Environmental Technology Co-op Diploma

Program OverviewAdmission RequirementsProgram Structure Potential Pathways  Faculty and Staff Future Career Options Alumni Testimonial Tuition and Fees

Program Overview

Start your new career in the exciting and rewarding field of Environmental Technology. Students are educated to national standards in environmental areas related to the natural resource sector, focusing on the oil sands and related Alberta industries. Areas of study include biology, chemistry, ecology, soil science, environmental law, geotechnical procedures, Geographic Information Systems, water quality, wildlife management, and land reclamation within forestry, mining, and oil sands operations.

The program also features a summer work term to provide students with valuable work experience in the region. Graduates of this program are qualified to enter the workforce directly or continue their studies in year 3 of a degree in Environmental Sciences at the University of Lethbridge. The Environmental Technology program begins a new intake every September and January.

Part-time students are also welcome. 

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Admission requirements

Applicants must possess an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent with:

  • English 30-1
  • Math 30-1
  • Chemistry 30
  • Biology 30

Mature students (Have been out of school for at least three consecutive years, or are at least 21 years of age by the first day of class)

  • Completing the required courses above; or
  • Receiving a pass mark on the College Entrance Assessment if you're missing the required English and Math courses.

Please speak to an academic advisor for more information.

English Language Proficiency

You must have:

  • TOEFL: iBT with a minimum score of 79 with no score below 19
  • IELTS with a minimum score of 6.0
  • CAEL with a minimum score of 60
  • MELAB with a minimum score of 80

See our Credit Calendar for other ways that you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirements.

Program structure

 Program Structure
 
Course Code Course Title Credits

Year 1: Term I 

15
BIOL 108 An Introduction to Biodiversity 3
CHEM 101 Introductory University Chemistry I 3
EAS 100 Planet Earth 3
ENVT 170 Animal Identification 3
STAT 151 Introduction to Applied Statistics I  3
Year 1: Term II  15
ENVT 163 Water Quality 3
ENVT 165 Geotechnical Sampling & Instrumentation 3
ENVT 268 Resource Exploitation - Oil, Gas, Bitumen & Mining 3
GEOG 105 Introduction to Mapping, GPS, Remote Sensing, and GIS 3
WRITE 105 Scientific Writing 3
Year 1: Term III  9
ENVT 220 Co-op Work Term 9
Year 2: Term I  12
BIOL 208 Principles of Ecology 3
ENVT 252 Regional Plant Identification 3
SOILS 210 Introduction to Soil Science And Soil Resources 3
STATS 151 Introduction to Applied Statistics I 3
Year 2: Term II  12
ENVT 262 Environmental Laws, Guidelines, Regulations & Land Rights 3
ENVT 265 Forest Technology 3
ENVT 266 Land Reclamation 3
ENVT 270 Wildlife Management and Conservation 3
Field Trips/Outdoor Laboratories
The Environmental Technology courses involve local field trips and outdoor laboratory classes within the Fort McMurray area during class hours. 

 

Potential Pathways

Graduates of this program are qualified to;

 

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Marie-France Jones - Chair and Instructor, University Studies & Environmental Technology

Marie-France joined the Keyano College faculty in 2019 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science programs (Environmental Technology and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science). She has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Environmental Management and a Masters of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick. She has also received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Forestry, focusing on temporally mapping the effects of heavy machinery on soil quality. Prior to teaching at Keyano, Marie-France had over ten years of research in soil hydrology and geospatial and statistical analysis.


Research interests:
Soil formation and classification; Soil water interactions; Effects of heavy operations on soil quality and productivity; Soils and hydrology mapping.

Publications:
Jones, M.-F., Arp, P. 2019. Soil trafficability forecasting. Open Journal of Forestry. 9, 296-322.

Jones, M.-F., Arp, P. 2019. Analyzing and Projecting Soil Moisture and Cone Penetrability Variations in Forest Soils. Open Journal of Forestry. 9, 109-142.

Jones, M.-F., Castonguay, M., Jaeger, D., Arp, P. 2018. Track-monitoring and analyzing machine clearance during wood forwarding. Open Journal of Forestry. 8, 297-327.

