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Environmental Technology

Open for Fall 2018

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Protect, conserve and preserve the environment with a career as an environmental technologist, working in government or industries such as transportation, water treatment or chemical manufacturers. Courses cover sampling, site reclamation, waste management and more.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,218
Year 2: $5,218
Year 1 (International): $16,302
Year 2 (International): $16,302

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change


You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.  

When can you apply?

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Applications for fall 2018 open Oct. 18, 2017.
TermProgram start
Fall 2018 Sept. 4, 2018

Program Details

Program Description

Want a career that really makes a difference? The Environmental Technology program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the lab or the field. As an Environmental Technologist you'll work in the protection, conservation, and preservation of our natural environment. Many graduates go on to complete their bachelor's degree at Royal Roads University.

Your Career

Graduates of this program find work in environmental protection, conservation and preservation of natural resources, and environmental education, communication and research. More specific fields include utility and mining companies, chemical manufacturers, steel makers, transportation, industry, federal/provincial government departments, municipalities, education institutions, wastewater management, water treatment, research and health care centers, environmental interest groups and industry associations.

Student Success

Students with higher grades and recent upgrading in Math 30 (Pure Math) and Chemistry 30 will experience more success in SAIT's programs.

Additionally, students who experience success in this program have good work ethics and communication skills.


After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Environmental Technology.


This program will be accredited in the future. Please contact the MacPhail School of Energy for more information. Graduates are eligible for membership in the following professional associations:

  • Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET)
  • ECO Canada
  • Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC)

Transfer Options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Applications are accepted until the program start date.
  • Fall 2018 start: applications open Oct. 18, 2017.

Admission Requirements

Completion of the following courses or equivalents:

  • At least 60% in Math 30-1 or Pure Math 30,
  • At least 50% in English Language Arts 30-1, or at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-2,
  • At least 60% in Chemistry 30.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Direct Entry: Four Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Apply to Environmental Technology and submit your transcripts and/or anticipated final grades.

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Find out how to monitor your application status after you apply.


Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
MATH-237 Math for Technologists 3.0
BIOL-201 Biology/Field Ecology 1.5
CHEM-213 Chemistry and the Environment 3.0
CHEM-276 Analytical Laboratory Skills 1.5
COMM-238 Technical Communications I 3.0
COMP-261 MS Office: An Introduction 1.5
ENVS-222 Introduction to Environmental Organic Chemistry 1.5
Semester 1 Total 15.0


Semester 2 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ENVS-252 Environmental/Health & Risk Assessment 1.5
ENVS-251 Air Sampling & Monitoring 1.5
ENVS-254 Remote Sensing - Introduction 1.5
ENVS-260 Environmental Chemistry I 1.5
ENVS-344 Geographical Communications 3.0
GEOL-230 Geology 1.5
ENVS-250 Field Safety 1.5
ENVS-219 Industrial Process and Control - Environment 1.5
COMM-270 Environment Risk Communication 1.5
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3 - Fall

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
DATA-201 Data Interpretation 1.5
ENVS-303 Environmental Audits & Management Systems 1.5
ENVS-229 Environmental Law & Regulation 1.5
ENVS-236 Ecosystems and Environmental Impact Assessments 1.5
ENVS-304 Environmental Sampling & Analysis 3.0
ENVS-360 Environmental Chemistry II 1.5
ENVS-330 Environmental Field School 3.0
ENVS-300 Site Reclamation 1.5
Semester 3 Total 15.0


Semester 4 - Winter

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
ENVS-361 Environmental Project Management 1.5
ENVS-358 Solid Waste Management 1.5
ENVS-359 Water/Wastewater Treatment 1.5
ENVS-343 Water/Wastewater Treatment Lab 3.0
ENVS-375 Environmental Microbiology 1.5
ENVS-364 Sustainable Environmental Analysis 1.5
ENVS-354 Sustainable Urban Design 1.5
GEOL-350 Hydrology/Hydrogeology 1.5
PROJ-367 Environment Practicum 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
Program Total 60.0
Non-credit certification in the following courses: H2S Alive WHMIS, Ground Disturbance, Confined Space.


Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.


Domestic Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,255 $440 $523 $5,218
2 $4,255 $440 $523 $5,218

International Tuition and Fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $15,339 $440 $523 $16,302
2 $15,339 $440 $523 $16,302


Campus Athletic and Recreation Fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association Fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and Supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,800 per year.

Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

MacPhail School of Energy

Inspiring Stories

The broad base of knowledge offered through the program gives graduates an opportunity to pick any one of a number of trades for their careers, says Andrew.

JennaLee was looking to expand her career opportunities and knew SAIT's applied instruction would widen her prospects. What she wasn't expecting was to be so inspired, but her instructors, who are heavily involved in developing the courses, did just that.

Andrew Wilkinson
Environmental Technology | 2016

“We have a large base of knowledge. The things I learned in the last two years is more than my 26 years in total,” he says.

JennaLee Seitz
Environmental Technology | 2012

"My instructors were amazing and passionate."

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