer beyond British Columbia is determined on a case-by-case basis. NLC students are responsible for confirming admission requirements, application procedures, transfer credit, and graduation requirements at all receiving institutions.


Locations: Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Fort St. John (NOTE: all courses are not available at each campus)

Length: 30 weeks (depending on intake start date)

Start: September, January, May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule 

Need upgrading first? Start with NLC’s Career and College Preparation program.

Admission Prerequisites

To apply to the University Arts and Sciences program or to register for individual courses within the Program:
* Prospective learners need to complete a College “Application for Admission” form. Admission forms can be obtained in person from NLC Student Services or downloaded in PDF format from A one-time application fee is required.
* Where available, secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts should be provided to indicate that prerequisites for specific courses have been met.
*English is the language of instruction in all programs at NLC, thus it is imperative that NLC students meet minimum English Language Proficiency requirements.
*In University Arts and Sciences, it is understood that the minimum English Language Proficiency requirement is that required to graduate from a Canadian high school program conducted in English. This is defined in the English Language Requirement document.
* Applicants who do not have secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts that provide documentation of prerequisites should speak with an NLC Admissions Officer. In these situations, entry-level skills will be evaluated as required through the Writing Assessment, the Calculus Readiness Assessment, or other assessments.
Where students are registering in University Arts and Sciences courses to satisfy requirements in another program, additional registration criteria may apply.
*At a minimum, the academic background for students pursuing the Certificate in Criminology should include successful completion of one of the following Math courses: Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 12, Pre-Calculus 11, or MATH 040 or equivalent.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.
  2. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the Program Guide

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Program Contact: Lisa Verbisky


Plus THREE of the following:CRIM 103, CRIM 120 OR SOSC 220, CRIM 210 OR CRIM 213, PSYC 102, SOCI 102

Plus ONE of the following: ENGL 105, ENGL 110, ENGL 111, ENGL 112