 

For more publications, visit Dr. Jones’s Google Scholar page.

 Robert Changirwa - University Studies Instructor

Robert ChangirwaRobert joined the Keyano College faculty in 2018 and is an Engineering Instructor in the School of University Studies. He is a Professional Engineer (PEng) and a Project Management Professional (APMP). His academic background includes a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (University of Nairobi), a MASc in Engineering (Dalhousie University) and a Ph.D. in Engineering (Dalhousie University).

 

Currently, he is teaching university transfer courses, including Engineering Mechanics (Statics), Engineering Dynamics, and Engineering Design and Communication. Prior to teaching, Robert worked at Syncrude Research Centre (Edmonton) and recently at Shell Albians Sands (Fort McMurray), holding progressively more challenging positions from Plant Engineer to Project Team Lead. He is equipped with 30 years of diverse experience, including 15 years of post-secondary teaching and 15 years in the oil sands industry.

 

Selected Publications:
1. Frimpong, S., Changirwa, R.M.M., Asa, E. and Szymanski, J., "Mechanics of Oil Sands Slurry Flow in a Flexible Pipeline System"; International Journal of Surface Mining, Vol.16, No.2, pp. 105-12, 2002.
2. Changirwa, R.M.M., Rockwell, M.C., Frimpong, S., and Szymanski, J., "Hybrid Simulation Oil-Solids-Water Separation in Oil Sands Production"; Journal of Minerals Eng., Vol. 12, No. 12, p1459-68, 1999.
3. Changirwa, R.M.M., Rockwell, M.C. and Mutua, D.K., “Mathematical Modelling Multiple-Cone Concurrent Three-Phase (CTP) Hydrocyclone Separation System"; Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, Vol. 38, No. 13, 1999.
4. Mutua, D.K. and Changirwa, R.M.M., "A Computer Simulation Model of a Horizontal Wellbore Cleaning Using a TAD Jets System"; Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology Vol. 38, No. 13, 1999.
5. Changirwa, R.M.M., Frimpong, S., and Szymanski, J., "Intelligent Economic Model for Slurry Treatment in a Vortex Separator"; Journal of Mineral Resources Engineering; Imperial College, UK, 1999.

 Kory Cheshire - University Studies Instructor

Kory CheshireKory began teaching at Keyano in September 2020 and is currently teaching within the University Studies department, specifically the sociology courses. Kory attended Oregon State University for six years, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.

During that time, she also graduated with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies, with her disciplines being Sociology, Education and Adult & Higher Education. While at Oregon State University, Kory was a member of the Women’s Volleyball program, she went on to play professionally in Switzerland and now continues to help coach the Keyano’s Women’s Volleyball team.

 Ryan J. Cox - University Studies Instructor

picture of manRyan has taught English and Film at Keyano College since 2012. He holds a BA and an MA n Creative Writing from the University of Windsor and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. His doctoral dissertation, “Premonition of a Future Line We Will Be Writing: Politics, Language and Identity in English Canadian Experimental Poetry,” focused on the role Avant Garde poetics played in the formation of a Canadian national identity.

Ryan has been an active member of the college community, contributing his time and expertise to a number of projects. This has notably included serving as the Chair of the Keyano College University Studies Conference Steering Committee, and collaborating with Wood Buffalo Public Library and Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo to bring creative writing instruction to the region's youth. Ryan is also an active poet whose work has appeared in The Windsor Review, Carousel, and Arc Poetry Magazine. He also regularly contributes book reviews to Prairie Fire, and his critical writing has appeared in English Studies in Canada and Canadian Literature.

