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Ontario College Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne

Gain the entry-level skills and practical field experience to identify, measure, and record environmental variables within the air, water, soil and living organisms. This program prepares you to perform appropriate sampling, use state-of-the-art equipment, and assist in the remediation and long-term monitoring of contaminated eco-system components. Throughout the program, you will also build your knowledge of pertinent environmental regulations and policies.

Program Highlights
  • 1 year – 3 semesters
  • 4-week internship in semester 3
  • Opportunity to earn National Green Check level I and II geomatics certifications through course work
  • Learn to assess and monitor air, water, soil, and related eco-systems
  • Use case studies to understand provincial and federal legislation
  • Develop your technical writing skills

You will undertake an approved 4-week internship with a company or agency involved in environmental work or research.

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How to Apply

Environmental Studies

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status, including:

  • any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:


Fall Semester

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
CHM 1005Chemistry Fundamentals 3
ECO 1000Principles of Ecology 3
ENV 1007Biodiversity Fundamentals 3
ENV 1008Water Properties and Monitoring 3
ENV 1009Air Properties and Monitoring 3
ENV 1011Soil Science 3
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
CMP 1017Computer Applications 2
ECO 1001Ecosystem Restoration 3
ENV 1012Outdoor Equipment and Survival 3
ENV 1013Principles of Natural Resources Management 3
ENV 1014Environmental Impact Assessment 3
ENV 1015Fundamentals of Environmental Micro. Toxicology 3
TEC 1000Technical Reporting 2
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
Thinking, Reasoning, Relating 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 3
ENV 1016Field Term 10
 Term Credits: 10
 Total Credits: 53
Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $650. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates can work in a variety of industrial, governmental, municipal, and private consulting organizations as:

  • Environmental monitoring technicians
  • Natural resource technicians
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental laboratory technicians
  • Field research assistants
University Degree Opportunities

Graduates of this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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