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Innovative environmental courses can lead to exciting career opportunities - 2022/2023

Maintaining, nurturing and protecting the environment is a global priority. As a result, understanding the environment and providing innovative solutions using new and emerging technologies has never been more important. Take the first step toward an in-demand, respected and vital career helping the planet with Fanshawe's Environmental Technology program.

Over three years of environmental training and 12 to 16 months of paid co-op placement, you will study and gain experience in environmental processes that provides foundational knowledge of air, water and waste management issues. The environmental course curriculum includes bacteriology, analytical chemistry, air pollution meteorology, water quality management, industrial hygiene and hydrogeology. This environmental program emphasizes measurement and analysis techniques as well as legislation for air, water and waste.

After completing our environmental courses

The theoretical knowledge and hands-on application using state-of-the-art instrumentation, combined with real work experience, will give you a competitive edge upon graduation with your environmental diploma. Rewarding careers as Environmental Technologists await in municipal, provincial and federal government regulatory agencies, wastewater treatment facilities, petrochemical industries, environmental consultants, pollution measurement control, equipment manufacturers, technical sales and public/private research enterprises.

Features and benefits:

  • Earn while you learn - a total of 16 months of paid co-op allows students to make employer contacts, gain work experience and apply their knowledge in a real world laboratory environment. Learn more about co-op.
  • Beyond Fanshawe - graduates of the program may pursue their degree or a post-graduate certificate. Learn more about pathways.

CEWIL Canada: Co-operative education and work-integrated learning.This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.


"Fanshawe’'s ENT program provided me with a strong foundation for lab skills and overall science knowledge. I felt very prepared entering the profession, especially being in a lab environment. I now have a job that I love coming to everyday and know that would not have been possible without Fanshawe."

Zac Bauman
Graduate 2014


Environmental Technology program progression




Year 1

Start Level 1

Class Level 2

Class Level 3

Year 2


Class Level 4


Year 3

Class Level 5



Year 4

Class Level 6/End






Admission Requirements - 2022/2023

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH: 
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) 
    - Grade 11 Functions (U)
    - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
    (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) WITH: 
- Core Mathematics
  (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
- Chemistry
Pre-Technology Ontario College Certificate AND:
- minimum final grade of 'C' or 60 in the required Mathematics
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) AND:
- Mathematics ONE OF:
    - Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology* (C)
    - Grade 12 Advanced Functions (U)
    - Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors (U)
    - Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management (U)
    - Grade 12 Foundations for College Mathematics (C) 
    - Grade 11 Functions (U)
    - Grade 11 Functions and Applications (M)
    (Note: minimum final grade required is 60)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U)
Mature applicant with standing in the required courses and grade stated above


  • *Grade 12 Mathematics for College Technology (C) preferred.
  • Applicants who lack required courses may be admitted to the program subject to appropriate prior upgrading.

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing assessment is available for students transferring from other Colleges or University programs.  

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Environmental Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Environmental Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Environmental Technology program.


Environmental Technology-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.
CHEM-1003General Chemistry 14.5
This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MATH-1172Math 15
As the first of two pre-calculus mathematics courses, content covered includes treatment of data, fundamental algebra, radicals and logarithms. Application of problem solving skills, such as the quadratic formula, as related to scientific analysis will be emphasized.
ENVR-1014Environmental & Science Issues3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken in decision making practices.
SKLS-1020Fundamentals of Science1.5
This course introduces the student to basic concepts and skills needed for success in any science of technology field. Emphasis will be given to systems of measurement, basic statistics, data interpretation, and computer applications including MS Word and Excel as applied to laboratory technology.

