Environmental Technology
Turn your passion for the environment into a career! 12 months paid work experience. A blend of hands-on experience plus theory. MECP water curriculum included.

General information

Program code
6 Semesters, plus 3 work terms (3 Years)
Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
3 Co-op Work Terms

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

In this program, students gain advanced skills in the use of environmental sampling, monitoring and testing equipment; data analysis; and information technology tools. They become familiar with applying the principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability and develop the ability to manage environmental projects from planning through to implementation and maintenance. Through applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental requirements, students contribute to risk assessment and environmental systems management. Students are provided an opportunity to apply their skills through partnerships in the community and stresses the need for designing and implementing systems to prevent, control and clean-up environmental contamination.

*If this doesn't sound quite right for you, why not take a look at the Environmental Technician program? It's a two-year option that gets you into the workforce faster and still provides substantial co-op opportunities.

Find your passion, accelerate your career

"I came to Georgian as a mature student.

The Environmental Technology diploma program allowed me to start on an interdisciplinary career path. I gained a wealth of knowledge through well-educated faculty, great facilities and many hands-on learning experiences. Georgian trained me how to strategically tackle large dynamic environmental issues.

After graduation, I decided to continue my environmental studies completing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management through an articulation agreement between Georgian and Royal Roads University.

Kyle Mitchell stands in front of Royal Roads University

Today, I am responsible for stormwater management planning, source water protection, and dealing with all associated watershed legislation as the Manager of Water Resources for the City of Orillia’s Environmental Services Department. My educational experiences have allowed me to apply my passion for environmental sustainability through improving existing city practices, promoting environmental education and outreach, and providing plans that safeguard our water sources for future generations."

- Kyle Mitchell, Georgian graduate and Manager of Water Resources, City of Orillia

Innovative research opportunities

Students in the Environmental Technology diploma program cap off their studies by completing innovative applied research projects like these over the summer.

Industry support

Georgian College's Environmental Technician and Technology programs have enjoyed a partnership with the City of Barrie for over 20 years within the areas of water, wastewater, engineering and environmental services. This partnership has fostered support for the college's advisory committee, special projects and co-operative education work terms. Subsequently, many graduates have also secured full-time employment with City of Barrie as a result of the success of this partnership.

The City of Barrie Logo


This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE).

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

CAFCE accreditation logo

Career opportunities

  1. The field of environmental technology is diverse and rapidly evolving to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, a number of career options can be pursued upon graduation. Traditionally, graduates have found employment in the environmental field working for small and large corporations. Potential employers include environmental consulting firms, government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal), and environmental services departments in a variety of organizations.​

Admission information

Admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/


Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Admission details

Full Ontario G driver’s license is strongly recommended in order to support a wider job search and facilitate more co-op employment opportunities.

Laptop is strongly recommended (Windows compatible recommended); Online access and/or student trial license opportunities available for most required software.

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks Operator in Training (OIT) certification should be completed within first 6 months of school of starting the program (www.owwco.ca). Details will be provided during CPHR0001 Co-op and Career Preparation course in Semester 1.

Appropriate clothing for fieldwork is required.  This includes green patch safety boots/shoes.


Program-specific Courses

  • COMP 1059 - Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1005 - Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1006 - Earth Science
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1009 - Foundations of Environmental Science
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MATH 1035 - Applied Environmental Mathematics
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHYS 1004 - Physical Systems in the Environment
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1008 - Biological Systems
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CHEM 1003 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • ENVR 1004 - Geospatial Technology
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • ENVR 1007 - Water Treatment
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CHEM 2002 - Applied Organic Chemistry
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2012 - Ecosystems and Environmental Sampling
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2013 - Limnology and Watershed Management
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2014 - Environmental Management Systems and Audits
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • ENVR 2017 - Soil Properties
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • SURV 2002 - Environmental Surveying
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2004 - Waste Management Strategies
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2018 - Environmental Assessment and Contaminants in the Environment
    (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • ENVR 2019 - Environmental CAD
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2020 - Wastewater Treatment
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2010 - Environmental Law and Policy
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • STAT 2006 - Applied Statistics for Environmental Applications
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3000 - Applied Hydrology and Hydrogeology
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3002 - Toxicology and Contaminants in Organisms
    (Semester 5 / 28 hours)
  • ENVR 3013 - Sustainable Technologies
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3015 - Stakeholder Engagement and Management
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3018 - Advanced GIS
    (Semester 5 / 56 hours)
  • ENVR 3019 - Applied Research and Entrepreneurship
    (Semester 5 / 28 hours)
  • MENG 3013 - Environmental Fluid Mechanics
    (Semester 5 / 42 hours)
  • CHEM 3002 - Applied Environmental Chemistry
    (Semester 6 / 70 hours)
  • ENVR 3009 - Spill Response and Emergency Preparedness
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3010 - Advanced Environmental Sampling
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 3016 - Atmospheric Science
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • Program Option Course - Select 1 course from the available list during registration.
    (Semester 6 / 42 hours)
  • COOP 1023 - Environmental Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2)
    (560 hours)
  • COOP 2018 - Environmental Work Term 2 (occurs after Semester 4)
    (560 hours)
  • COOP 3010 - Environmental Work Term 3 (occurs after Work Term 2)
    (560 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)