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Environmental Applied Science Technology


Start Date: September


Location: Prince of Wales Campus


Length: 2 Years


Credential: Diploma, Environmental Technician


Program Availability: Fall 2024 Term

Canadian Applicants: Waiting list

International Applicants with a Valid Study Permit: Waiting list

Other International Applicants: Closed


The Environmental Applied Science Technology program teaches you scientific theory in classes such as environmental microbiology, soil science, air quality, environmental chemistry, environmental management, and site assessments. You will learn about climate change, groundwater contamination and flow, impacts of pollution, ecosystem health, waste management, and environmental sustainability. Take your love of the environment outdoors to apply these theories while working and sampling in rivers, streams, and various facilities. You will collect and analyze water, soil, and air samples and compare results from previous years to monitor environmental health. By graduation, you will be qualified to work as an environmental technician, or you may continue your education to earn a degree through one of the program's degree pathways.

Our Mission Statement: Our mission is to guide, educate and lead students to become stewards of the environment through hands on learning, scientific research, collaboration, and critical thinking.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply core concepts and methods from ecological and physical sciences and their role in environmental problem solving.
  2. Interpret results from soil, water, and air samples collected in the field and evaluated in the lab for physical, chemical, and biological characteristics in relation to environmental impacts.
  3. Develop environmental stewardship through sustainable practices and science-based learning.
  4. Use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards, water treatment, and remediation of contaminated sites.
  5. Interpret and comply with Environmental Regulations, standards, and policies.
  6. Develop and maintain strong relationships with cross-cultural communities seeking intercultural understanding, empathy, and mutual respect by collaborating on environmental issues.
  7. Demonstrates professional and personal skills that enhance job performance and well-being. 

Industry Certifications and Recognition

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The Environmental Applied Science Technology program has been accredited by the (ECO Canada) based on conformance with the National Accreditation Standard for Post-secondary Environmental Programs. The accreditation has been granted through the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission (CEAC), an independent body that oversees ECO Canada’s post-secondary accreditation program. This accreditation supports our program by providing customized labour market research and industry connections, and a curriculum framework that provides ongoing, continuous improvement. Accreditation supports the graduates of our program through access to mentorship, tools, and resources to follow throughout their career pathways.

DEGREE PATHWAYS


This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your ҹav diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the .

Partner Institution Credential Details of Agreement
, Nova Scotia Bachelor of Health Graduates receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Health (Public Health) degree.
, Bachelor of Science, Environmental & Natural Resources Graduates receive up to 62 credits toward Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Natural Resources degree.
, Vermilion, Alberta Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management Graduates will receive admission to Year 3 of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Management program.
, Victoria, B.C. Bachelor of Science Graduates receive two years of credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree, but require three additional university level courses in biology, biochemistry, or microbiology, as well as math (linear algebra or calculus) and English.
, Charlottetown, P.E.I. Bachelor of Environmental Studies Graduates will receive admission to the Bachelor of Environmental Studies program and can graduate upon completion of 20 courses (60 credits).
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic English, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic math, minimum of 70%
  • Grade 11 or 12 chemistry, minimum of 60%
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program.

NOTES:

2024/2025 Academic Year

Tuition and fees are listed in Canadian dollars. International tuition includes the International Student Fee.

Fees are Course Based

1st Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $5,460 $11,460
Fees $1,223 $1,973
Other Costs $1,025 $1,025
Total $7,708 $14,458

2nd Year

Canadian

International

Tuition $4,188 $9,288
Fees $1,303 $2,053
Other Costs $150 $150
Total $5,641 $11,491
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Canadian Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition $5,460 $4,188
Lab Fee $300 $475
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $470 $470
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee - $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Additional Courses $75
     Total payable to ҹav $6,683 $5,491
     
1st installment due first day of first semester $3,683 $3,386
2nd installment due first day of second semester $3,000 $2,105
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $700 -
Materials & Supplies $75 $50
Equipment $250 $100
     Total $1,025 $150
     
Grand Total $7,708 $5,641

 

International Cost Breakdown

Tuition & Fees

1st Year

2nd Year

Tuition* $11,460 $9,288
Lab Fee $300 $475
Student Union $178 $178
Health Insurance Fee $1,220 $1,220
Fitness Centre Fee $80 $80
Graduation Fee - $100
First Aid/WHMIS $120
Additional Courses $75
     Total payable to ҹav $13,433 $11,341
     
1st installment due first day of first semester $10,433 $9,236
2nd installment due first day of second semester $3,000 $2,105
     

Other Costs
Please note: the cost of books, materials, and supplies are included here for your information only, this amount is not payable to the college. Do not include this amount in your tuition payment.

