Make the forests, mountaintops and fields your future workplace by building on your environmental sciences diploma in the Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Applied Science degree program.

 

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Overview

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Designed with input from environmental industry partners, the Ecosystem Management degree program builds on your diploma in Resource Management, Environmental Assessment and Restoration or environmental sciences.

Through two distinct program streams, the degree prepares you for work in the fields of environmental management and restoration or fish and wildlife management.

Thanks to a curriculum that focuses on industry-relevant technical and field skills, this two-year program offers more than the traditional bachelor degree. Integrating applied field and lab skills with theoretical studies, the Ecosystem Management degree culminates in a meaningful capstone learning experience, where you’ll test your skills in the forests, mountains and fields that will one day be your workplace.

And did we mention how you’ll be able to acquire non-credit certifications? Courses like ATV operations, H2S Alive and electro-fishing will occur as part of field trip season. You’ll have to pay for these courses out-of-pocket, but they’ll give you a competitive edge before you even enter the workforce.

What are you waiting for? Apply for the Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Applied Science today!

Career opportunities

After graduation, you’ll be in demand with this unique degree and ready to hit the trails in positions such as:

  • resource, fish and wildlife technologist
  • habitat specialist
  • reclamation specialist
  • assistant/associate agrologist/biologist
  • resource/environmental manager
Starts In: September
Status: Now accepting applications.
Next Intake: Fall (September) 2018
Application Deadlines:

  • Domestic for Fall 2018: September 4, 2018
  • International for Fall 2018: June 1, 2018

For a full list of dates and deadlines, click here.

Duration: 2 years
Credential: Bachelor of Applied Science
Delivery Format
Classroom
Year 3 Term I (Environmental Management and Restoration Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENV-3372
3.00
ENV-3381
3.00
ENV-3397
3.00
ENV-3383
3.00
GEO-3380
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • ENV-3397 Environmental Assessment and Auditing
Year 3 Term II (Environmental Management and Restoration Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
GEO-3376
3.00
HUM-3370
3.00
STS-3355
3.00
CHM-4455
3.00
GEO-3382
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • GEO-3382 Contaminant Hydrogeology
Year 4 Term I (Environmental Management and Restoration Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-3352
3.00
ENV-3355
3.00
ENV-4450
3.00
ENV-4452
3.00
RRM-4454
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-4454 Restoration Ecology
Year 4 Term II (Environmental Management and Restoration Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENV-4451
3.00
GEO-3383
3.00
RRM-3350
3.00
CHM-4456
3.00
ENV-4453
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • ENV-4453 Stream Reclamation and Remediation
Year 3 Term I (Fish and Wildlife Management Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENV-3372
3.00
ENV-3381
3.00
ENV-3397
3.00
RRM-3368
3.00
RRM-3369
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-3368 Wildlife Conservation
  • RRM-3369 Fishery Management Techniques
Year 3 Term II (Fish and Wildlife Management Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
GEO-3376
3.00
HUM-3370
3.00
STS-3355
3.00
BIO-3350
3.00
RRM-4463
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-4463 Population Ecology and Management
Year 4 Term I (Fish and Wildlife Management Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
BIO-3352
3.00
ENV-3355
3.00
ENV-4450
3.00
BIO-4461
3.00
RRM-4460
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • RRM-4460 Species at Risk Management
Year 4 Term II (Fish and Wildlife Management Concentration)
Course Code Course Name Credits
ENV-4451
3.00
GEO-3383
3.00
RRM-3350
3.00
BIO-4462
3.00
GEO-4464
3.00

The following courses include a field study component:

  • GEO-4464 Applied Limnology

Admissions

New third-year students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma, are accepted into the program in September of each year for on-campus study.

General admission requirements

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs as indicated in the Admissions section of this calendar.

Academic requirements

Students who have completed either the Environmental Assessment and Restoration or the Renewable Resource Management diploma from Lethbridge College will be accepted directly into the Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Applied Science program. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for admission.

Transfer students are required to have a diploma in environmental sciences or equivalent, or a related bachelor’s degree in an area such as resource management, biology, environmental studies or a similar area of study. Transfer students with related credentials will be accepted into the program after being assessed on an individual basis to determine whether they are required to take bridging courses to meet degree outcomes. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for admission.

Supplies for field studies

Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes:

  • warm sleeping bag
  • ground sheet and pad
  • tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation)
  • back pack for gear
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather
  • hiking boots
  • work gloves
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • food
  • binoculars
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • orienteering compass
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • safety glasses (third year)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

Other required supplies

Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:

  • lab coat
  • safety glasses
  • Douglas protractor
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • 16X hand lens
  • dissection kit
  • metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations

Available from sporting, hardware, and office supply stores:

  • Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw)
  • clipboard
  • 4 GB or higher USB memory stick
  • chest waders
  • scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range)
  • 12 or more coloured pencils (pencil crayons)
  • binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

For additional information concerning supplies, contact the lab coordinator at 403-320-3202 ext. 5594.

Prior learning assessment (PLA)

If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for prior learning assessment.

Academic Year Tuition Fees Books & Supplies
Year 3 $6,210.00 $1,266.00 $1,500.00
Year 4 $6,390.00 $1,186.00 $800.00

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  • Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage prior to the end of the first week of class.
  • International students are charged three times the tuition fee of their particular program and the same (other) fees as domestic students.
  • Costs for supplies may vary considerably depending on what students already have or where they purchased their supplies; cost provided is on the moderately high end.

