Applied Environmental Technology

Environmental technologist working at a dam

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

Program Summary

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.

Environmental technologist working at a dam


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.