School of Applied Sciences and Technology

Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

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Environmental Monitoring & Assessment students investigate the impact of human activities on air, water, soil and vegetation, and gain a solid foundation in environmental sampling, assessment and laboratory skills. Students learn how to monitor and assess environmental quality, apply principles of quality assurance/quality control, manage waste, and reclaim and remediate land. Graduates may conduct environmental site assessments, collect samples from surface and ground water, air, soil and waste, or analyze samples for pollutants in an environmental lab. They work with industry, consultants or government on land and water remediation and reclamation, and investigate environmental issues for various research groups.

Sep 01, 2023

Quick Facts

Credential: Diploma

Diplomas are credit programs that take 2 to 3 years and lead to government approved and industry-recognized credentials.

Campus: Main

Any in-person components of your courses will be delivered at NAIT's Main Campus in Edmonton. View map

Delivery Options:

  • Both On-Campus and Virtual - Some of your coursework will be in-person, on campus and some will be done online.

Length: 2 Years

With a typical full-time course load, this program will take 2 Years to complete.

Open Studies: Available

This program has courses that are available for Open Studies. Open Studies allows you to explore credit courses without applying to a program. It is an opportunity to get a feel for school and what program you want to be in. View courses

International Students: Accepted

This program accepts international students, however, program availability may be limited. Check program availability for this term. This program also meets the eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. Each student is responsible for maintaining their eligibility throughout their studies.

Grad Employment Rate

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Median Starting Salary

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Hands-on, industry-relevant skills

During the first semester, you'll acquire skills and knowledge in the general sciences of biology and chemistry, communications, ethics, botany, zoology, genetics, and lab techniques and calculations.

You'll then be trained in the following areas:

Field Skills

  • Perform field analysis of soil, vegetation and water quality
  • Monitor air pollutants
  • Collect environmental samples from air, water, soil, plants and waste for further lab analysis
  • Conduct environmental site assessments – ESA (Phase I - III)
  • Maintain and calibrate field equipment for environmental sampling

Additional Skills

  • 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
Environmental Monitoring

Labs and classrooms

You 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

We maintain 6 dedicated instructional laboratories for the delivery of program curriculum, 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.

Laboratory Skills

  • 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

Co-op work terms

Take your classroom learnings and apply them in the workplace! This program offers co-op work terms that will give you the opportunity to apply your and theoretical knowledge in a workplace setting. You’ll be given various responsibilities and projects and learn directly from experts in your field.

In addition to providing new learning experiences, the work term will give you valuable on-the-job skills and industry contacts that will set you up for success after graduation.

Enter the workforce with confidence

Graduates work with consulting companies, regulatory agencies and analytical laboratories, or are involved in environmental monitoring for industry.

Typical employers include:

  • environmental laboratories and services companies
  • engineering and oil & gas companies
  • municipalities
  • post-secondary institutions
Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Professional associations

Alberta Society of Professional Biologists

As a professional society and self-regulating body, the ASPB is committed to the promotion of excellence in the practice of biology.

Alberta Institute of Agrologists

The AIA regulates the profession of Agrology and strives to address these issues in an objective, competent and ethical manner.

Become a certified engineering technologist

Students of this program are eligible for student membership in the Association of Science and Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET).

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Phone: 780.471.8317

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Email: debbiew@nait.ca
Phone: 780.491.3000 

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Courses and Advanced Credit

Current and recently admitted students can find information and updates about their program on their My Program page in the MyNAIT Portal. To monitor your course progress and the courses still needed to graduate, visit your Academic Progress Report.

Advanced Credit

You may apply for advanced credit once you have been accepted into the program. Advanced credit can be Transfer Credit (for completed post-secondary courses) or PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

Transfer Credit

In addition to the common guidelines outlined on the Transfer and Credit Options section, your program has other advanced credit requirements that are applied to each request including:

  • You must have completed the course or program no more than 7 year(s) ago unless a formalized articulation agreement is in place
  • You must have a minimum mark of C in the course(s) or program

Read more about advanced credit or contact us about applying for credit for this program.

Courses

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Tuition & Fees

Scholarships & Awards

The following scholarships and/or bursaries are available to you as a student in this program. To access your opportunities, visit the Student Portal.

Admission Requirements

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Program-specific questions

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  • Program details
  • Work-integrated learning and cooperative education
  • Advance credit and Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)
  • Program and course withdrawal



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