Environmental Technology Co-op Diploma

Program OverviewAdmission Requirements Tuition and FeesProgram Structure Potential Pathways  Faculty and Staff Future Career Options Alumni Testimonial 

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 to transfer into 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.

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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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 103 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
SPCH 207 Developing Professional Speaking Skills 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. 

 

environmental technology coop diploma pathways after graudation: envt science micro credentials, degree at university of lethbridge, or directly to the workforce

Potential Pathways

Graduates of this program are eligible to;

 

 

Meet the Faculty and Staff

Dr. Marie-France Jones - Chair & Instructor, University Studies & ENVT

marie-france jonesDr. Marie-France Jones 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. Her areas of discipline are soil science, land reclamation, and GIS.

Dr. Jones's research interests include; Soil formation and classification, soil water interactions, effects of heavy operations on soil quality and productivity, soils and hydrology mapping.

 

 

Contact Information:

marie-france.jones@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-8957

Dr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki - University Studies Instructor

REZADr. Reza Ashouri-Talooki holds an MPPA, and Ph.D., and joined the Keyano College faculty in 2022. His areas of discipline are communications, literature, policy and politics. Prior to joining the Keyano team, Dr. Ashouri-Talooki taught and developed courses (English, Communications, Political Science) in both Secondary Schools, and Post-Secondary Schools. He has experience analyzing public policies, as well as extensive experience in both administrative, policy, and research for government organizations. 

 

His research interests include; post-colonial literature, migration literature, media studies, and politics/policy analysis. 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

reza.ashouri-talooki@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4836

 Dr. Robert Changirwa - University Studies Instructor

Robert ChangirwaDr. Robert Changirwa 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). His areas of discipline are mechanical engineering, mining engineering, and statistics.

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.

His research interests include; engineering design, hydrocyclone hydrodynamics, and slurry pipelines.

 

Contact Information:

robert.changirwa@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4940

 

 

 Kory Cheshire, MA - University Studies Instructor

Kory CheshireKory began teaching at Keyano in September 2020 and her areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. 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. Kory's areas of discipline are sociology and interdisciplinary studies. 

Her research interests include; inequality and social problems, and criminal justice.

 

Contact Information:

kory.cheshire@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-4813

 

 Dr. Ryan J. Cox - University Studies Instructor

ryan coxDr. Ryan Cox joined the Keyano College Faculty in 2012. He holds a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Creative Writing (Windsor), an MA in English: Creative Writing (Windsor), and a Ph.D. in English (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.

His areas of discipline are English Literature, Creative Writing, Film, Television, and Screen Media, Canadian Literature and Culture, Indigenous Literatures of Turtle Island, Popular Culture and Cultural Studies, as well as Poetry and Poetics.  

Research interests include; Nation and national identity, professional wrestling, experimental poetics and the Canadian Avant Garde, and identity and its construction. 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

ryan.cox@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4837

 

 

Dr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers - University Studies Instructor

Jean-Pierre De VilliersDr. Jean-Pierre De Villiers is an instructor in the University Studies department at Keyano College. He holds a PhD in P. Eng., and his areas of discipline are physics, computing and engineering mechanics. Prior to joining the faculty of Keyano College, Dr. De Villiers worked at Saint Mary's University, University of Virginia, and the University of Calgary completing postdoctoral research.

His research interests include numerical relativity, black hole accretion, and machine learning. 

 

Contact Information:

jeanpierre.devillier@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4832

 

Dr. Blaine Legaree - University Studies Instructor

Blaine LegareeDr. Blaine Legaree is a biology instructor at Keyano College, and his passion includes all things about microbes and molecules. His area of discipline include microbiology, biochemistry, cellular biology, and nutrition. 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.

Prior to his time at Keyano College, Dr. Legaree was a Laboratory Technician at Western University, a Teaching Assistant at the University of Guelph, and completed Postdoctoral research at the University of Guelph. 

His research interests include; infectious diseases, biosynthesis of the bacterial cell wall, history of science, social media and higher education.

 

Contact Information:

blaine.legaree@keyano.ca

+1-780-792-5616

 

Dr. Matthew Morin - University Studies Instructor 

Dr. Matthew Morin 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. His area of discipline is mathematics. 

Believing that mathematics is a vital tool everyone needs, Dr. Morin 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.

His research interests include; math education, and combinatorics.

 

Contact Information:

matthew.morin@keyano.ca 

+1-780-791-4831

Dr. Sorin Nita - University Studies Instructor

Sorin NitaDr. Sorin Nita 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, with his area of discipline being chemistry. 

Prior to coming to Fort McMurray, Dr. Nita completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Chemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. When he is not teaching, Dr. Nita is a dedicated supporter of the local visual and performing arts community.

His research interests include; atomic force microscopy, organic spectroscopy, computational chemistry, and chemical education. 

 

 

 

Contact information:

sorin.nita@keyano.ca

+1-780-715-3924

 Dr. Tamar Richards-Thomas - University Studies Instructor

Tamar Richards ThomasDr. Tamar Richards-Thomas 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.

Dr. Richards-Thomas's areas of discipline are computing, climate change, earth and atmospheric science, and physics.  Her research interests include; air quality and pollution, hydrometeorology, climatology, and fluid dynamics.  

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

tamar.richardsthomas@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4822

 Dr. David Smith - Environmental Studies Instructor

David SmithDr. David Smith joined the department in 2008 and is an instructor in both 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 a B.Sc in Wildlife Management (Maine), M.Sc in Botany (Alberta), and Ph.D. in Plant Ecology (Saskatchewan). 

Prior to his time at Keyano, he worked as a wildlife biologist at the University of Maine, a Botanist at Brandon University, Grassland Ecology at University of Nebraska, and in the Reindeer Herding Faculty at the University of Alaska. Dr. Smith's areas of discipline are ecology, wildlife management, botany, biology, and forestry. 

His research interests include; plant/animal interactions, anthropogenic change in ecosystems, boreal, arctic and grassland ecology. 

 

Contact Information:

david.smith@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4997

 Dr. Mark Young - Philosophy and Political Science Instructor

Mark YoungDr. Mark Young joined the Keyano College faculty in 2014 and is an instructor in the University Studies department. Dr. Young 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, Dr. Young taught at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, Red Deer College, and Lakehead University. His areas of discipline are philosophy and political science. 

His research interests include: political theory, and epistemic agency. 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:

mark.young@keyano.ca

+1-780-791-4825

 Staff and Additional Faculty - University Studies

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.

 

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