Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology

General

Program Description

Innovative environmental courses can lead to exciting career opportunities

Maintaining, nurturing and protecting the environment is a global priority. As a result, understanding the environment and providing innovative solutions using new and emerging technologies has never been more important. Take the first step toward an in-demand, respected and vital career helping the planet with Fanshawe's Environmental Technology program.

Over three years of environmental training and 12 to 16 months of paid co-op placement, you will study and gain experience in environmental processes that provides foundational knowledge of air, water, and waste management issues. The environmental course curriculum includes bacteriology, analytical chemistry, air pollution meteorology, water quality management, industrial hygiene, and hydrogeology. This environmental program emphasizes measurement and analysis techniques as well as legislation for air, water, and waste.

After completing our environmental courses

The theoretical knowledge and hands-on application using state-of-the-art instrumentation, combined with real work experience, will give you a competitive edge upon graduation with your environmental diploma. Rewarding careers as Environmental Technologists await in municipal, provincial and federal government regulatory agencies, wastewater treatment facilities, petrochemical industries, environmental consultants, pollution measurement control, equipment manufacturers, technical sales and public/private research enterprises.

Features and benefits:

  • Earn while you learn - a total of 16 months of a paid co-op allows students to make employer contacts, gain work experience and apply their knowledge in a real-world laboratory environment. Learn more about the co-op.
  • Beyond Fanshawe - graduates of the program may pursue their degree or a post-graduate certificate. Learn more about pathways.

This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.

Other Information

Graduates of this program are eligible for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Science program (Environmental Science and/or Chemistry major) at Western University as well as several other Universities in the province, outside the province and overseas.

Co-operative Education

This three-year program has four co-op work terms. Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.
  2. Identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control, and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.
  3. Analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.
  4. Participate in the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.
  5. Promote and maintain sustainable* practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.
  6. Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
  7. Suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
  8. Contribute to the development, implementation, and maintenance of environmental management systems*.
  9. Provide ongoing support for project management.
  10. Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.
  11. Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.

Courses

Level 1

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • BIOL-1016 Cytology
  • CHEM-1003 General Chemistry 1
  • WRIT-1039 Reason & Writing 1-Technology
  • MATH-1172 Math 1
  • ENVR-1014 Environmental & Science Issues
  • SKLS-1020 Fundamentals of Science

Level 2

Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • BIOL-3001 Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology
  • CHEM-1012 General Chemistry 2
  • MATH-3062 Mathematics 2
  • PHYS-1001 Physics
  • COOP-1020 Co-operative Education Employment Prep

Level 3

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CHEM-3003 Analytical Chemistry
  • ENVR-3001 Water Quality Management 1
  • ENVR-3010 Water Distribution & Treatment
  • MATH-3030 Statistics
  • GEOL-3001 Hydrogeology

Level 4

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • ENVR-3009 Water Quality Management 2
  • CHEM-3002 Organic Chemistry 1
  • CHEM-3004 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 1
  • PHYS-3003 Thermodynamics & Optics
  • MATH-1173 Calculus 1

Level 5

General Education - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CHEM-5001 Organic Chemistry 2
  • ENVR-3014 Air Pollution Meteorology
  • ENVR-3015 Air Quality Sampling & Evaluation
  • ENVR-5003 Water Sampling & Evaluation Laboratory
  • MATH-5017 Calculus 2

Level 6

Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

  • CHEM-5005 Instrumental Methods of Analysis 2
  • ENVR-5005 Industrial Hygiene
  • ENVR-5006 Air Sampling & Evaluation Lab 2
  • ENVR-5007Air Pollution Meteor Lab
  • ENVR-5008 Topics in Waste Management
  • COMM-3005 Language & Communication Skills 3

General Education - Electives

  • Take 9 General Education Credits - Normally taken in Levels 2, 4 and 5

Program Residency

Students must complete a minimum of 32 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.

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Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream with:
    • Mathematics one of:
      • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
      • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
      • Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
      • Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
      • Grade 11 Functions (U)
      • Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
        (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)

or

  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) with:
    • Core Mathematics
      (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
    • Chemistry

or

  • Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate and:
    • a minimum final grade of 'C' or 60 in the required Mathematics

or

  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) and:
    • Mathematics one of:
      • Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
      • Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
      • Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
      • Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
      • Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C)
      • Grade 11 Functions (U)
      • Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
        (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
    • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)

or

  • Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above

Note:
*Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred.
Applicants who lack required courses may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

Advanced Standing

  • Advanced standing assessment is available for students transferring from other Colleges or University programs.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Note:

Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Environmental Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Environmental Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Environmental Technology program.

Career Opportunities

This is a co-operative education program providing integration of related paid work experiences with classroom theory during alternating periods of work and study. Students' graduate with twelve to sixteen months of work experience. Employment opportunities exist with provincial and federal government regulatory agencies, petrochemical companies, environmental consultants, industry, pollution measurement control, water and wastewater facilities, and public/private research enterprises.

Last updated Jan 2020

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