Applied Environmental Technology

2 Academic years  |  65 Weeks  |  1300 Total Hrs  1100 Theory Hrs  |  200 Hrs Field Practicum

Program Summary

Applied Environmental Technology

Bay River College’s two-year Applied Environmental Technology diploma program provides training in applied techniques to assess issues of environmental contamination in soil, groundwater and air, along with practical solutions to remediate and mitigate the contamination issues. The program offers an overview of air and noise pollution, water and wastewater treatment, solid waste management and in-depth techniques on environmental site characterization, soil and groundwater contamination assessment, risk assessment and management and remediation of soil and groundwater.

The Applied Environmental Technology program also details field investigation methods for site characterization and offers field modules to observe different drilling and sampling techniques in real-world circumstances. Regulatory framework and environmental management aspects are also covered, providing students insight on the regulatory frameworks of Alberta, Canada and the United States of America.

The program includes courses in applied computer techniques and software related to environmental management, such as GIS and remote sensing. The first few weeks of the program involve courses designed to provide strong foundations for later advanced technical modules, including applied chemical processes in the environment, applied mathematics and computer techniques.


Career Opportunities

Applied Environmental Technology diploma program students complete their education with 200 hours of practicum experience.

Successful graduates of the Applied Environmental Technology diploma program draw on broad scientific knowledge and technical skills to work on projects that assess, remediate and mitigate environmental contaminates. You may be involved in field inspections and investigations of contamination, monitoring compliance with government environmental regulations, and operating pollution control or treatment equipment.

Related careers include: chemical engineering technologist, petroleum engineering technologist, geological and geophysical technologist, hydrometric technicians, and pollution control specialists. 


Why Choose Applied Environmental Technology Diploma. 

This course will make our students highly trained to work as professional environmental scientist. Our course teaches students different method of sample collecting. They will be given exposure to all types of media such as air land and water. They will be taught about the pollution of air, land and water. The course offers an overview of air and noise pollution, water and waste water treatment, solid waste management and provides in depth techniques on environmental site characterization, soil and groundwater contamination assessment, risk assessment and remediation of soil and groundwater. The software that is essential for data collecting and assessing will be learned. Terminologies such as geophysical techniques and geological mapping will be properly explained. Methods to control contamination and pollution of air and land will be included in the course as well as the methods of waste water maintenance.


Standard Admission:

  • Optimum age requirement is 18 years or older.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent, or
  • High School Diploma equivalent will be from other provinces in Canada, or
  • Successful completion of the bayriver College Admission Test (Wonderlic Test) minimum score required (310) on verbal skills exam, or
  • A Canadian Language Bench mark 5 or equivalent (TOFEL, IELTS)
  • Successful entrance interview with bayriver College Administration
  • High school diploma will be verified by diploma and/or transcripts.

Mature Admission:

  • Minimum age requirement of 18 years or older.
  • Have been out of school for two years.
  • High School Diploma or equivalent, or
  • High School Diploma equivalent will be from other provinces in Canada, or
  • Successful completion of the bayriver College Admission Test (Wonderlic Test), or
  • A Canadian Language Bench mark 5 or equivalent (TOFEL, IELTS)
  • Successful entrance interview with bayriverCollege Administratio
  • High school diploma will be verified by diploma and/or transcripts. All students must have 3 -6 months previous experience in the hospitality industry.

Course Description

With the rapid growth of human activities on the planet industrialization has its own advantages and disadvantages. The biggest disadvantage of industrialization is its toxic waste as well as no proper management to dispose the toxic waste. It has been dumped in our oceans directly with our any treatment contaminating the water and destroying the marine life as well as the life on land.  Students will learn about these contaminations and how to control the pollution. Terms like environment, ecosystem environmental impacts pollutant contaminant, hazardous waste contaminants will be discussed.  Overview of common contaminant compounds will be given.

This module will give you the core knowledge about chemistry, mathematics, geology and earth processes. Applied chemistry module will give you the understanding of all the oxidation reduction chemical reactions that are taking place in this planet, the degradation of organic pollutants and the consequences of different biogeochemical reactions that result in pollutants.

A general introductory lecture will be conducted for non-geologists to understand the different types of matter present on earth such as rocks, soil, sand in land and sea water, lake water, puddles, rivers etc in water. Landscape evaluations such as landscaping, earthquakes and plate tectonics will be discussed in this module as well. Some of the advanced software’s may be covered under the technical modules, however basics will be taught in the first semester. Mathematics will be covered according to the criteria of the modules. It will be limited to the concepts of the course. Students will be trained to use computer for the Microsoft word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Atmosphere is a very important topic in the study of environmental sciences. The study of atmosphere is almost applied on all studies related to earth such as geology, ecology, forestry and agriculture. The topics like green house gases and their impact on earth. We will discuss the climate change and how it is affecting life on earth by natural disaster.

