Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology
If you have an interest in planning, protecting land, resources and the environment, our interdisciplinary leading-edge Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology Program is a great fit. You’ll acquire employment-ready skills to tackle this dynamic sector's challenges and master a range of applied environmental technologies.
The Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology Program prepares students to meet growing needs for technologists capable of assisting in all areas of land use and environmental planning, environmental chemistry and hydrology, applied ecology and microbiology, and geographic information systems. Graduates of this program are trained in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data entry and spatial analysis using Arc GIS and other software. Graduates possess the practical field and laboratory skills and technical competencies not only to acquire, compile, analyze, evaluate and present environmental information, but also to integrate it effectively into formal planning and review processes.
Course Topics Include
- Air and water pollution chemistry analysis
- Applied hydrology
- Data analysis and presentation
- Earth science
- Ecological systems and ecological restoration
- Environmental planning and management
- First Nations
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
- Land Use and resource planning
Our nationally-accredited Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology diploma program offers a diverse and complimentary set of courses that prepare you for career oriented professional opportunities in land use planning, environmental management and environmental technology.
To help ensure the program is relevant, the quality of the program has been assessed against industry outcomes. In addition, we meet regularly with a Program Advisory Committee consisting of industry and government representatives. Many of these representatives are past graduates. Advisory committee feedback can result in updates to our curriculum.
The Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology program ladders into the Selkirk College Bachelor In Geographic Information Systems. There is a long-standing tradition of our graduates transferring and successfully completing university degrees. Selkirk's Integrated Environmental Planning graduates have successfully transferred credit towards degrees in universities throughout Canada and the United States. Selkirk College also has transfer arrangements with the following institutions: BCIT Bachelor of Science in Ecological Restoration; University of Northern BC Bachelor of Planning; or Royal Roads Bachelor of Environmental Science. Please note that students planning to transfer into a degree program at another post-secondary institution must check the transfer requirements of the program they wish to enrol in. It is strongly recommended that students consult with the program advisor of the receiving institution to ensure that they have all of the necessary transfer requirements.
The first year of Applied Environmental Science and Planning Technology, Forest Technology, and Recreation, Fish & Wildlife programs consist of a core of common courses emphasizing resource skills, knowledge and professionalism in fish and wildlife ecology, botany and terrestrial ecology, inventory, measurement, mapping, communications, math and interpretation.
The second year of each program synthesizes the skills, knowledge, and professionalism of first year with applied management, planning, and advanced techniques and principles. Integration of learning in each program is required.
The common core allows students to obtain an additional diploma in Recreation Fish & Wildlife or Forest Technology by completing the relevant third year.
Upon successful completion of this program, learners will be able to:
- formulate environmental values.
- employ environmental technical skills in the lab and field.
- develop environmental literacy.
- demonstrate professional skills in technical and interpersonal situations in the environmental field.
- apply project planning and collaborative skills.
- adapt continuously to current and emerging technologies.
- interact effectively, accurately, and ethically using verbal and written communication skills within the realm of the environmental field.
- develop competency in lab, office, and outdoor settings.
Successful completion of these high-school or equivalent courses:
- Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum of 67% or higher
- Biology 11 with a minimum of 67% or higher
- English Studies 12 with a minimum of 67% or higher
NOTE: Applicants in Grade 12 at the time of application must show proof of registration or completion of the above courses.
Applicants that require upgrading may still gain provisional acceptance for program seats if they can show proof of registration (with time for likely completion) of prerequisite high school courses before Fall term start dates.
All applicants must be in good health and reasonably good physical condition. A demonstrated interest in, and aptitude for, outdoor work is essential as much of the work is done in the field, often under adverse and arduous weather and topographic conditions. A self-assessment fitness check list is available on request.
Computer competency is an important element of success in the program. Prior to starting the program, it is strongly recommended that students have entry level experience with word processor, spreadsheet, and web browsing software. Check out Selkirk College Community Education & Workplace Training computer courses.
In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.
ENVR150 - Hydrology I
ENVR 150: Hydrology 1 is an introductory study of water in our environment including its properties, the natural processes which affect it, and climate and weather. Students will gain practical experience in the collection and analysis of field and laboratory data using standard techniques and equipment.
ENVR160 - Surveying & Field Measurements
ENVR 160: Surveying & Field Measurements is an introduction to the practical use of common survey instruments and techniques used by Environmental technicians. As well, the course will introduce the student to various sampling methods used to collect, assess, classify, and evaluate field data. Emphasis is placed on the proper care and use of basic surveying and measurement tools and the skills involved in collecting and interpreting precise and accurate field data.
