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Environmental Technology

Closed for Fall 2020

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

Overview

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.

Accreditation

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)

Credential

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: $5,774
Year 2: $5,774

Year 1 (International): $18,868
Year 2 (International): $18,868

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

This is a direct entry program. Applicants who meet the admission requirements are offered spots based on first qualified, first acceptance if space is available.

Admission requirements

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 open Oct. 2, 2019 until the program start date.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Spring 2021* May 10, 2021

*No winter semester — break from Jan. to April.

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.
  • Fall 2020 start: applications open Oct. 2, 2019.

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. 

Courses

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.

Progression

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 to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Business Academy Aarhus, Denmark
  • Griffith University
  • Mount Royal University
  • NAIT
  • Royal Roads University
  • SAIT

To learn more, visit  Transfer Options.

Costs

Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,552 $682 $288 $252 $5,774
2 $4,552 $682 $288 $252 $5,774

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $17,555 $682 $288 $344 $18,868
2 $17,555 $682 $288 $344 $18,868

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure.

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

* 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.

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

Fall 2020

Orientation

Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 3, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.

Delivery

This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. 

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, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience, ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices and SAFE 160: Safety Orientation.

Required textbooks

The booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

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.

Contact 

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

Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

MacPhail School of Energy
403.284.8451
MacPhail.Students@sait.ca

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