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Environmental Technology

Waitlisted for Fall 2020

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

Program Highlights

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.

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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

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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.  

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. 

Program Details

Program description

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.

Your career

Graduates of this program find work in environmental protection, conservation and preservation of natural resources and environmental education, communication and research. 

More specific fields include utility and mining companies, chemical manufacturers, steel makers, transportation, federal/provincial government departments, municipalities, education institutions, wastewater management, water treatment, research and health care centers, environmental interest groups and industry associations.

Student success

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.


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


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)

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.


Have questions about this specific program?

Contact MacPhail School of Energy

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. 


Program outline

View additional Environmental Technology program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

Courses may be scheduled between 8 am - 9 pm. 

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.


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.


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


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 Fall 2020 booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start. We recommend you wait to buy your books until your first few days of classes and speak with your instructors.


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

Inspiring Stories

Upon completing his Environmental Technology diploma at SAIT, Robert transferred to Royal Roads University to complete his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. 

The broad base of knowledge offered through the program gives graduates an opportunity to pick any one of a number of trades for their careers, says Andrew.

JennaLee was looking to expand her career opportunities and knew SAIT's applied instruction would widen her prospects. What she wasn't expecting was to be so inspired, but her instructors, who are heavily involved in developing the courses, did just that.

Robert Reid
Environmental Technology | 2018

"We went out to Kananaskis and spent a week doing our own self-directed field study. That was really amazing. Real field experience!"

Andrew Wilkinson
Environmental Technology | 2016

“We have a large base of knowledge. The things I learned in the last two years is more than my 26 years in total,” he says.

JennaLee Seitz
Environmental Technology | 2012

"My instructors were amazing and passionate."

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