Level 2
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BIOL-3001Microbiology 1 - Bacteriology5
This is an introductory course in microbiology which places emphasis on bacteriology and will provide the student with a general working knowledge in the following areas: cell structure, taxonomy, cultivation (nutrition, media preparation, isolation, transfer techniques) enumeration, metabolism, control of bacteria, and industrial microbiology.
CHEM-1012General Chemistry 23.5
This course introduces students to chemical equilibrium, properties of solutions and acid-base systems, equilibrium in saturated solutions, and oxidation-reduction reactions and associated electrical energy. The laboratory experiments are related to material discussed.
MATH-3062Mathematics 25
This course is the second of two pre-calculus mathematics courses whose content includes an introduction to trigonometry, treatment of algebraic fractions, functions and graphs. This course introduces the student to the use of a spreadsheet in numerical problem solving.
This foundation course covers kinematics and dynamics of straight line motion, force, work, energy, power, momentum, rotational motion, and properties of fluids. Problem solving involving graphical and numerical techniques will be studied and applied in a laboratory setting. Experimentation results and interpretation of data will be summarized in reports.
COOP-1020Co-operative Education Employment Prep1
This workshop will provide an overview of the Co-operative Education consultants and students' roles and responsibilities as well as the Co-operative Education Policy. It will provide students with employment preparatory skills specifically related to co-operative education work assignments and will prepare students for their work term.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CHEM-3003Analytical Chemistry4
The chemical theory and experimentation introduced in general chemistry courses is developed further with emphasis on laboratory skills and analysis techniques. CHEM3003 demonstrates the importance of stoichiometric calculations for solution preparation, standardization, acid-base reactions, and oxidation-reduction reactions to the analysis of materials applicable to the science and environmental laboratory field.
ENVR-3001Water Quality Management 12
This course provides an introduction to freshwater management concepts and principles such as integrated watershed management, pollution control, and water quality assessments. It prepares the student for courses in hydrogeology, water and wastewater treatment, and the quantitative laboratory analysis of water samples.
ENVR-3010Water Distribution & Treatment2.5
This course is designed to familiarize the student with the fundamental concepts involved in the purification and distribution of a water supply. Examples of the changing water supply as it relates to the geography and the environment are also considered. The study of macro invertebrate and Benthos sampling will be augmented with field sampling.
The course is a fundamental statistics course for technologists and introduces: descriptive statistics; probability and probability distributions; sampling distributions and hypothesis testing; regression and correlation. Students will perform statistical calculations and evaluate the results.
This theory course is designed as an introduction to hydrogeology and is intended primarily for third semester Environmental Technology students. At the end of the course the student will be familiar with the terminology, concepts and physical processes connected with surface water and groundwater flows. The nature of human impacts on these processes will also be investigated. The student will be exposed to elementary analytical and numerical problem solving techniques typically used in this field including geographical information system (GIS) technology.

Level 4
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ENVR-3009Water Quality Management 23
The course focuses on environmental legislation applicable in drinking water and waste water quality management in the province of Ontario (Acts, Regulations, policies, guidelines, standards and by-Laws). The course also addresses technical principles, processes and practices in domestic wastewater treatment and provides guidance in carrying out ambient water quality studies to determine the impact of wastewater discharges on receiving watercourses.
CHEM-3002Organic Chemistry 15
This is a lecture/laboratory course. The lectures will provide students with a basic knowledge of the properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkynes and aromatic compounds. The Laboratory experiments will emphasize proper techniques in extraction, isolation, purification, identification and synthesis of simple organic compounds.
CHEM-3004Instrumental Methods of Analysis 16
This course provides students with a knowledge of concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and separation analysis in biological, chemical, environmental, forensic, medical and quality control areas. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared and atomic absorption spectrometers, ultraviolet/visible (UV/VIS) spectrophotometers, and gas and liquid chromatographs.
PHYS-3003Thermodynamics & Optics4
This course covers the basic concepts of thermodynamics and optics, and applications to instrumentation the student will encounter in the future. Students will gain experience with the operation of common lab instruments such as the microscope and spectrophotometers. Both the theoretical and practical applications of optical instruments will be covered.
MATH-1173Calculus 15
This course is an introduction to differential and integral Calculus of polynomial style functions. Unit 1: limits and derivatives, Unit 2: applications of the derivative, Unit 3: integration and applications. Topics from numerical methods using Excel spreadsheets will be incorporated where applicable.