OUR motive in this course is to teach our student the standards set by the Canadian government fir air and noise level. They will learn about the sources of this type of pollution and effect of this pollution on the life on earth. Students will learn how to collect samples than monitor them to help minimize the emission of such pollution. Indoor noise pollution will also be discussed in this course

This module will help our students understand Geographic information system so that they can analyze the satellite date through computer generation of maps. Our student will be taught to use instrument and techniques to learn the basic environmental variables using images as well as interpreting the remote sensing images to improve the quality of life on earth.

Geophysical techniques such as gravimetric, geomagnetic, environmental magnetism, geo-electrics, electro-magnetic, ground penetrating radar, seismic and tomography methods will be a part of the course. The student will be given near to real site ares to survey such techniques practically. They will learn all the safty methods to conduct a geo-physical survey.

In this course the students will learn about the assessment of the site are that includes a systematic process of predicting and evaluating the consequences of industrial activities on the environment. Student will be taught to evaluate the impact of industrialization in the past and to predict the future consequences of phase I ESA. Alberta’s regulatory frame work will discuss. Site characterization including designing and installation of monitoring well network, monitoring and sampling soil and groundwater, analysis of samples specific to the potential contaminants at the site etc. will be part of the Phase II ESA learning material. Field technique module will help the student to learn the application of new technologies, plans, and policies that will have a better impact on the polluted sites. Sampling and data collection will also be discussed.

Observing monitoring well drilling and installation with small solid stem auger rig, soil and groundwater monitoring and sampling, storing, labeling and transporting sampling to laboratory will be the topics of discussion in this module. The main reason of this module is to give our students the understanding that contaminated site and contaminants must be identified with respect to the geologic and hydro geologic characteristics of the site. All the methods to evaluate the site will be taught. The students will practically witness the site of contamination as a part of field work. They will be taken to drilling shops to observe drilling

This module will teach our students to assess the characteristics of the surface water and groundwater flow and how they influence the physical and chemical transport of contaminants. Most of the ground water in contaminated and need to clean up. Our students will learn about hydrologic cycle, they will identify different types of aquifers with their properties, slug test and pumping test to help change the quality of the contaminated water and make it better for reuse. Our students will have the basic knowledge to operate software.

Our students will learn Water well construction and pumping test techniques to determine the efficiency of the well so that he aquifer is not exploited to more than its capacity and do not draw contaminated surface water or shallow groundwater to source well. They will practically visit a well shop to observe how the well is drilled keeping in mind all the precautionary measures.

Our module covers physical, chemical, and biological processes, including sedimentation, filtration, biological treatment, disinfection, and sludge processing to treat water and water waste. Knowledge about conceptual and theoretically designed municipal treatment plant for water and waste water will be discussed. The main idea for this module is to teach student to protect water quality with an emphasis on fundamental principles of water and waste water treatment.

Our earth is facing many problems due to the lack of management of solid waste. The student will learn about the sources of waste production, types of waste production and how this waste can be decomposed or reused. They will learn the rules regulations applied by the government to improve the management of solid waste. Topics like protection of water resources and environment. Potential contaminations from landfills, leach ate fate, attenuation and treatment, risk assessment of landfills will also be a part of this module.

This module will cover topic related to law, rules an regulations made by the government to improve the environmental status. Laws like , local laws related to environmental impact assessments, endangered species protection, release of toxic substances, water pollution, and industrial activates will be discussed in this module. Student will learn how to audit such laws.

Contaminant hydrogeology is a very important topic to be covered in this course as most of the ground water is already contaminated and we need to clean it. Students will learn to assess the extent of contamination and how to treat it. They will be taught to protect water from further contamination. This module will cover topics like theories and concepts to control potential risks and strategies to clean the water


Remediation is a process that helps removing the degraded contaminants from the site. It is important when a site exceeds the level of contamination.  This module will teach the students different methods of remediation such as Land filling (solid waste), Land farm, and Surface lagoon or tank (liquid waste) etc

When a contaminated site is cleaned, it is reclaimed to its original condition. This module will teach our student how to make the status of a site to a reclaimed site under the rules and regulations of Alberta.

As the population on the earth is increasing, the natural resources are getting short. As we all know that earth’s resources are limited in quantity and are being consumed very rapidly at an alarming rate, there is a concern that all of the resources will be consumed, perhaps there will be nothing left for future. This module will cover the latest technologies developed in renewable energy, sustainable development and best practices in environmental management and resources use that will give a better impact on the environment and make this planet a better place to live.

This module is included in the course so the student would learn how to write a technical report. They will understand the things that should be kept in mind before writing a technical report. A report should be made in such a way that the information is delivered to the concerned authorities in a effective manner. A technical report comprises of the environmental findings, assessments, interpretation and conclusions.

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Applied Environmental Technology . Diploma.