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    Environmental Technology

(Optional Co-op)

Program Code:EMT
Duration:6 Semesters (3 Years)
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. This 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).



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Your Career

If you’re passionate about the environment, our Environmental Technology (EMT) 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, and 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 subjects, and met appropriate GPA 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 Co-op Professional Practice subject and co–op facilities. The co–op program consists of one work–term from May to August that provides a wealth of valuable course–related experience, employer contacts and greater opportunities for permanent placement after graduation.

Transfer Pathways

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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Bachelor in Environmental Studies


University/CollegeDegrees Available
University of Guelph• Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management - Environmental Management
Lakehead University• Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry or Honours Bachelor of Environmental Management
• Honours Bachelor of Science (Water Resource Science)
• Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science (Biology) or Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science (Geography) program
• Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies (Geography)
University of Ontario Institute of Technology• Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) (Honours) in Nuclear Power – Bridge
Western University• Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Cape Breton University• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Environmental Studies
• Bachelor of Engineering Technology - Petroleum
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Science (Environment) – (Environmental Protection major), or Bachelor of Environmental Management (Environmental Protection major or Natural Resources and Pollution major)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
CAD Fundamentals
College English
Introduction to Engineering and the Built Environment
Environmental Field Practices
Environmental Science
Geomorphology and Geology
Health and Safety Practices
Semester 2
Fundamentals of Chemistry
Environmental CAD
Mathematics II
Sampling and Instrumentation Practices
Surveying I
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Theory (co-op option only
Co-op Work-Term
Semester 3
Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology
Environmental Chemistry
Soil Science and Geomechanic Principles
Environmental Statistics
Surveying II
General Education Option
Co-op Professional Practice (co-op option only)
Semester 4
Environmental Law and Regulations
Environmental GIS
Environmental Hydrology
Applied Hydraulics for Environmental Technology
Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation
Effective Technical Writing
General Education Option
Co-op Work-Term
Semester 5
Environmental Project Management
Engineering Technical Report Writing I
Advanced Environmental GIS
Landscape Practices
Fundamentals of Water Resources Modelling
Semester 6
Advanced Modelling Applications
Engineering Technical Report Writing II
Municipal Engineering Systems
Professional Practices and Ethics
Water Management Systems Design

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
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: Mahipal Jadeja
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Co-op Coordinator: Ian MacLeod
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22361
Program Chair: Miguel Lameiro
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22737
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