Learn by doing

You'll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

Out in the wilderness, far from the classroom – that’s where our environmental science students are during field trip season. We provide opportunities for hands-on learning in the field, quite literally. Our location is an ideal gateway to diverse ecosystems. To the west lay the foothills, the Rocky Mountains and Waterton Lakes National Park. To the east lay the Badlands, and all around us, the prairies.

As a student in one of our environmental science programs, you’ll get to experience it all. You’ll have your feet on the soil and your hands in the water, exploring, learning and gaining skills that simply cannot be acquired in the classroom.

When you’re preparing for a career in environmental science, it’s not enough to read from a textbook or stare at a screen. It’s something you need to do. And at Lethbridge College, you’ll get that opportunity.

Hands-on, immersive learning

Fully renovated, fully equipped
Fully renovated, fully equipped

Use research-grade equipment in the Cousins Science Centre.

Fully renovated, fully equipped

Fully renovated in 2007 to remain on the cutting edge of technology and equipment developments for years to come, the Cousins Science Centre houses a level of equipment seldom seen at the college or undergraduate level. Students in our environmental sciences and agriculture sciences programs use research-grade labs and equipment, meaning the researchers of tomorrow learn while using the same equipment they’ll use later in their careers. And yes, you almost do have to be a rocket scientist to understand just what our labs contain, including:

  • a mass spectrometer
  • an atomic absorption spectrophotometer
  • infrared autoanalyzers
  • photo-ionization devices
  • and so much more

The building contains 13 labs, eight of which are multifunctional and flexible, and its air system utilizes 33 fume hoods that create negative pressure within the labs for increased safety. The Cousins Science Centre features:

  • three chemistry labs
  • two botany labs with diurnal growth chambers
  • two zoology labs
  • a physics lab
  • a necropsy lab
  • a flume lab
  • a soils room
  • a microbiology suite with two labs and accompanying facilities
  • the Hubbard Wildlife Collection

A hub of collaboration

The Cousins Science Centre isn’t just a state-of-the-art building to study in – it’s a hub of collaboration and hands-on learning. It connects us with all of the other resources we share with industry across southern Alberta, meaning your education is relevant for the workforce of tomorrow. And it’s the starting point of all the field trips and producer visits that you’ll go on as a student in either our Agriculture or Environmental Sciences programs.

Get up close and personal
Get up close and personal

…with some of the most diverse residents of the province.

Get up close and personal

No, we’re not about to put you face-to-face with a live grizzly bear or cougar as part of an identification course, but you will be able to get up close and personal with the full body taxidermy versions.

Lethbridge College is home to one of Canada’s largest collections of full body taxidermy mammals, most of which are native to Alberta. Donated by the family of Alfred Hubbard, the collection provides our students with a 360-degree view of over 100 specimens, including:

  • grizzly
  • cougar
  • bison
  • bobcat
  • pronghorn
  • mountain goat
  • deer
  • wolf
  • black bear
  • badger
  • silver fox
  • lynx
  • several birds of prey

Rather than staring at one image on a page in a textbook, you’ll be able to examine an actual specimen from all angles. It’s a far more engaging way to learn about species and, in our opinion, a far more memorable experience.

Learn from those who have been there, done that

Our environmental science instructors have been there, done that and want you to follow in their footsteps. They have extensive experience and expertise to share, and students aren’t the only ones seeking out their knowledge.

The team for Bushnell’s Trigger Effect, a hunting and fishing show, have also sought out their expertise, specifically creating the Conservation Connection segment on the show to feature our instructors. These experts, who could one day be your instructors, talk on a wide variety of issues related to hunting, conservation, habitat, endangered species, enforcement, fisheries and more. The segment adds an educational element unique to hunting shows and illustrates the extensive knowledge of our instructors and what we’re teaching here at Lethbridge College.

Catch our instructors on the latest season of Bushnell’s Trigger Effect or, better yet, catch them in the classroom.

The “Godfather” of our Environmental Sciences program

Buck Cunningham built the college’s widely-respected Environmental Sciences program. Kerry Edwards (Renewable Resource Management 1983), a Conservation Enforcement/Natural Resource Compliance instructor, recalls meeting Cunningham when he first came to campus as a student. “He interviewed every student who came in the door,” Edwards says. “He wanted to make sure the student was the right fit for the program. And he had hired an amazing staff. They were all well-educated and experts in their fields. He had a vision to have this be the best Environmental Sciences program in the country. He definitely laid the foundation for a very strong program.”

From here to there: alumni updates

Lethbridge College isn’t just a place to go to school – we’re a community that is here to support you from your initial interest in our program through to the moment you cross the stage at Convocation and beyond. Just take a look at where an LC education has taken some of our grads.

Amy Russell

After earning a BSc in Biology, Amy Russell came to the college to enhance her hands-on skills with this new applied degree program. She developed her senior project from a college NSERC-funded grant on the aquatic impacts of the EnviroSpan Modular Culvert system.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Danielle Crawford

Danielle Crawford is one of the first two graduates of the Environmental Management and Restoration stream of this new program. She came to the college as a mature student and earned her Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma in 2015.

– From Spring 2017 Wider Horizons

Cousins Building: An inside look

Take a look at your future classrooms with the videos below.