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Environmental Technician - Sampling and Monitoring

Environmental Technician - Sampling and Monitoring

Program Code:ESM
Campus:Newnham
Duration:4 Semesters (16 Months Consecutive)
Offered:
Next Available Start:Currently not offered
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

Environmental Technician – Sampling and Monitoring (ESM) is an intensive 16 month diploma program geared to individuals with an interest in environmental sampling, monitoring, data collection and analysis. Graduates of ESM are well rounded environmental practitioners with a wide range of quantitative and qualitative skills making them desirable hires in the diverse environmental sector.

The core of the program is dedicated to experiential learning in the field, utilizing Seneca’s 700–acre living laboratory on the provincially significant Oak Ridges Moraine. The property allows for extensive monitoring and sampling activities (soil, air and water) that reflects real environmental projects.

You will be well versed in field skills (terrestrial/aquatic ecology and identification), as well as laboratory skills (chemistry, hydrology and toxicology). The program has a critical focus on ecological methods deemed necessary by employers today. You will have the opportunity to work towards multiple industry certifications and are provided with networking opportunities through our industry partners.

This program utilizes both Newnham and King campuses and you will be expected to secure your own transportation.

Pathways exist to other programs such as Environmental Technology and Project Management – Environmental among others.

Outdoor Skills Development

Skills such as canoeing, hiking, navigation, field safety, group management, backcountry travel and first aid are a priority in the program. During semester two, you will participate in the mandatory Outdoor Skills Development (OSD) workshop, a week–long immersion study in outdoor techniques and skills. The workshop includes an overnight woodland experience.

In semester four, you will have the option of choosing to fulfil some of your final program evaluations in the field during a week–long trip. In this week, you will choose an area of specialization and plan, execute and report on a sampling or monitor project of your own design.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(C) or ENG4(U)
    • Grade 12 Mathematics: (C) or (U) or Grade 11 Mathematics: MCR3(U)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s) or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

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Your Career

Take your love of the outdoors to the next level. Turn your passion for the environment into a responsible and sustainable career. Your hands-on training will make you field–ready for a number of entry-level positions including environmental technician, environmental specialist, junior environmental scientist, field technician (air/ water/soil) and environmental co-ordinator. Numerous other opportunities exist within the fields of natural science research, stewardship and public education. Find work with government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal), conservation authorities, environmental consulting firms, non-profit organizations and organizations dedicated to environmental education and public outreach.

Travel

ESM lectures are held primarily at Newnham Campus with fieldwork focused at King Campus. Some field days are scheduled in the winter term with the majority of fieldwork occurring in spring, summer, and to a lesser extent the fall. Transportation to both King and Newnham campuses for scheduled classes is the responsibility of the ESM student. A Seneca shuttle bus runs between campuses from September to April, please see the shuttle bus schedule, and may run in the spring and summer months depending on college scheduling. Please also visit Seneca`s transportation options page for more information.

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
BFE111 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification I
CIS141 Conversations in Sustainability
EAC150 College English
FOC002 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Theory
GTY171 Geomorphology and Soils
MTA001* Mathematics 111
 
Semester 2
May/June
DMA200 Data Management and Analysis I
ECM250 Ecological Methods I
FOC003 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Lab
TEC400 Technical Communications
July/August
AEI300 Aquatic Ecology and Identification
BFE211 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification II
OSD200 Outdoor Skills Development
SWA230 Soil, Water and Air Sampling Theory
SWA330 Soil, Water and Air Sampling Lab
 
Semester 3
DMA302 Data Management and Analysis II
ECM350 Ecological Methods II
FSI222 Fish Sampling and Identification
GOM303 Geomatics
PSS300 Principles of Stewardship and Sustainable
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CPS400 Capstone Project
ECT400 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
ELP400 Envrionmental Law and Policy
WSH400 Watershed Hydrology
plus: General Education Course
plus: General Education Course
 

* Based on the outcome of the Skills Assessment Test, students may be placed in a different mathematics course.

