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Environmental Technology

Open for Fall 2022

Length: 2 Years Credential: Diploma Delivery: Full Time Classroom

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Environmental Technology
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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Winter 2022 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Protect, conserve and preserve the environment with a career as an environmental technologist. Work in government, transportation, water treatment or chemical manufacturing. Courses cover sampling, site reclamation, waste management and more.

Want a career that really makes a difference? The Environmental Technology program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the lab or field. As an Environmental Technologist, you’ll work in the protection, conservation and preservation of our natural environment. Many graduates go on to complete their bachelor’s degree at Royal Roads University.

Is this the right fit for you?

Students with higher grades and recent upgrading in Math 30 (Pure Math) and Chemistry 30 will experience more success in SAIT’s programs.

Additionally, students should have good work ethics and communication skills.


This program will be accredited in the future. Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional associations:

  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
  • ECO Canada
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Environmental Technology.

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Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue job opportunities in: 

  • environmental protection 
  • conservation and preservation of natural resources 
  • environmental education 
  • communication and research 

Potential employers include: 

  • utility and mining companies 
  • chemical manufacturers 
  • transportation 
  • government 
  • education 
  • wastewater management/water treatment 
  • research and healthcare centres  
  • environmental interest groups 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $6,340  
Year 2: $6,340

Year 1 (International): $19,415
Year 2 (International): $20,117

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for fall 2022 open on Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2021 April 28, 2023

How to apply

Changing tracks for a changing world

After months of looking for work and having no luck, Mackenzie Niewchas knew he needed practical skills to complement his university science degree. He enrolled in SAIT’s Environmental Technology program, attended field school and got the hands-on experience he’d been lacking.

Admission Requirements

Admission and selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

Admission requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four-step process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Environmental Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.

Communication during selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 


Program outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
BIOL-201 Biology/Field Ecology 1.5
CHEM-213 Chemistry and the Environment 3.0
CHEM-276 Analytical Laboratory Skills 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
ENVS-222 Introduction to Environmental Organic Chemistry 1.5
MATH-237 Math for Technologists 3.0
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 Semester 2

Course Code Course Name Credit
COMM-270 Environment Risk Communication 1.5
ENVS-219 Industrial Process and Control - Environment 1.5
ENVS-252 Environmental/Health & Risk Assessment 1.5
ENVS-251 Air Sampling & Monitoring 1.5
ENVS-254 Remote Sensing - Introduction 1.5
ENVS-250 Field Safety 1.5
ENVS-260 Environmental Chemistry I 1.5
ENVS-344 Geographical Communications 3.0
GEOL-230 Geology 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second year

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name Credit
DATA-201 Data Interpretation 1.5
ENVS-303 Environmental Audits & Management Systems 1.5
ENVS-229 Environmental Law & Regulation 1.5
ENVS-236 Ecosystems and Environmental Impact Assessments 1.5
ENVS-304 Environmental Sampling & Analysis 3.0
ENVS-360 Environmental Chemistry II 1.5
ENVS-330 Environmental Field School 3.0
ENVS-300 Site Reclamation 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
ENVS-361 Environmental Project Management 1.5
ENVS-358 Solid Waste Management 1.5
ENVS-359 Water/Wastewater Treatment 1.5
ENVS-343 Water/Wastewater Treatment Lab 3.0
ENVS-375 Environmental Microbiology 1.5
ENVS-364 Sustainable Environmental Analysis 1.5
ENVS-354 Sustainable Urban Design 1.5
GEOL-350 Hydrology/Hydrogeology 1.5
PROJ-367 Environment Practicum 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0
Non-credit certification in the following courses: H2S Alive WHMIS, Ground Disturbance, Confined Space.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Transfer options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer in, within or on from SAIT is available. Visit transfer options to learn more.


2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $5,007 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,340
2 $5,007 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $6,340

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $18,082 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $19,415
2 $18,784 $793.20 $287.77 $252 $20,117

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,800 per year.
  • For an estimate of the costs associated with purchasing a device that meets the standard hardware and software requirements, see our computers and laptops page.
  • Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021


Your program orientation will take place on Sept. 2 on campus. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

We are expecting to meet you at student orientation. Important program information is discussed to ensure you are prepared to begin classes that begin on day one. Orientation is a mandatory part of your learning experience to ensure student success.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program with a standard hardware and software requirement. See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page

Required equipment/tools

You'll require a scientific calculator capable of performing linear regression.

Required personal protective equipment (PPE)

The industry-approved PPE you'll need will be discussed during your first few days of classes. 

PPE is required in various labs. You'll need a lab coat and CSA-approved safety glasses (with uvex and side shields) to enter the chemistry labs. You will need this when in-person classes resume.

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year: 

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace (D2L) before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Email: MacPhail.students@sait.ca

Academic chair

Thank you for choosing the SAIT MacPhail School of Energy!

As your academic chair for the first year of the Environmental Technology diploma program it is my pleasure to welcome you, on behalf of the entire program, as the newest members of our innovative learning community. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey.

Pablo Pina, Academic Chair
Email:  pablo.pina@sait.ca

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for accepted students

Have questions about this program?

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