PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
4 or 5 terms
TUITION & FEES
- Language Arts – this requirement can be met with any of the following, or an equivalent course:
- Mathematics – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 65% in Math 30-1 or 75% in Math 30-2
- Chemistry – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 65% in Chemistry 30
- Biology – this requirement can be met with the following, or an equivalent course:
- 65% in Biology 30
You must complete 23 courses to graduate. Courses are listed below by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in two years as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|BIOL1007 (O)|| Introduction to Cell Biology |
This course provides an introduction to cell structure and the function of prokaryotes and eukaryotes. Major topics include the chemical and molecular composition of cells, subcellular components, metabolism, and information flow. These topics address how cells harvest and use energy, how cells reproduce, and how information in DNA is stored, transmitted, processed, and regulated. Pre-requisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30.
|BUSN1167 (O)|| MS Excel and Outlook |
Become familiar with MS Excel and MS Outlook. Learn how to design, organize, and edit MS Excel spreadsheets. You will create formulas and functions (statistical, financial, database, and logical) for a variety of business applications and use footers, headers, formatting, and charts. Using MS Outlook, you will learn to send and receive mail, schedule appointments, set up meetings, organize contacts, and create tasks and notes.
|ENGL2510 (O)|| Scientific and Technical Writing |
This technical writing course prepares students with the skills required for writing in professional contexts. Students will learn to produce documents reflecting different types and styles of technical communication, including technical descriptions, proposals, reports, online documents, and instruction manuals. Students will also learn to organize information, write clearly and concisely, rigorously edit their work, cite sources appropriately, and apply APA formatting to a variety of documents. In addition, students will examine effective document design and the use of visual aids, and will be required to create and deliver presentations based on these principles. Prerequisites: 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or 70% in English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalent
|BUSD1011|| Prep for Employment |
Use your skills and abilities to choose a career and build self-confidence as you enter the work force or pursue further training. Learn to research the job market and identify the skills required for a new occupation. Get prepared with interview skills and resume writing along with time-management techniques. Communicating directly and effectively will be practiced.
|CHEM1001 (O)|| Introduction to Chemistry |
Students are introduced to the basic principles that form the foundation on which higher chemistry courses are built. This course covers fundamental chemistry concepts such as atomic theory, bonding models, periodicity of elements, and stoichiometry, as well as the nomenclature used in organic and inorganic chemistry. Energy changes associated with chemical transformations are discussed. Pre-requisite: Chemistry 30.
|ENVI1121 (O)|| Environmental Issues |
Students will learn to identify the basic scientific and social principles that underlie current major environmental issues. Students will also examine local and global case studies and will study the effects of pollution and resource degradation on society.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|BIOL1008 (O)|| Organisms in their Environment |
This course examines the diversity of life on earth from the origins of life through the evolution of prokaryotic and eukaryotic organisms. Using a phyletic approach to classification, the major taxonomic groups of organisms are introduced, including prokaryotes, numerous protists, plants, fungi, and animals. Features that adapt these organisms to their environment are emphasized using Darwinian evolution as the underlying principle. Pre-requisite: Biology 30.
|CHEM1002 (O)|| Introduction to Chemistry II |
This course emphasizes the importance of chemical equilibrium as it applies to gases, acids and bases, solubility and precipitation reactions, and complex ion formation. Also studied are kinetics (rates of reactions, differential and integrated rate laws, the Arrhenius equation), catalysts, thermodynamics (spontaneity, entropy, free energy), and electrochemistry (balancing redox reactions, and calculating standard and non-standard cell potentials), with emphasis on some practical applications related to batteries, corrosion, and industrial processes.
|EASC1002 (O)|| Introduction to Earth Sciences |
This course is an introduction to earth sciences and physical geography. Topics explored will include the four major earth systems—atmosphere (air), hydrosphere (water), geosphere (earth), and biosphere (life)—and how these systems relate to human populations. Students will also explore how earth scientists conduct research, including types of analysis and technologies used in the field. There will be a special focus on the circulation of water and the atmosphere, and how these processes drive the distribution of life on the planet and shape the landscape we see. The course will also discuss many of the current issues surrounding human-environment interactions, including, but not limited to, climate change, erosion, natural disasters, air and water pollution, and freshwater resources.
