Environmental Management and Assessment

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1517X01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017

Our Program

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program delivered in a blended format of online learning on weekdays complemented by laboratory activity on weekends offers students the opportunity to enhance their existing skills to succeed in the exciting and expanding field of environmental management and assessment. The program also consists of practical and field experiences allowing students to acquire a range of interdisciplinary techniques used by those at the forefront of environmental management practice.

With escalating demand for environmental awareness, there is an increasing need for highly-skilled personnel capable of working in the fields of environmental management and assessment. This program builds proficiency and adds depth of knowledge in environmental sciences. Students acquire expertise in a range of disciplines, including - but not limited to - ecological conservation, environmental policy and reporting and contaminant control.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.


This program is well-suited for students who:
  • Wish to expand their career options in the environmental industry.
  • Enjoy a hands-on approach to learning about environmental science.
  • Are critical and innovative thinkers.
  • Are able to analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  • Are independent learners.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in a variety of expanding environmental fields, such as ecology research and reporting, water and wastewater monitoring, site assessment and cost proposals, pollution prevention and control, and regulatory compliance and policy development.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
  1. Prepare and present technical reports in a scientific format, including figures, tables and interpretation of results.
  2. Design and implement sampling protocols using industry techniques to ensure appropriate statistical design.
  3. Analyze the various regulations that govern federal, provincial and municipal legislation as they apply to project specific requirements.
  4. Collect and analyze field samples using appropriate air, water and soil quality testing equipment.
  5. Apply modeling technology to simulate and predict environmental damage in a variety of situations.
  6. Create strategies for waste minimization and/or remediation in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors.
  7. Investigate the effects of various environmental contaminants on plant, animal and human health.
  8. Develop plans to mitigate the environmental impact of current industrial processes.
  9. Explain and analyze the ecological role of biodiversity and conservation.
  10. Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.


Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENV4002 Field Techniques and Sample Acquisition Environmental professionals require a variety of hands-on, practical skills in order to succeed in this diverse sector. Students develop plans for sample acquisition, produce chain of custody documents, collect field samples and install sampling systems. Students gain experience employing industry best practices for documenting site conditions and completing sampling.

Co-requisites: SCI4000
ENV4003 Environmental Policy I The environmental policy practitioner must be trained to analyze environmental policy, law, and regulations, whether working in business or government. Students learn about the major environmental challenges of our age, as well as the costs to natural capital that require specific government mitigation and/or preventative actions. Students investigate the need for policy, law, and regulations at the federal and provincial levels in Canada and the response of business to these regulations. Students apply various environment policies for different economic sectors in Canada. 45.0
QUA4000 Applied Environmental Statistics Interpreting results is a critical aspect of environmental studies. Students enhance their knowledge of statistical theory by applying it to case studies and data generated from concurrent courses. Students compare a variety of statistical tools including computer software for data analysis and become adept at selecting the most appropriate tests.

Co-requisites: SCI4000
SCI4000 Sample Processing and Analysis Environmental professionals should be able to follow a project from idea through the sampling, analysis and reporting stages. Students use industry techniques and protocols to process and analyze soil, water and air samples. Quantitative and qualitative determinations of sample components are achieved using chromatography, spectroscopy and microscopy. 45.0
SCI4002 Sustainable Hydrology Hydrologists apply scientific knowledge and mathematical principles to solve water-related problems in society. Students expand upon their knowledge of hydrology by exploring current approaches to the sustainability of freshwater resources. Students consider water environmental protection, with a focus on environmentally conscious handling of wastewater and storm water in water-centric urban environments. 45.0
SCI4003 Scientific Communication for Public Policy Clear, concise and effective communication is required for success in this industry. Students explore and apply industry-specific technical writing strategies, such as assessing scientific procedures and clearly articulating complex technological problems. Through written assignments, presentations and simulating briefing activities, students develop written and spoken communication skills essential for professionals in this sector. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
CHE4000 Advanced Environmental Chemistry By understanding principles of chemistry and the correct procedures for completing specific sample analyses, environmental practitioners can ensure that samples are collected in an uncontaminated manner. Students enhance their knowledge of analytical techniques and develop competence using advanced analytical equipment. Through complex laboratory experiments students learn processes to detect nutrients and contaminants while developing remediation plans for contaminated water and soil. 45.0
ENV4005 Environmental Policy II In the environmental sector practitioners apply policy, law and regulations to design and evaluate actions for environmental protection. Students learn about the approaches that government and businesses use to identify environmental risks and set environmental management priorities. Students gain a deeper understanding of risk management and environmental impact assessments while they analyze the economic implications and benefits of environmental protection initiatives. Students expand their skills to complex policy analysis and apply results to business or government management situations.

Prerequisites: ENV4003
ENV4006 Environmental Auditing and Site Assessment In compliance with the Auditing Association of Canada, students acquire the tools to perform high-level environmental audits and site assessments. Using both case studies and field excursions, students identify environmental hazards and liabilities and assess localized environmental requirements. Students review effective and appropriate environmental management systems. 90.0
ENV4008 Environmental Modelling and Risk Assessment Understanding the underlying assumptions of environmental models, and their impact on decision-making processes is essential to determine the risk associated with chemical release. Students use modelling technology to predict the fate of contaminants in aquatic and terrestrial environments. Through hands-on activities, case studies and model development students learn how contaminants move in different mediums. 45.0
SCI4001 Biodiversity and Conservation Understanding the impacts of urban and industrial development on biodiversity and ecosystem functions is important as it may guide zoning decisions. Students investigate the effects of population growth on the demand for food, energy and resources. Using case studies and in-depth analysis, students consider the ethical implications of habitat change and transgenic organisms. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $7,753.10. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,679.14. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Books cost approximately $1000 for the program. Supplies can be purchased at the campus store. See www3.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks for more
information about books. Each student is required to purchase two lab coats and goggles.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

Program Eligibility
  • Ontario College Diploma, Ontario College Advanced Diploma or Degree in areas of environmental science, water and waste water, biotechnology; or equivalent with departmental approval.
  • A degree in environmental studies with sufficient postsecondary training or equivalent in biology and chemistry laboratory procedures will also be considered.
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3

Applications are available online www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies. Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://algonquincollege.force.com/myACint/ or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

For more information, contact Martin Lee, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6642 or leem@algonquincollege.com.
Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time