 

Research interests:

Poetics, Identity, Nation, Popular Culture, the Cyborg

Selected publications:

"Kusanagi’s Body: Dualism and the Performance of Identity in Ghost in the Shell and Stand Alone Complex," Cyberpunk and Visual Culture
“Travelling Matt’s Adventures in Outer Space: Fraggle Rock and Post-Structuralism,” Jim Henson and Philosophy
“H3R3 1 4M: A Review of From Oral to Written by Tomson Highway and Full-Metal Indigiqueer by Joshua Whitehead,” Canadian Literature

Blaine Legaree, PhD - University Studies Instructor

Blaine LegareeBlaine is a biology instructor at Keyano College, and his passion includes all things about microbes and molecules. During his Ph.D., he investigated the biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall and the site of action of the antibiotic penicillin. Blaine’s other interests include the biology of infectious organisms, biochemistry, biotechnology, environmental health, and the history of science.


Research interests:
Legaree, B.A. (2018 submitted) Risk Exposure, Pathogens and Disease. Sustainable Planet, ed. B. McNicol. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA
Legaree, B.A. (2018 submitted) Canada: The Growing Prevalence of Lyme Disease and West Nile Virus. Sustainable Planet, ed. B. McNicol. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, CA
Legaree, B.A. (2015) Considering the changing face of social media in higher education. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 362. doi: 10.1093/femsle/fnv128

Matthew Morin - University Studies Instructor 

Matthew has been part of Keyano’s instructional staff since Fall 2012, teaching mathematic courses for students in the Engineering transfer program, Bachelor of Education program, Environmental Technology diploma, and Bachelor of Environmental Science program. 

Believing that mathematics is a vital tool everyone needs, Matthew brings recreational math activities to the Fort McMurray community through public lectures, an annual Math Fair, and acting as the local coordinator for the Canadian Math Kangaroo Contest.

Sorin Nita - University Studies Instructor
Sorin NitaSorin joined the Keyano College faculty in 2008 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. He is very passionate about teaching Introductory University Chemistry and Organic Chemistry to our students. Prior to coming to Fort McMurray, Sorin completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. When he is not teaching, Sorin is a dedicated supporter of the local visual and performing arts community.
 Dr. Tamar Richards-Thomas - University Studies Instructor

Tamar joined the Keyano College faculty in 2020 and is an instructor in the Environmental Science and University Studies programs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics (honours) from the University of the West Indies, a Master of Science in Earth and Atmospheric Science from the University of Alberta, and completed her Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental and Life Sciences at Trent University. She is also a certified teacher, specializing in Senior Mathematics, Physics, and Environmental Science.

 

Tamar teaches environmental science courses, including climate change and advanced air quality and monitoring, and university transfer courses, including physics and computer science.  

 

Selected Publications: 

Richards‐Thomas, T., McKenna‐Neuman, C., & Power, I. M. (2021). Particle‐scale characterization of volcaniclastic dust sources within Iceland. Sedimentology, 68(3), 1137-1158. Richards‐Thomas, T., & McKenna‐Neuman, C. (2020). Wind Tunnel‐Based Comparison of PM10 Emission Rates for Volcanic Ash and Glaciogenic Aerosol Sources Within Iceland. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres125(24), e2020JD033392. Richards‐Thomas, T., & McKenna‐Neuman, C. (2020). Laboratory investigation of particle‐scale factors affecting the settling velocity of volcaniclastic dust. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres125(17), e2020JD032660. Richards, T. S., Aubourg, Q., & Sutherland, B. R. (2014). Radial intrusions from turbulent plumes in uniform stratification. Physics of Fluids, 26(3), 036602. For more publications, visit Dr. Richards-Thomas’s ResearchGate page

 David Smith - Environmental Studies Instructor

David SmithDavid joined the department in 2008 and is an instructor in University Studies and Environmental Sciences. He teaches a wide variety of courses in natural and applied sciences in addition to mentoring student research and performing community service. David has degrees in Wildlife Management (B.Sc.) (Maine), Botany (M.Sc.) (Alberta), and Plant Ecology (Ph.D.) (Saskatchewan). 


Research interests:
Anthropogenic effects on ecosystem structure and function and plant/animal interactions in the arctic, boreal, and grassland environments.

 Mark Young, Ph.D. - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor

Mark YoungMark joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts, Specialist in Philosophy, from Brandon University, a Master of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Regina, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa. Before coming to Keyano College, Mark taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Red Deer College, and Lakehead University. 

