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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 years, 5 semesters
  • 4-week internship in semester 5
  • Opportunity to earn National Green Check certification
  • Prepares you to write the Operator-in-Training certification test for water treatment and distribution
  • Analyze, interpret, and evaluate air, water, soil, and ecological field data
  • 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) or (U)
  • Any grade 11 mathematics (C), (U), or (M)


  • Any grade 11 chemistry (U) or grade 12 chemistry (U) or (C) or any grade 11 biology (U) or (C) or grade 12 biology (U)

Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2021
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2022
  3. SEMESTER 3 Fall 2022
  4. SEMESTER 4 Winter 2023
  5. SEMESTER 5 Spring 2023

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

Program of Study for 2021-22 Academic Year

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.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
ECO 1000 Principles of Ecology 1 3
ENV 1007 Biodiversity Fundamentals 1 3
ENV 1008 Water Properties and Monitoring 1 3
CMP 1011 Computer Applications 3
MTH 1003 Math I 3
CHM 1005 Chemistry Fundamentals 1 3
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
Semester 2
ENV 1012 Outdoor Equipment and Survival 1 3
ENV 1015 Environmental Microbiology & Toxicology 1 3
ENV 1018 Data Management 4
INT 1009 Intro to Instrumentation 1 4
TEC 1000 Technical Reporting 2
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 3
ENV 1009 Air Properties and Monitoring 1 3
ENV 1011 Soil Science 1 3
CAD 1100 Computer-Aided Drafting I 2
CHM 1012 Environmental Chemistry 1 3
ECO 1002 Solid Waste Management 3
WTR 1000 Water Remediation Techniques 3
One General Education course. 2 3
Semester 4
ECO 1001 Ecosystem Restoration 1 3
ENV 1013 Principles of Natural Resources Management 3
ENV 1028 Advanced Air Monitoring 1 3
GIS 1000 GIS Applications 3
WHS 1000 Environmental Workplace Safety 3
One General Education Course. 2 3
Semester 5
ENV 1019 Field Placement 4
 Total Credits82


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 is approximately $700. Any voluntary student certifications, such as National Green Check, may have additional fees. 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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