1st Year

2nd Year

Books $700 -
Materials & Supplies $75 $50
Equipment $250 $100
     Total $1,025 $150
     
Grand Total $14,458 $11,491

*Includes the International Student Fee.

  • Federal and provincial departments of environment, fisheries and oceans or natural resources
  • Provincial departments of occupational health and safety, municipal and industrial water, wastewater treatment facilities
  • Municipal solid waste management, environmental engineering consulting firms and analytical laboratories
  • Industrial health and safety departments, industrial process monitoring, research facilities

DEGREE PATHWAYS

Many ҹav programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your ҹav diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.

Course Code

Course Name & Description

Credit Values


Course Code:SAFE-1005

PEI Occupational Health and Safety

An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:BIOL-1050

Environmental Biology

An introduction to environmental biology including a practical introduction to structure and function of living organisms. The biodiversity of the living world is examined by comparing eukaryotic organisms. The effects of environmental conditions on biological life and the effects of biological life on the environment are emphasized with a focus on invertebrate life. The field and laboratory components provide hands-on experience in the collection, identification and assessment of the biodiversity and ecological health.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:BIOL-1100

Environmental Microbiology

An introduction to applied microbiology including a practical and theoretical introduction to structure and function of micro-organisms. The diversity of the microbial world is examined by comparing bacterial, fungal, protozoan and viral organisms. The growth, reproduction and enumeration of micro-organisms are studied as well as the effects of environmental conditions on microbial growth. The laboratory component provides hands-on experience in the isolation, cultivation and enumeration of micro-organisms as well as in the preparation of microbiological media.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:CHEM-1005

Environmental Chemistry

This chemistry course focuses on building core knowledge and skills required in the Environmental Science field. This course provides an examination of the core principles of chemistry, including the properties of elements, compounds and solutions. Other topics covered include inorganic and organic nomenclature, acids, bases, gas laws, and thermodynamics/kinetics as they relate to environmental chemistry. It includes an evaluation of the fate and behaviour of organic and inorganic compounds in the environment.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:CHEM-1010

Applied Environmental Chemistry

An introduction to the skills and knowledge required to work efficiently and effectively in a laboratory setting. Students are trained in basic laboratory safety and Hazardouz Materials Information System (HMIS) before being introduced to a variety of wet chemistry techniques used in an environmental laboratory. Finally, a review of the selection, calibration, use, and maintenance of laboratory analytical instrumentation is included. Quality assurance and quality control are introduced with respect to their use in laboratory activities and in data analysis and interpretation.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:COMM-1110

Communications in the Applied Sciences

The vital role that communication plays in the science field will be emphasized in this course. The importance of accurate recording of laboratory and field activities as well as the ability to communicate findings to both the scientific and general communities will be stressed.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:COMP-1000

Computer Essentials

Students learn productivity software and explore digital environments with practical applications for various workplaces and educational institutions. The main areas of focus include word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email and other electronic communication tools, various digital environments, and industry-specific applications.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:ENVR-1000

Environmental Science

Introduction to the fundamental principles of ecology and environmental science. It emphasizes an ecosystem approach to studying the environment. The interactions between abiotic and biotic are examined to gain an understanding of how a dynamic balance is achieved in natural ecosystems. This course examines the effect of human intervention on ecosystems and biomes as well as the major trends in resource consumption and use. Students gain a better understanding of how the environment is altered by human action and why these actions may have significant effects on an ecosystem and its sustainability. This course is the essential starting point for Environmental Science students as it lays the groundwork and describes the interconnections between the various components of the program.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:ENVR-1010

Air Quality and the Urban Environment

Examination of factors influencing ambient and indoor air quality. Course components include a review of types and sources of air pollution, sampling and measurement systems for gases, vapours, aerosols and particulates; environmental and occupational sampling strategies, principles of source (stack gas) sampling, and air pollution treatment and control systems. A brief review of indoor air quality (IAQ) sampling, control and mitigation is also included.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:ENVR-2010

Water Quality and Treatment Plant Operations

Exploration of the factors affecting the quality of water resources in the environment. The physical, chemical and biological properties of water are examined for various uses. In addition, the operation of water treatment facilities, including the distribution system, is reviewed. A significant component of the course is the development of field and laboratory skills, using standard methods for sampling and analysis of water samples.

