What to Expect
During the first semester, all Biological Sciences Technology: Environmental Science students acquire skills and knowledge in the general sciences of biology and chemistry, communications, ethics, botany, zoology, genetics, and lab techniques and calculations.
Students apply directly into the specialization . Entry into the specialization is competitive based on academic performance and is established using the rankings of the student's weight-averaged marks upon application. Due to resource and training considerations, the program maintains a second year enrollment quota of 20 students in the Environmental Sciences Stream.
Environmental Sciences students are trained in the following areas:
- Perform field analysis of soil, vegetation and water quality
- Monitor air pollutants
- Collect environmental samples from air, water, soil, plants and waste for futher lab analysis
- Conduct environmental site assessments- ESA (Phase I - III)
- Maintain and calibrate field equipment for environmental sampling
- Perform wet chemical and instrumental analyses of water, wastewater, soil, waste and air samples for biological, physical and chemical parameters
- Prepare reagents and primary calibration standards
- Design and manage group-based projects
- Measure effects of pollutants on the environment by studying toxicology
- Use current solid and hazardous waste treatment technologies and monitoring systems
- Use legislation and standards related to environmental issues
- Employ pollution prevention and pollution control technologies
- Use quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) principles to obtain accurate data
- Generate and keep detailed log books
- Compile and manage data using MS Office
- Write reports, perform literature reviews, and prepare and give presentations
Classroom & Study Hours
Students can expect to spend, on average:
- 30 hours per week attending classes over the course of a semester
- 15 to 20 hours per week studying and completing class assignments outside of scheduled class time
In addition to lab facilities, the program also uses various lecture and computer facilities throughout the Institute.
This program maintains 6 dedicated instructional laboratories for the delivery of program curriculum and supported by a technical support team of 5 skilled and dedicated individuals. These labs contain an extensive inventory of scientific equipment for investigative and instructional purposes.
Is This Program For You?
Graduates must be able to demonstrate the ability to work as an efficient member of a workplace team with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively. They must recognize that further training and acquisition of additional specialized skills may be required to fulfill the needs of their employer or position.
Employment opportunities are not always found locally therefore successful graduates must willing to re-locate to various geographical locations within the province and perhaps western Canada.
A very important key to obtaining successful employment is the assertive promotion of yourself as individual as well as a trained and valuable technologist
Programs in NAIT’s School of Applied Sciences and Technology prepare learners for in-demand, technical careers in the building science, natural resource, environmental management and design industries.
Our facilities provide our students with practical, job-ready experience using a variety of modern laboratory and field instruments, simulation and computer applications, along with work experience, field trips, applied research and other opportunities.
Our graduates gain the skills to ensure that our natural resources are used in an optimal way that is sustained for future generations. Their knowledge and technical expertise also allow them to engage in resource management activities without compromising the integrity or sustainability of the ecosystems in which they work.