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Ontario College Diploma | 5 semesters | Barrydowne

Gain the technical 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 evaluation and monitoring of contaminated ecosystem components. You will also be prepared to work on a variety of projects related to climate change issues, water conservation, and water management and other sustainability concerns.  Throughout the program, you will also build your knowledge of pertinent environmental regulations and policies.

Program Highlights

  • 2 year – 5 semesters
  • 6-week internship in semester 5
  • Opportunity to earn National Green Check certification
  • Analyze, interpret and evaluate air, water, soil, and related eco-systems field data
  • Use case studies to understand provincial and federal legislation
  • Develop your technical writing skills


You will undertake an approved 6-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)


  • and grade 11 or 12 chemistry or biology (C), (U), or (M)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2018
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2019
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2019
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2020
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2020

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Students are required to successfully complete an online Lab Safety course (in Moodle) when starting their program at Cambrian.  This course must be completed prior to entering the labs (as identified in the table below) in the Schools of Skills Training, Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies.

Semester 1Credits
ENV 1007Biodiversity Fundamentals 3
ENV 1009Air Properties and Monitoring 3
ECO 1000Principles of Ecology 3
ENV 1008Water Properties and Monitoring 3
CHM 1005Chemistry Fundamentals 13
ENV 1011Soil Science 3
ENG 1002College Communications 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 2
CMP 1011Computer Applications 3
ECO 1001Ecosystem Restoration 3
ENV 1012Outdoor Equipment and Survival 3
ENV 1015Fundamentals of Environmental Micro. Toxicology 3
MTH 1003Math I 3
TEC 1000Technical Reporting 2
The following General Education Course:  3
Intro to Indigenous Studies 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 3
CAD 1100Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
CHM 1012Environmental Chemistry 13
ECO 1002Solid Waste Management 3
WTR 1000Water Remediation Techniques 3
INT 1009Intro to Instrumentation 4
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Entrepreneurship 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
 Term Credits: 18
Semester 4
ENV 1013Principles of Natural Resources Management 3
ENV 1018Data Management 4
ENV 1028Advanced Air Monitoring 3
GIS 1000GIS Applications 3
WHS 1000Environmental Workplace Safety 3
The following General Education Course:  3
Issues and Ethics in Science 3
Entrepreneurship 3
Canadian Political Studies 3
 Term Credits: 19
Semester 5
ENV 1019Field Placement 5
 Term Credits: 5
 Total Credits: 83


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.

Graduate Options

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

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/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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