Environmental Assessment and Restoration
Do you have an interest in chemistry and physics? Do you want to restore and protect the planet’s land and water resources? Then pursue your passion in the Environmental Assessment and Restoration program. This two-year program will put you at the forefront of saving our planet.
In this practical, hands-on program focused on soil and water, your classroom theory will be reinforced with hands-on application during labs and fieldtrips that take you out into your future office – the great outdoors. Through a mix of science, law and technology, you’ll learn how to restore the resources our world depends on, improve water quality and reclaim abandoned industrial sites.
Supplies for Field Studies
Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This may include:
- 30 cm metric steel ruler
- adequate clothing for cold/wet weather
- backpack for gear
- digital camera (standard feature)
- field equipment vest (recommended)
- hiking boots
- warm sleeping bag
- orienteering compass
- safety glasses
- water bottle
- work gloves
- “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
- CSA approved steel-toed safety boots or approved toe caps (second year)
Equipment and supplies may not be required in all courses or terms. Please consult the course outlines for specific equipment required before purchasing. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.
Other Required Supplies
Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:
- 16x hand lens
- dissection kit
- lab coat
- metric triangular scale with 1:1, 1:2, 1:5, 1:10, 1:20 and 1:50 graduations
- safety glasses
- “write-in-the-rain” field notebook/surveyors book
Available from sporting, hardware and office supply stores:
- 4 GB or higher USB memory stick
- 12 or more coloured pencils (pencil crayons)
- 30 cm metric steel ruler
- binoculars (8X40 or 10X50 magnification)
- chest waders (rubber soled)
- Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw)
- scientific calculator ($15-$30 range)
For additional information concerning lab or field equipment, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202 ext. 5594.
Program fees will vary. To view fee information for your program, go to lethbridgecollege.ca/programs and select your program.
Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, students are awarded an Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma.
New students are accepted into the Environmental Assessment and Restoration two-year diploma program for the Fall term (September) only.
General Admissions Requirements
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admission section of this calendar.
In addition to meeting the general admission requirements indicated in the Admission section of this calendar, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):
- Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
- Grade 11 biology
- Grade 11 chemistry
Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, e-mail, word processing, and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.
Employers often require that students hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first year.
|RRM-1197||Spatial Information Techniques 1||3|
|BIO-1170||Plant Systematics 1||3|
|GEO-1166||Physical Geology 1||3|
|GEO-1165||Geographic Information Systems||3|
|LAW-1150||Introduction to Environmental Law||3|
|RRM-2256||Rangeland Management 1||3|
|ENV-2280||Contaminant Management 1||3|
|ENV-2290||Site Reclamation 1||3|
Indicates course with a field study component.
Special note about field studies: Students are off-campus completing field studies during most of September and April. Due to scheduling conflicts, it is extremely difficult to take Year 1 and Year 2 courses simultaneously.
Students are advised to complete all Year 1 courses before proceeding to Year 2, and all Year 2 courses before enrolling in Year 3 courses (for related post-diploma certificate or degree programs). In the Fall term, field studies are scheduled in September, while in the Winter term, field studies are scheduled in April. Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends or on statutory holidays. All program field studies are mandatory.
Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as bear safety, firearms safety, pleasure craft operator’s card and boat operations will occur as part of field trip season activities. Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.
Interested students can obtain further information on these partnerships from the School of Environmental Sciences Chair. Students wishing to continue studies at other institutions must meet the entrance requirements of that institution.
Griffith University, Australia
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program are eligible to transfer credit towards the completion of a Bachelor of Environmental Science at Griffith University, in Australia. All students will be provided with an approved course completion pathway at time of offer of admission into a Griffith program. For more information, please visit www.griffith.edu.au/credit
Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program may be eligible for up to 60 credits towards a Bachelor of Ecosystem Management or a Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation Enforcement at Lethbridge College. Details regarding these programs can be found in the Academic Calendar or on the Lethbridge College website: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/programs
Royal Roads University
Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program are eligible for full block transfer into the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Practice or the Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Practice at Royal Roads University. Graduates may also receive full block transfer to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Royal Roads University, with the completion of one additional university level math course (calculus or linear algebra preferred) on arrival.
University of Alberta
Graduates of Lethbridge College's Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program receive up to 60 credits towards the Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Conservation Sciences, Land Reclamation major program at the University of Alberta. In order to receive the total allowable credits, applicants must present all diploma program requirements and meet the University of Alberta's entrance requirements.
University of Lethbridge
Graduates of Lethbridge College’s Environmental Assessment and Restoration diploma program with a minimum 2.75 GPA are eligible for admission into the University of Lethbridge's Post-Diploma Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) program. Admitted students will be third-year degree level students in the university's Faculty of Arts and Science in all respects. For more information, please see an academic advisor and visit www.uleth.ca