 

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
BFE111 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification I
CIS141 Conversations in Sustainability
EAC150 College English
FOC002 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Theory
GTY171 Geomorphology and Soils
MTA001* Mathematics 111
 
Semester 2
May/June
DMA200 Data Management and Analysis I
ECM250 Ecological Methods I
FOC003 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Lab
TEC400 Technical Communications
July/August
AEI300 Aquatic Ecology and Identification
BFE211 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification II
OSD200 Outdoor Skills Development
SWA230 Soil, Water and Air Sampling Theory
SWA330 Soil, Water and Air Sampling Lab
 
Semester 3
DMA302 Data Management and Analysis II
ECM350 Ecological Methods II
FSI222 Fish Sampling and Identification
GOM303 Geomatics
PSS300 Principles of Stewardship and Sustainable
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
CPS400 Capstone Project
ECT400 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
ELP400 Envrionmental Law and Policy
WSH400 Watershed Hydrology
plus: General Education Course
plus: General Education Course
 

* Based on the outcome of the Skills Assessment Test, students may be placed in a different mathematics course.

 

2014/2015 Academic Year

Fall 2014

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BFE111 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification I 6
EAC150 College English 3
EVS141 Environmental Science 3
FOC002 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Theory 3
GTY171 Geomorphology and Soils 3
HSP151 Health and Safety Practices 1
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
May/June
COR202 Co-operative Research 2
ECM250 Ecological Methods I 6
FOC003 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Lab 4
July/August
AEI300 Aquatic Ecology and Identification 4
ASA230 Air Sampling and Analysis 4
BFE211 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification II 6
OSD200 Outdoor Skills Development 2
SSA230 Soil Sampling and Analysis 5
WSA230 Water Sampling and Analysis 4
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DMA302 Data Management and Analysis II 3
ECM350 Ecological Methods II 3
FSI222 Fish Sampling and Identification 3
GOM303 Geomatics 5
PSS300 Principles of Stewardship and Sustainability 3
WSH300 Watershed Hydrology 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ELP400 Environmental Law and Policy 3
EVC400 Environmental Chemistry 3
EVT400 Environmental Toxicology 3
FLM400 Field Logistics and Extended Trip Management 3
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Winter & Summer 2015

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
BFE111 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification I 6
EAC150 College English 3
EVS141 Environmental Science 3
FOC002 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Theory 3
GTY171 Geomorphology and Soils 3
MTA001 Mathematics I 3
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
May/June
DMA200 Data Management and Analysis I 4
ECM250 Ecological Methods I 6
FOC003 Fundamentals of Chemistry - Lab 4
TEC400 Technical Communications 3
July/August
AEI300 Aquatic Ecology and Identification 4
BFE211 Biology - Field Ecology and Identification II 6
OSD200 Outdoor Skills Development 2
SWA230 Soil, Water & Air Sampling Theory 5
SWA330 Soil, Water & Air Sampling Lab 5
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DMA302 Data Management and Analysis II 3
ECM350 Ecological Methods II 3
FSI222 Fish Sampling and Identification 3
GOM303 Geomatics 5
PNS300 Principles of Stewardship 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
CPS400 Capstone Project 3
ECT400 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology 3
ELP400 Environmental Law and Policy 3
WSH400 Watershed Hydrology 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Angelie Ramirez
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22058
Angelie.Ramirez@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: International Admissions
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22364
InternationalAdmissions@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Mizhi Wang
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22468
Mizhi-Michelle.Wan@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: June Lewis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26038
June.Lewis@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator: Mahipal Jadeja
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26380
Mahipal.Jadeja@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Ken Ellis
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22250
Ken.Ellis@senecacollege.ca
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Student Fieldwork

Student fieldwork can involve spending time navigating some of the 700-acre King Campus. Photos