Environmental Technology

Program: ENVR
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 3 Co-op Work Terms
Length: 6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms
Duration: 3 Years
Effective: Fall 2017
Location: Barrie


Environmental Technology graduates have advanced skills in the use of environmental sampling, monitoring and testing equipment; data analysis; and information technology tools. They are familiar with applying the principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability and have the ability to manage environmental projects from planning through to implementation and maintenance. They have applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental requirements and can contribute to risk assessment and environmental systems management. This program provides an opportunity for students to apply their skills through partnerships in the community and stresses the need for designing and implementing systems to prevent, control and clean-up environmental contamination.

The field of environmental technology is diverse and rapidly evolving to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, a number of career options can be pursued upon graduation. Traditionally, graduates have found employment in the environmental field working for small and large corporations. Potential employers include environmental consulting firms, government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal), and environmental services departments in a variety of organizations.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools;
  • identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control, and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites;
  • 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;
  • participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures;
  • promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management;
  • carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics;
  • suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements;
  • contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems;
  • provide ongoing support for project management; communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms;
  • develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist;
  • use various information technology tools to assemble, analyze and present environmental data effectively;
  • apply basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2017
  • Sem 2: Winter 2018
  • Work Term 1: Summer 2018
  • Sem 3: Fall 2018
  • Sem 4: Winter 2019
  • Work Term 2: Summer 2019
  • Work Term 3: Fall 2019
  • Sem 5: Winter 2020
  • Sem 6: Summer 2020


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Graduation Requirements

33 Mandatory Courses
1 Optional Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.


Mandatory Courses
BIOL 1008Biological Systems
CHEM 1003Introduction to Applied Chemistry
CHEM 2002Applied Organic Chemistry
CHEM 3002Applied Environmental Chemistry
COMP 1059Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
ENVR 1000Environmental Science and Sustainability
ENVR 1004Geospatial Technology
ENVR 1005Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
ENVR 1006Earth Science
ENVR 1007Water Treatment
ENVR 2004Waste Management Strategies
ENVR 2012Ecosystems and Environmental Sampling
ENVR 2013Limnology and Watershed Management
ENVR 2014Environmental Management Systems and Audits
ENVR 2017Soil Properties
ENVR 2018Environmental Assessment and Contaminants in the Environment
ENVR 2019Environmental CAD
ENVR 2020Wastewater Treatment
ENVR 3000Applied Hydrology and Hydrogeology
ENVR 3002Toxicology in Contaminants and Organisms
ENVR 3009Spill Response and Emergency Preparedness
ENVR 3010Advanced Environmental Sampling
ENVR 3012Advanced GIS
ENVR 3013Sustainable Technologies
ENVR 3014Applied Research and Entrepreneurship
ENVR 3015Stakeholder Engagement and Management
ENVR 3016Atmospheric Science
LAWS 2010Environmental Law and Policy
MATH 1018Introduction to Technical Mathematics
MENG 3013Fluids in the Environment
PHYS 1004Physical Systems in the Environment
STAT 2006Applied Statistics for Environmental Applications
SURV 2002Environmental Surveying
Communications Courses
Select 2 courses from the communications list during registration.
General Education Courses
Select 3 courses from the general education list during registration.
Co-op Work Terms
COOP 1023Environmental Work Term 1
COOP 2018Environmental Work Term 2
COOP 3010Environmental Work Term 3
Optional Courses
Select 1 course from the available list during registration. Program options may include:
ENVR 3011Industrial Ecology
ENVR 3017Applied Research Project

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.