Natural Environment Technician - Conservation and Management (5220) 2 Years - 4 Semesters Ontario College Diploma CO-OP Program Overview This is a Co-operative Education Program. September and January intakes are available. Please contact the Registrar`s Office for further information. Students are required to complete at least one co-op work placement (CWF100) in order to graduate. Want to contribute to conserving and protecting our natural environment? Are you interested in learning how natural ecosystems function and interact? Do you want a rewarding career carrying out work leading to the sustainability of natural resources? If you answered yes, this is the program for you. Our team of experienced Natural Environment faculty can teach you the skills you`ll need to gain meaningful employment in the rapidly expanding environmental sector. Students will study the natural environment and learn to understand how ecosystem components interact together. You`ll be taught how to identify organisms including birds, fish, mammals, insects, fungi, plants and trees. The physical parts of ecosystems are critically important to their function, so emphasis will be placed on understanding the climatic and geological forces that have shaped the land. Courses in forest soils and aquatic resources will provide students with knowledge of these processes. The focus of this program will be on teaching field skills and techniques which are essential for the inventory, evaluation and monitoring of natural communities. Practical field training will be provided to teach navigating in wild areas using compasses and GPS, and using canoes, motorized boats, ATV`s and snowmobiles for back country transportation. You`ll also learn the latest techniques to monitor and measure natural resources. The location of Sault College makes it ideal for this program. The rugged natural wilderness of the Algoma Highlands and Lake Superior provide unlimited opportunities for outdoor activity. While classroom lectures and labs provide the theoretical background for the program, much of your time will be spent outside doing hands on applications of what you`ve learned. A critical appreciation of ecosystem function within urban environments will also develop, as students learn of the capacity of the natural environment to solve common urban issues. Numerous Natural Resource agencies make Sault Ste. Marie their home (e.g., Ontario Forest Research Institute, Great Lakes Forest Research Centre, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Sea Lamprey Control Centre, and Invasive Species Centre). The city is also touted as the renewable energy capital of Canada. With the opportunity to visit a variety of local sites, students learn how natural resources are assessed and utilized to provide clean energy. At the core of these projects are the natural heritage assessments and ongoing monitoring that contribute to long term sustainability. Students will apply a variety of technologies in this important effort to mitigate climate change, yet ensure an energy rich society. Graduates of this 2 year program are encouraged to continue their studies in the Natural Environment Technologist program though a technician diploma may be awarded after 4 semesters. Students may have the opportunity to be involved in applied research projects. Please see the `Applied Research Centre` section for more information relating to the Sault College Applied Research Centre. Program of Study Semester 1

  • CMM115 - 3 Communications I
  • NET100 - 3 Fish and Wildlife Studies I
  • NET107 - 3 Outdoor Equipment Certifications
  • NRT101 - 3 Trees and Shrubs I
  • NRT123 - 3 Outdoor Navigation
  • NRT131 - 2 Fall Field Camp - First Year
  • NRT141 - 3 Science and Nature
  • NRT150 - 4 Forest Inventory

Semester 2

  • CMM210 - 3 Technical Communication
  • CWF100 - 3 Co-op Work Placement I
  • Please Note: CWF100-3 is mandatory and takes place in the summer.
  • NET105 - 3 Fish and Wildlife Studies II
  • NET108 - 4 Geographic Information Systems
  • NET150 - 2 Data Analysis & Presentation
  • NRT109 - 3 Ecology
  • NRT116 - 2 Natural Resources Career Management
  • NRT133 - 3 Trees and Shrubs II
  • NET152 - 3 Traditional Ecological Knowledge

Semester 3

  • NET200 - 3 Aquatic Ecosystem Surveys
  • NET201 - 2 Second Year Fall Field Camp
  • NET207 - 3 Naturalizing Urban Environments
  • NET210 - 3 Wetland Conservation
  • NET252 - 3 Forest Practices and the Environment
  • NRT256 - 3 Ecosystem Classification
  • NRT257 - 3 Introduction to Soil Science
  • GEN100 - 3 Global Citizenship

Semester 4

  • NET102 - 2 Global Environmental Issues
  • NET204 - 3 Remote Sensing
  • NET205 - 4 Terrestrial Ecosystem Surveys
  • NET250 - 3 General Entomology
  • NET255 - 4 Environmental Monitoring
  • NET256 - 2 Renewable Energy/Site Development
  • NRT240 - 2 Natural Resources Law
  • GAS103 - 3 What in the World is Going On?
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS109 - 3 Music and Pop Culture
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GAS116 - 3 Your Two Cents
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • GEN110 - 3 Student Selected General Education
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • HDG122 - 3 Personal and Academic Success Strategies
  • Student Selected General Education *
  • SSC102 - 3 Introduction to Aboriginal Peoples of Canada
  • Student Selected General Education *

Note: *Students must choose one of the identified Student Selected General Education Courses Mandatory Gear List For Additional Information please see the following "Fact Sheet" **Please note tuition prices on this sheet are for Domestic students, NOT International students ** Winter Start Fall Start

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated April 5, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Sep 2020
2 years
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