 

Research interests: Areas of research interest include political theory and epistemic agency. Areas of teaching interest include politics, ethics, epistemology, ancient philosophy, critical thinking, and Indigenous philosophy. 

 Staff

Emily Bobbett - Laboratory Aide

Karli Matthews - Laboratory Aide

Chrissi A Sheppard - Laboratory Technician 

Jamie Wiseman - Laboratory Aide

Future Career Options

Graduates may pursue job opportunities in: 

  • Environmental protection 
  • Conservation and preservation of natural resources 
  • Environmental education 
  • Communication and research 

Potential employers include: 

  • Utility and mining companies 
  • Chemical manufacturers 
  • Transportation 
  • Government 
  • Education 
  • Wastewater management/water treatment 
  • Research and healthcare centres  
  • Environmental interest groups 

 

Alumni Testimonial

Learn about Aaron's experience in the Environmental Technology Co-op Diploma program.

 

Tuition and fees

Year 1 - Full Time Fees for 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 1 - Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,045.00 $2,045.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $406.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,450.92 ***$2,450.92
Total Cost Per Year   $4,901.84
Year 1 - International Full Time Fees 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 1 - International Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,135.00 $6,135.00
Campus Rec Fee   $65.00   $65.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,540.92

***$6,540.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$13,081.84

Year 1 - Summer 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

Year 1 - Summer Fees   Domestic Students International Students
Tuition $200.00 $600.00
Campus Rec Fee   $65.00   $65.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Full Time Fees $479.92 $879.92
Year 2 - Full Time Fees for 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 2 - Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,045.00 $2,045.00
Campus Rec Fee $65.00 $65.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $406.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,450.92 ***$2,450.92
Total Cost Per Year   $4,901.84
Year 2 - International Full Time Fees 2022-2023

Please note the 2022-2023 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 2 - International Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,135.00 $6,135.00
Campus Rec Fee   $65.00   $65.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $85.00 $85.00
Total Fees $405.92 $405.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,540.92

***$6,540.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$13,081.84

Year 1 - Full Time Fees for 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 1 - Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,090.00 $2,090.00
Campus Rec Fee $70.00 $70.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,510.92 ***$2,510.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,021.84
Year 1 - International Full Time Fees for 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 1 - International Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,270.00 $6,270.00
Campus Rec Fee   $70.00   $6705.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,690.92

***$6,690.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$13,381.84

Year 1 - Summer 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

Year 1 - Summer Fees   Domestic Students International Students
Tuition $200.00 $600.00
Campus Rec Fee   $70.00   $70.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Full Time Fees $494.92 $894.92
Year 2 - Full Time Fees for 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 2 - Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition $2,090.00 $2,090.00
Campus Rec Fee $70.00 $70.00
Health & Dental Fee *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees ***$2,510.92 ***$2,510.92
Total Cost Per Year   $5,021.84
Year 2 - International Full Time Fees for 2023-2024

Please note the 2023-2024 fees are pending sign off from the Government of Alberta as per the Tuition Fee Regulation.

 Year 2 - International Full Time Fees  Fall Winter
Tuition  $6,270.00 $6,270.00
Campus Rec Fee   $70.00   $6705.00
Health & Dental *$126.00 *$126.00
Student Association Building Fee $17.92 $17.92
Student Association Fee $112.00 $112.00
Technology Fee $95.00 $95.00
Total Fees $420.92 $420.92
Total Tuition & Fees

***$6,690.92

***$6,690.92

Total Cost Per Year  

$13,381.84

Please note, these estimates are based on 100% enrollment for all semesters and do not include mandatory laboratory fees. Laboratory fees can range from $31- $122 for 2022-2023 and $32-$125 for 2023-2024.

* Students will be charged a medical/dental benefit fee unless they opt out by demonstrating alternative coverage - deadlines can be found at StudentCare website
** These programs have a mandatory Spring semester if students intend to graduate on time.
*** Tuition is due 10 business days before the start of each semester.

For more information view the Keyano College Credit Calendar.

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For Further Information please contact the Chair of University Studies and Environmental Technology by email or phone 780-791-8957.