Credit Value:5


Course Code:ENVR-2025

Hydrologic Processes

A comprehensive study of surface water and groundwater resources and their inter-relationships. The course focuses on the principles of flow and measurement as well as water resources management. Topics include an overview of the hydrologic cycle and its component processes, flow measurement, the influence of precipitation events on surface water and groundwater, and the physics of water movement in both the saturated and unsaturated zones. Special topics addressed include sampling techniques, the installation of wells, watershed management, as well as a review of water quality and supply issues.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:ENVR-2030

Soil Science

A comprehensive study of soil systems. Specifically, students are introduced to the fundamental physical, chemical and biological properties of soils. An important theme throughout the course is evaluating soil quality for agriculture and engineering applications.

Credit Value:5


Course Code:ENVR-2040

Environmental Law

Examination of the regulatory aspects of environmental protection in Canada, with a focus on Prince Edward Island. Students review the basics of law, including applicable federal and provincial environmental legislation and associated regulations and the key concept of due diligence, duty to consult, and overall legal environmental responsibilities.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:ENVR-2050

Waste Management

Introduction to the theory and practice of solid and hazardous waste management with focus on the Prince Edward Island system. Specialized topics include installation and removal of above-ground and below-ground storage tanks, Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act (TDGA), Wastewatch on PEI, proper recycling, ecofriendly solutions to overcome single use plastics, and landfills.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:ENVR-2060

Environmental Site Assessment

An introduction to the fundamental concepts of performing environmental site assessments. The basic procedures used to perform Phase I, II and III assessments are discussed. A review of the regulatory environment is provided. Case studies are used to highlight different approaches to performing environmental site assessments.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:ENVR-2070

Wastewater Treatment Plant Operations

An introduction to the operation of municipal wastewater treatment systems, sewage lagoons and on-site treatment systems. Topics covered include preliminary, primary, and secondary treatment systems, and effluent disinfection and disposal. Practical aspects of system operation are emphasized including sampling and analysis of wastewater, process control and interpretation of results within the context of applicable federal and provincial regulations.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:ENVR-2080

Environmental Management and Planning

Students will establish and develop problem-solving skills in application to environmental management and planning to support the goal of sustainable development. Students explore existing conflicts between value systems and the practical implications for considering sustainability issues in a wide variety of applications. Students focus these skills on an environmentally sustainable land development project, ensuring consideration of the scientific, political, economic and ethical implications.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:GEOG-1000

Map Use and Analysis

Use and practice mapping and navigation skills in the field. Students gather and translate data, prepare maps, and experience how a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are applied in occupational fields.

Credit Value:3


Course Code:MATH-1200

Natural Science Math

This course in mathematics for applied science programs begins with an intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial units, conversion of simple and derived units, proper treatment of significant digits, and techniques for handling measurement error. Following a review of algebra and Euclidean geometry (including many scientific calculator functions), the course will continue to apply mathematical skills to solve systems of two and three linear equations by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and graph functions; and utilize factoring techniques to solve fractional and quadratic equations. The course will utilize trigonometric and vector analysis to solve practical problems involving angles in any quadrant, as well as right and oblique triangles. Finally, the relationship between exponents and radicals, and the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions will be applied to biotic systems.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:MATH-1300

Statistics

Exploration of the essentials of statistical collection, analysis, and interpretation. Topics covered include the principles of statistical design, frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, standard normal distributions, linear regression and correlation, and a variety of statistical tests for goodness of fit, differences between means, and identification of outliers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistical software for data analysis.

Credit Value:2


Course Code:NCPR-1001

Standard First Aid and CPR/AED Level C

A comprehensive two-day course offering standard first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills from a certified trainer. As required by regulation, this course covers CPR and the management of other breathing, airway and circulation emergencies, as well as, the control of bleeding, treating shock, stabilizing fractures and dislocations, head and spine injuries, and more. Also, includes automated external defibrilators (AED). This certification expires in 3 years.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1002

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1003

Hazardous Materials Awareness

Students learn about asbestos containing materials in buildings, mould awareness and how moisture affects mould growth, lead containing materials in buildings, mercury and PCBS in buildings, radon.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:NCPR-1005

Asbestos Awareness

Students are trained and certified at an awareness level to work in an environment where they may be exposed to asbestos containing materials. This certification does not include removing asbestos.

Credit Value:0


Course Code:PRAC-2035

OJT - Environmental Applied Science Technology

On-the-job training provides learners with an opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired in the Environmental Applied Science Technology program to a relevant work environment. OJT participants will be expected to assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level employee in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, learners will be expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Credit Value:4


Course Code:SAFE-1100

Industrial Occupational Health and Safety

An introduction to the procedures, standards, legislation and programs used to maintain and improve the quality of industrial workplace environment from a health and safety perspective. These areas include: the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards; industrial hygiene; awareness of technical standards, and worker health programs. A key component is a review of the methods of workplace health and safety compliance monitoring.

Credit Value:2


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