Officials with SIAST and the University of Saskatchewan have signed a new agreement which should open up opportunities for students in two programs.

Graduates of the Chemical Technology and Resource and Environmental Law programs will be able to transfer into a degree program at the College of Arts and Science.

They could work to obtain a Bachelor of Arts in northern studies or a Bachelor of Science in chemistry.

Academic vice-president Arnold Boldt says SIAST already has similar arrangements in place for over 50 other programs, which include transfer credit agreements.

He says these agreements make it easier for students to move between institutions without having to repeat course material.

Boldt says the transfer credit agreements can also reduce the amount of travel needed for northern students to earn a degree.