Do you have an interest in chemistry and physics? Do you want to restore and protect the planet’s land and water resources? Then get your feet wet and your hands dirty in the Environmental Assessment and Restoration program. This two-year program will put you at the forefront of saving our planet.

In this practical, hands-on program focused on soil and water, your classroom theory will be reinforced with hands-on application during labs and fieldtrips that take you out into your future office – the great outdoors. Through a mix of science, law and technology, you’ll learn how to restore the resources our world depends on, improve water quality and reclaim abandoned industrial sites.

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Career Opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

  • Environmental Assessment Officer
  • Environmental Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Environmental Investigator
  • Pollution Prevention Officer
  • Reclamation Technologist
  • Soils Technologist
  • Water Survey Technologist                                                                
  • Watershed Management Coordinator
  • Water Quality Technologist

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dedicated to environmental assessment, research and learning

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The Environmental Assessment and Restoration program has been recognized as the first step in becoming a professional agrologist (P.Ag.) by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists

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into Lethbridge College’s Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Science Degree

At-a-Glance

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September

Credential / Accreditation

Diploma

Duration

2 years

Application Deadlines

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Program Availability

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Admissions

New students are accepted into the Environmental Assessment and Restoration two-year diploma program for the Fall term (September) only.

General Admissions Requirements

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

Academic Requirements

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
  • Grade 11 biology
  • Grade 11 chemistry

Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, e-mail, word processing, and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.

Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first year.

Transfers

Interested students can obtain further information on these partnerships from the School of Environmental Sciences Chair. Students wishing to continue studies at other institutions must meet the entrance requirements of that institution.

Griffith University, Australia

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program are eligible to transfer credit towards the completion of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Griffith University, in Australia. All students will be provided with an approved course completion pathway at time of offer of admission into a Griffith program. For more information, please visit www.griffith.edu.au/credit 

Lethbridge College

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program may be eligible for up to 60 credits towards a Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation Enforcement at Lethbridge College. Details regarding these programs can be found in the Academic Calendar or on the Lethbridge College website: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/

Royal Roads University

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program are eligible for full block transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice at Royal Roads University. Graduates may also receive full block transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University, with the completion of one additional university level math course (calculus or linear algebra preferred) on arrival. Entrance to all programs is on a competitive basis.

University of Alberta

Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program receive up to 60 credits towards the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Land Reclamation major program at the University of Alberta. In order to receive the total allowable credits, applicants must present all diploma program requirements and meet the University of Alberta's entrance requirements. 

University of Lethbridge

Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible for admission into the University of Lethbridge's Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) program. Admitted students will be third-year degree level students in the university's Faculty of Arts and Science in all respects. For more information, please see an academic advisor and visit www.uleth.ca

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Delivery Formats

The Environmental Assessment and Restoration program is delivered through an on-campus format.

Fall 2021 – Environmental Sciences Programs

All labs will take place in person on campus in Lethbridge. Lectures may be in-person or delivered through a hyflex approach as needed.

Hyflex

This program is offered both on-campus and online. Lectures and hands-on training opportunities are delivered through video conference, allowing students the option to attend classes in-person or remotely.

On-Campus

This program is delivered in a face-to-face format on the main Lethbridge College campus in accordance with AHS guidelines. Lectures, labs and hands-on training opportunities will all take place on-campus in Lethbridge.

Courses

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Course Title Credits
Year 1
Term I
BIO-1167 Botany 1 3
BIO-1168 Zoology 3
RRM-1197 Spatial Information Techniques 1 3
RRM-2253 Soil Resources 3
STS-1155 Descriptive Statistics 3
  Credits 15
Term II
BIO-1170 Plant Systematics 1 3
BIO-1172 Ecology 1 3
ENG-1150 Composition 3
GEO-1166 Physical Geology 1 3
RRM-2252 Water Resources 3
  Credits 15
Year 2
Term I
CHM-1155 Chemistry I 3
GEO-1165 Geographic Information Systems 3
LAW-1150 Introduction to Environmental Law 3
RRM-2256 Rangeland Management 1 3
RRM-2264 Forest Management 3
  Credits 15
Term II
CHM-2255 Chemistry II 3
ENV-2280 Contaminant Management 1 3
ENV-2290 Site Reclamation 1 3
RRM-2295 Hydrogeology 1 3
SOL-2250 Soil Fertility 3
  Credits 15
  Total Credits 60

Special note about field studies: Students are off-campus completing field studies during most of September and April. Due to scheduling conflicts, it is extremely difficult to take Year 1 and Year 2 courses simultaneously.

Students are advised to complete all Year 1 courses before proceeding to Year 2, and all Year 2 courses before enrolling in Year 3 courses (for related post-diploma certificate or degree programs). In the Fall term, field studies are scheduled in September, while in the Winter term, field studies are scheduled in April. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends or on statutory holidays. All program field studies are mandatory.

Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as bear safety, firearms safety, pleasure craft operator’s card and boat operations will occur as part of field trip season activities. Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.

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Tuition and Fees

Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$4,351.00
$1,664.00
$1,560.00
Year 2
$5,105.00
$1,584.00
$1,033.00
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International Students
Title Tuition Fees Books/Supplies
Year 1
$13,351.00
$1,664.00
$1,560.00
Year 2
$14,616.00
$1,584.00
$1,033.00
Notes

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.

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.

Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

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