Program at a glance
Co-op / internship
Open to International
Area of study
Program under review
Explore other programs that focus on the natural sciences.
This program is currently under review and will not be offered in Fall 2022.
The world, our environment
Rediscover the way we represent the world and learn to develop innovative technologies and solutions to approach sustainability, benefiting society and the environment.
In this science-based, three-year program, you'll gain academic expertise, combined with hands-on laboratory and field skills to prepare you for employment or to pursue further education. Environmental technologists work within assessment teams, collecting, collating and presenting information that will help decision-makers understand how their decisions will affect the Earth and its inhabitants.
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What to expect
During the program, you'll take 13 courses in the areas of environmental studies, biology, chemistry, computing, English, geoscience, geography, and math, as well as elective and complementary courses. You can also do paid work experience through co-operative education to get a big head start in your career.
Transfer to university
The program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) of the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and provincially recognized by the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of BC (ASTTBC).
The Environmental Technology program provides up to two years of transfer credit called a block transfer to the B.Sc. in Environmental Science and for programs within the School of Environmental Sustainability at Royal Roads University. University of Victoria will also accept up to 20 units when entering into a BSc in Geography or a BSc Biology.
Your courses may also transfer to other BC universities and colleges to allow you to continue your education towards a degree in biology, geography or environmental studies. Check the BC Transfer Guide to find out where each course transfers.
What you'll learn
You'll learn how to produce solutions for the world's leading problems from the fields of chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and environmental sciences to business insight and expertise. As a multi-disciplinary program, Environmental Technology has access to wide-ranging resources including lab equipment, a native plant garden and a property in Metchosin that can benefit you during your studies.
As a certified environmental technologist, you will be qualified for entry-level employment with private- and public-sector employers. Co-op students and graduates have gone on to careers in workplaces that include:
- Institute of Ocean Sciences
- Federal and provincial ministries and departments (Forests, Fisheries, Parks and Water Management, Department of National Defence)
- Indigenous organizations
- BC Hydro
- BC Ferries
- Private consulting firms
- Various municipalities and regional districts
What you'll learn
Current students wanting information about your program, go to student planning in myCamosun.
For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.
A focus on science-based innovation and sustainability
This program gives you an opportunity to develop a foundation in natural sciences, sustainable resources, communication skills, GIS mapping technology, environmental management and other applied skills.
What to expect
The program consists of five 14-week semesters and two eight-week terms, plus two four-month work experiences for Co-op students and is about 3 years long. As a multi-disciplinary program, Environmental Technology has access to the wide-ranging capital resources of its constituent departments. This includes modern biology and chemistry lab facilities, computer labs, surveying equipment, map and air photo collections, greenhouse facilities, meteorological instruments and rock and mineral collections.
The program hub is located in the Fisher building at the Lansdowne campus. It is a place to meet and mentor, to find out what 's going on, to collaborate on assignments, access resources, socialize and recharge. It is open from 8:30 a.m. until late evening, and on weekends through arrangement with the Instructional Assistant.
After completing year 2 of your Environmental Technology program, you qualify for the additional credential of an Associate of Science Degree in General Science.
In your first year, you will take three academic terms. Courses include evolution and diversity biology, computing, geography, communications and English.
During the spring term, you'll be studying full-time in an intensive series of field courses which culminates in a week-long field camp.
In Year 2, you'll continue to develop your scientific foundation with two academic terms and an optional co-op work experience in the summer. Courses include ecology, biotechnology, chemistry, fundamentals of GIS and biodiversity.
In your third year, you'll take an academic term in fall or winter or an optional co-op term. You'll also continue your studies in chemistry, biodiversity, calculus and begin a culminating sustainability research project.
Optional work terms
During the program, you can choose to take one work term and add an internship designation to your diploma. If you complete two work terms, you will graduate with a co-operative education designation.
Curriculum & courses
Instructor, Electronics and Computer Engineering
Instructor, Environmental Technology & Geography