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  • Environmental Technology

    Environmental Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:EMT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
Start Dates:Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Program Description

Contribute to the future. Build a career where urban and human needs intersect with respect for the earth’s resources. You could become a leader in an industry that’s shaping our world.

As a student in the Environmental Technology program, you’ll be technically skilled and able to constructively work within traditional engineering industries. You'll also possess leadership attributes and knowledge that will make a difference.

Your studies will focus on environmental technology, water resources and applied sciences, engineering and problem–solving abilities, and public and communications skills.

In your final two semesters, you’ll benefit from advanced computer modelling, water management and analytical courses.

Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills, understanding and ability to succeed within the environmental sector. The EMT program is your key to a rewarding career in this exciting and fast–growing industry.

Pathways exist to other programs such as Environmental Sampling and Monitoring and Project Management – Environmental among others.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).


The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.



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Your Career

If you’re passionate about the environment, our Environmental Technology program could have you working in a variety of rewarding roles in just six semesters. Your career could include employment with environmental, engineering, planning consulting firms, government agencies, private contractors, municipalities, utilities and telecommunication firms. Your work will involve environmental assessment investigations, environmental sampling, data collection and monitoring, mapping, data management, computer modelling, watershed planning, land development, construction monitoring, supervision and inspection, surveying, municipal and transportation planning and engineering design. Earn your Environmental Technology advanced diploma and pursue a career as a designer, supervisor, project manager, co–ordinator, water resources modeller or, inspector on construction projects, subdivisions and environmental protection and enhancement initiatives.

Co-operative Education Option

Students from both the Environmental Technology and Technician programs can benefit from an optional Co–operative Education program. Once you’ve completed semester one with passing grades in all courses, and met appropriate G.P.A. requirements, you’ll be eligible to apply.

There are valuable services to facilitate placement opportunities available for students enrolling in the program in semester two. You'll gain access to them through the CPP100 course and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of one work–term from MAY – AUGUST, that provides a wealth of valuable course– related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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Semester 1 Courset Name Hrs/Wk
BEA001 CAD Fundamentals 4
EAC150 College English 3
EBE151 Introduction to Engineering and Built Environment 2
EVP151 Environmental Field Practices 1
EVS141 Environmental Science 3
GTY151 Geomorphology and Geology 4
HSP151 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CHE251 Fundamentals of Chemistry 6
ECD251 Environmental CAD 4
MTA002 Mathematics II 3
SIP251 Sampling Instrumentation and Practices 3
SVC001 Surveying I 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP100 Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only) 1
CWT241 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ATE351 Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology 4
CHE351 Environmental Chemistry 6
GEM351 Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles 4
STA351 Environmental Statistics 3
SVC002 Surveying II 4
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CPP200 Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only) 1
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ELR451 Environmental Law and Regulations 3
GIS451 Environmental Geographic Information Systems 3
HDG451 Environmental Hydrology 3
HYD451 Applied Hydraulics for Environmental Technology 4
RMS451 Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
CWT241 Co-op Work-Term (co-op option only)
Semester 5 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EPM551 Environmental Project Management 3
ETR591 Engineering Technical Report I 2
GIS551 Advanced Environmental GIS 4
LDS551 Landscape Practices 4
PLN551 Planning Policy and Regulations 5
WRM551 Fundamentals of Water Resources Modeling 4
Semester 6 Course Name Hrs/Wk
AMA651 Advanced Modelling Applications 4
ETR592 Engineering Technical Report II 3
MPT651 Municipal Engineering Systems 4
PPE651 Professional Practices and Ethics 3
WMD651 Water Management Systems Design 4

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angela Li
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22036
International Admissions Advisor: Anne Paterson
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22638
Registration & Records Advisor:
Registration & Records Advisor: Sandra Phoon
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
Program Coordinator: Nadia Kelton
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26659
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
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