Level 5
Gen Ed - Take a 3 credit General Education elective course
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CHEM-5001Organic Chemistry 24.25
This is a Lecture/Laboratory course. It provides students with information on more Functional group studies which include nomenclature, reaction and properties of alcohols, phenols, ethers, halides, aldehydes and ketones, carboxylic acids and derivatives, and amines. Stereochemistry topics will be introduced. Laboratory experiments will emphasize the lecture topics.
ENVR-3014Air Pollution Meteorology3.5
This course introduces the student to meteorologyand its relationship to air pollution.
ENVR-3015Air Quality Sampling & Evaluation5
This course introduces the student to the principles and techniques of air pollution monitoring. Federal and Provincial legislation is reviewed as well as international agreements and practices. The industrial control of pollutant gases and solids is studied prior to an investigation of pollution production and control from mobile sources. Extensive laboratory, field exercises and numerical problems are included.
ENVR-5003Water Sampling & Evaluation Laboratory3.5
An explanation of the theory, importance, and standard chemical analysis of: dissolved oxygen, biochemical oxygen demand, chemical oxygen demand, nitrogen, phosphates, phenol, oil and grease, chromium, and hardness relating to natural and waste waters is covered. Some practical treatment procedures are performed. Laboratory oriented.
MATH-5017Calculus 25
This course is a continuation of MATH-1173. It begins with derivatives of transcendental functions followed by methods of integration finishing with an introduction to first-order ordinary differential equations. Several numerical techniques will be introduced at appropriate times throughout the course.

Level 6
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
CHEM-5005Instrumental Methods of Analysis 25.5
This is a lecture/laboratory course. It covers advanced theory topics dealing with concepts and techniques employed in spectrophotometric and chromatographic separation applications, provides an overview of sample preparation and extraction technologies, and an introduction to mass spectrometry. Portable spectroscopic and chromatographic instrumentation for process analytical technology and environmental field sampling applications are also discussed. Practical experience is gained in the operation of infrared (IR) and atomic absorption spectrometers (AA), gas (GC) and liquid chromatographs (HPLC), and gas chromatography/mass spectrometers (GC/MS) and fluorometer. Experiments will include components on laboratory quality assurance and control, the use of a laboratory information management system (LIMS),, and the optimization of instrumental parameters, including an introduction to statistical experimental design.
ENVR-5005Industrial Hygiene3
This course is an introduction to the field of industrial hygiene for students who will be responsible for identifying hazards in their work environment. The ability to recognize and evaluate hazards in the workplace will allow the student to make recommendations for work place decision making processes.
ENVR-5006Air Sampling & Evaluation Lab 23.25
ENVR5006 provides the theoretical and practical experience to monitor air pollutants using automatic monitors. The procedures of source sampling in accordance with MoE code are outlined both in the classroom and in measurements performed in labs.
ENVR-5007Air Pollution Meteor Lab1.5
The student will learn to set up, operate and record observations from several meteorological instruments in the laboratory and field.
ENVR-5008Topics in Waste Management4
This course provides the student with a basic knowledge in the following topics in waste management: industrial ecology and applying the concepts; federal and provincial legislation and related regulations, policies and guidelines; solid and hazardous waste management strategies; pollution prevention approach and spills response planning and implementation.
COMM-3005Language & Communication Skills 33
This course will permit the student to perform primary and secondary research, to shape, organize and document a formal report and to present a persuasive oral proposal.

Gen Ed - Electives
Take 9 General Education Credits -
Normally taken in Levels 2, 4 and 5

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 32 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2022/2023

Career Opportunities

This is a co-operative education program providing integration of related paid work experiences with classroom theory during alternating periods of work and study. Students' graduate with twelve to sixteen months of work experience. Employment opportunities exist with provincial and federal government regulatory agencies, petrochemical companies, environmental consultants, industry, pollution measurement control, water and waste water facilities, and public/private research enterprises.  

More Information - 2022/2023

A Co-operative Education Program
A Three-Year Ontario College Advanced Diploma Program
Program Code: ENT1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Applied Science and Technology: 519-452-4419

Program Description

This three-year program provides students with a strong basic knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology with focus on the concepts of air, water and waste water management. In particular, the program emphasizes in-depth training in the principles and procedures of measurement and analysis techniques, and legislation for air, water and waste.

Other Information

  • Graduates of this program are eligible for advanced standing in the Bachelor of Science program (Environmental Science and/or Chemistry major) at Western University as well as several other Universities in the province, outside the province and overseas.

Co-operative Education

This three-year program has four co-op work terms.  Students who fulfill both the academic and co-op requirements of the program will be eligible to graduate with a Co-op Endorsed Diploma.  More information about Co-operative Education can be found at

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.

2. identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.

3. analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.

4. participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.

5. promote and maintain sustainable* practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.

6. carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.

7. suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.

8. contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems*.

9. provide ongoing support for project management.

10. communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.

11. develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit

Program Details

More details

2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
Program Code

Program Coordinator:

Amy Turnbull

Co-op Consultant:

Stephanie Hernandez

Day Time
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks