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Environmental Technology, Diploma

A foundation in environmental science and innovation.

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Program at a glance

Credential

Diploma

Work experience

Co-op / internship

Study options

Full-time

Open to International

Yes

Ready to get started?

Get your application in for the September intake.

The world, our environment

Rediscover the way we represent the world and learn to develop innovative technologies and solutions to address sustainability and climate change, benefiting society and the environment.

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Hands-on learning

In this science-based, two-year program, you'll gain academic expertise, combined withhands-on laboratoryԻfield skillsto prepare you for employment or to pursue further education. Environmental professionals work within assessment teams, collecting, collating and presenting information that will help decision-makers understand how their decisions will affect the Earth and its inhabitants.

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What to expect

During the program, you'll take 13 courses in the areas of environmental studies, biology, chemistry, english, geography, GIS, and math. You can also do paidwork experiencethrough co-operative education to get a big head start in your career.

Accreditation

The program is nationally accredited by the College of Applied Biology (CAB) and upon program completion students are eligible to become Registered Biology Technologists ().

Transfer to university

The Environmental Technology program provides up to two years of transfer credit towards programs within theSchool of Environment & Sustainabilityat Royal Roads University (note that their option of aB.Sc. in Environmental Sciencewill require an additional calculus, e.g. MATH 108).

Your courses may alsotransfer to other BC universities and collegesto allow you to continue your education towards a degree in biology, geography or environmental studies. Check theto find out where each course transfers.

What you'll learn

You'll learn how to produce solutions for the world's leading problems from the fields of applied biology/restoration, environmental chemistry, and Geographic Information Systems. As a multi-disciplinary program, Environmental Technology has access to wide-ranging resources including lab equipment, a native plant garden, and a variety of local field sites used for field-based learning.

In demand

As a certified environmental professionals, you will be qualified foremployment with private- and public-sector employers.Co-op students and graduates have gone on to careers in workplaces that include:

  • Institute of Ocean Sciences
  • Federal and provincial ministries and departments (Forests, Fisheries, Parks and Water Management, Department of National Defence)
  • Indigenous organizations
  • BC Hydro
  • BC Ferries
  • Private consulting firms
  • Various municipalities and regional districts

These roles involve a variety of projects and activities, which could include:

  • Conducting rare species surveys/inventories
  • Describing impacts from proposed activities
  • Preparing environmental permit applications
  • Providing reports and recommendations on mitigation/restoration
  • Collecting field data and conducting GIS analyses

What you'll learn

Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in.

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Program outline

For more details, please see theEnvironmental Technology coursesin the Academic Calendar.

Program Outline

A focus on job skills in the environmental field

This program gives you an opportunity to develop a foundation in natural sciences, sustainable resource management, communication skills, GIS mapping technology, environmental management, and other applied skills.

What to expect

The program is two years in length and consists of four 14-week terms, plus two four-month work experiences for Co-op students. As a multi-disciplinary program, Environmental Technology has access to the wide-ranging capital resources of its constituent departments. This includes modern biology and chemistry lab facilities, computer labs, surveying equipment, map and air photo collections, greenhouse facilities, meteorological instruments and rock and mineral collections.

The program hub is located in the Fisher building at the Lansdowne campus. It is a place to meet and mentor, to find out what 's going on, to collaborate on assignments, access resources, socialize and recharge. It is open from 8:30 a.m. until late evening, and on weekends through arrangement with the Instructional Assistant.

Year 1

Fall

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

BIOL 124

Evolution and Diversity

6

3

ENVR 115

Atmosphere and Hydrosphere

6

3

GEOG 100

Environment & Sustainability

4

3

CHEM 110 or CHEM 120

General College Chemistry 1 or
College Chemistry 1

6

3

ENGL 170

Technical Writing

3

3

CDEV

Optional

1

0

Winter

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

BIOL 228

Ecology

6

3

GEOG 216 or STAT 216

Statistics in Geography

5

3

IST 142

Land, Water, and Stewardship

3

3

BIOL 240

Wildlife Biodiversity

6

3

CHEM 253

Environmental Chemistry

6

3

Summer (Optional Co-op Work Experience)

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

ENVR 101

Co-op 1

420

6

Year 2

Fall

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

ENVR 112

Environmental Research and Practice

3

3

ENVR 160

Environmental Sampling and Analysis

6

3

GEOG 217

Maps and GIS

5

3

ENVR 217

Field Skills

6

3

BIOL 241

Applied Botany

6

3

Winter

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

GEOG 227

Advanced GIS Applications

5

3

ENVR 212

Capstone Project

5

3

GEOG 276 or GEOS 100

Geomorphology or Physical Geology

5

3

ENVR 260

Environmental Remediation

6

3

ENVR 100

Climate Solutions

3

3

Summer (Optional Co-op Work Experience)

CourseTitleWeekly HoursCredits

ENVR 101 or ENVR 201

Co-op 1 or Co-op 2

420

6

Optional work terms

During the program, you can choose to take one work term and add an internship designation to your diploma. If you complete two work terms, you will graduate with a co-operative education designation.

Curriculum & courses

Admission Requirements

One of:

  • C Chem 11
  • C in Chemistry 11 ܼŲͼ Alternative

One of:

  • C+ in English 12
  • C in English 12 ܼŲͼ Alternative

One of:

  • C+ in Biology 11
  • C+ in Biology 11 ܼŲͼ Alternative
  • C+ in Anatomy and Physiology 12
  • C+ in Anatomy and Physiology 12 ܼŲͼ Alternative

And one of:

  • C in Precalculus 11
  • C in Math 11 ܼŲͼ Alternative

When you apply you will need to submit proof that you meet the program admission requirements listed above. Where a letter grade is specified, you must have proof of that grade or higher.

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Contact us

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If you have questions about what you can expect to learn in your classes contact artsci@camosun.ca.

Faculty/staff profile

Emrys Prussin

Emrys Prussin

Chair - Environmental Technology

PrussinE@camosun.ca
250-370-3288
Paul Building

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Ian Browning

Ian Browning

Instructor, Electronics and Computer Engineering

browning@camosun.ca
250–370–4432, 250-370-3329

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Tony Dorling

Instructional Assistant, Environmental Technology

Dorling@camosun.bc.ca
250-370-3210
F 228

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Trisha Jarrett

Trisha Jarrett

Instructor - Environmental Technology & Geography

jarrett@camosun.ca
250-370-3378
Fisher Building

Contact information

School of Arts & Science

Campus location

Fisher 104

Location link

Lansdowne Campus

250–370–3298

artsci@camosun.ca


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