|ENVI1226 (O)|| Environmental Health and Safety |
Students will study the dangers of hazardous materials using standard industrial classification systems, and will learn safe emergency response procedures for spill incidents and the use of protective suits and respirators. They will to recognize and control common contaminated sites hazards through the development of site health and safety plans.
|ENVI2310 (O)|| Solid Waste Management |
Students will learn the principles of pollution prevention, waste minimization, recycling, landfill operation, incineration, and composting. They will also study the basic concepts of environmental management systems and environmental audits.
|Term 3 - 16 weeks|
|BIOL2008 (O)|| Ecology |
This course introduces students to ecology, a branch of biology that examines interactions between organisms and their environment. These include interactions at the individual, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Topics include general concepts in ecology, ecology of individuals, ecology of populations, interspecies interactions, and community and ecosystems exploration. Laboratory work includes field collection and lab analysis of ecological data.
|ENVI2305 (O)|| Environmental Toxicology |
Students will study the principles of toxicology and the toxicological testing of chemicals, with emphasis on environmental pollutants.
|ENVI2315 (O)|| Water and Soil Sampling |
Students will gain experience with field sampling procedures, instrumentation, and analytical methods used in water, soil, and sediment assessment and control.
|ENVI2901 (O)|| Environmental Research Seminar |
Students will discuss the scope of research projects in environmental protection in the context of their relevance to the environmental industry and needs of society. They will make a preliminary research project selection, discuss how to carry it out, and provide feedback to their classmates on their proposed research.
|STAT1151 (O)|| Statistics I |
Students will learn the basic principles of statistics, acquire the skills to solve elementary statistical and probability problems, and gain hands-on experience with well-known statistical software, as well as basic methods for collecting data. Students will also learn the main tools of descriptive statistics to visualize collected data, analyze data distributions, and establish correlations and regressions between random variables. The course will also cover the main tools of inferential statistics for estimating mean values and proportions by confidence intervals, hypotheses testing, and one-way ANOVA. Applications are taken from wide range of subject areas such as biology and environmental science, business and economics, health sciences, education, crime and law, politics, social studies, and sports and entertainment. Pre-requisite: Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2
|ENVI2400 (O)|| Energy and Environmental Physics |
Students will learn the basic principles of environmental physics. Students will build, analyze, and critique physical models of environmental processes. They will apply environmental physics concepts to topical problems such as consumer energy use, renewable energy resources, carbon footprint, water use, waste, and global warming.
|Term 4 - 16 weeks|
|ENVI2405 (O)|| Environmental Legislation |
Students will study current environmental legislation at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels. They will learn the correct procedures for adhering to current legislation. Students will participate in a project to propose a new legislation or bylaw and will identify and interact with relevant stakeholders.
|ENVI2410 (O)|| Water Resource Protection |
Students will learn the principles of operation of physical, chemical, and biological treatment systems for water and wastewater. They will also learn the principles of flood control, erosion prevention, and other methods of aquatic habitat protection.
|ENVI2415 (O)|| Air Quality Monitoring |
Students will gain experience with comprehensive sampling, instrumentation, and analytical techniques used in ambient air and source monitoring. Students will also learn to apply the scientific principles underlying air monitoring and air quality issues.
|ENVI2420 (O)|| Contaminated Sites Management |
Students will learn the basic principles of contaminated sites management, including site assessment procedures, remediation methods, and the regulatory framework. They will also study the movement of contaminants in soils and groundwater.
|ENVI2902 (O)|| Environmental Research Project |
Students will engage in an intensive study of a selected topic in environmental protection technology. They will select a research topic, collect and interpret data, write a report on the results of the project, and present their results.
|ENVI2401 (O)|| Environmental Physics Lab |
Students will conduct laboratory investigations related to environmental physics concepts such as energy use, electrical power generation, and fluid statics and dynamics. Students will use computers to obtain and analyze data, and to write reports.
|Term 5 (optional) - 16 weeks|
|COOP2150|| Internship Work Term |
Students will integrate academic knowledge with a full-time, paid work experience in a program-related position with an employer organization. They will acquire a level of competence through relevant experience while completing a 16-week work term. This work term will be monitored by Work Integrated Learning. Students will analyze the significance of the application of new skills in their work, and examine their working relationships as well as those of the organization. They will also further define their interest in and attitude toward their field of study. Contact WILCEC@norquest.ca for permission to enroll.
Courses marked with (O) are available through Open Studies.
COOP2150 is optional and not required to graduate.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term