ENVR162 - Applied Botany and Ecosystem Classification
ENVR 162: Applied Botany and Ecosystem Classification is an introduction to the principles of Botany and Ecosystem Classification. Botany lectures will focus on plant classification, botanical terms, plant morphology, and plant physiology. Topics include: plant cell structure, plant tissue function and structure, photosynthesis and respiration, transpiration and translocation. Botany labs will focus on learning to identify about 100 native plants commonly found in the West Kootenay Region of B.C., specifically key indicator species. Ecology lectures will focus on ecosystem classification using the Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System (BEC) of B.C. Other key topics include the study of climatic factors, disturbance and succession, landscapes and stand structure. Ecology labs focus on classifying ecosystems (including soils, site and vegetation) to site series using BEC. Labs are mainly field based.
ENVR164 - Soil and Earth Sciences
ENVR 164: Soil and Earth Sciences will cover the identification of common rocks and minerals, landforms and soils of British Columbia. Learners will be introduced to the study of physical geology and geomorphology in relation to management of the forest environment and landscape. Learners will gain skills and knowledge in rock and mineral identification, description of the physical and chemical qualities of soils, and identification and classification of landforms and terrain. Skills will also be developed with respect to interpretation of geology, landforms and soils for environmental management.
ENVR190 - Computer Applications I
ENVR 190: Computer Applications I builds on students previously acquired computer skills. Computer applications specific to career opportunities in the environment and geomatics sector will be covered during this course. This includes proper file management techniques for the geomatics environment, MS Word processing for report writing, and introduction to MS Excel and MS Access databases.
MATH160 - Technical Math Review
MATH 160: Technical Math Review is a mathematical review course for first-year students in the School of Environment and Geomatics (SEG) diploma programs. This course will provide a review of mathematical concepts which you will need for your other SEG courses. Materials to be covered include: unit conversions, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, problem solving, slope calculations, distance and direction calculations.
TWC150 - Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications I
TWC 150: Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications I is an introduction to general principles in written technical communication and their application to environmental concerns and workplace communication. Classroom sessions focus on developing writing skills, the organization and presentation of data, basic report formats, and job search techniques.
ENVR154 - Maps and Navigation
ENVR 154: Maps and Navigation focuses on the navigation skills required of technologists working outdoors to locate oneself, stay "found", and return safely from the field. The course includes hands-on use of navigation tools in field settings including map, compass, aerial imagery, altimeter, and Global Positioning System (GPS). Pre-trip planning in a navigation context will also be covered including developing access plans and route plans, and estimating travel times.
ENVR158 - Introduction to Geomatics
ENVR 158: Introduction to Geomatics is an introduction to applied mapping and geographic information systems (GIS) theory and applications. The first half of the course will be focused on introducing basic uses of remotely sensed imagery and exploring applied mapping technologies, including Google Earth and Internet Mapping websites. The second half of the semester will be focused on learning basic Geographic Information System concepts and applying GIS technologies to environmental, renewable resource management, and planning fields. Emphasis will be placed on how geographic data is represented, collected, managed, analyzed, and displayed using GIS tools. Hands-on experience will be developed with desktop GIS software, ESRI's ArcGIS for Desktop.
ENVR163 - Terrestrial Ecology and Biology
ENVR 163: Terrestrial Ecology and Biology builds upon the concepts from ENVR 162 with further studies of local forest ecosystems. Students will identify key forest structural components and study the role that disturbance (such as fire), environmental gradients, and competition play in defining a species' niche. Participants will also examine the role of primary and secondary growth, nutrient uptake, reproduction, and survival mechanisms for plants. Winter plant identification, ecosystem form and function, and plant adaptations to timberline will also be examined. A practical field based assignment will form a major portion of the term assessment. This project includes collecting the data in the field, entering and analysing the data in the computer lab, and presenting the data in a written scientific report.
MATH190 - Resource Statistics I
MATH 190: Resource Statistics I is an introductory applied statistics course for environment and geomatics students. Topics include: types of data, descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, discrete probability distributions, continuous probability distributions, confidence intervals, sample size, and hypothesis testing.
TWC151 - Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications II
TWC 151: Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications II is an introduction to general principles in written scientific communication, research strategies, and oral presentations. Lectures and in-class writing focus upon research strategies, the formal report, technical style, and graphic illustration. Students practice delivery techniques for oral presentations and learn research skills for research report preparation.
IEP276 - Ecological Restoration and Remediation
IEP 276 Ecological Restoration and Remediation will cover applied ecological restoration and remediation techniques common in the environmental planning and management fields. Restoration project planning and implementation will follow techniques developed by the International Society for Ecological Restoration (SER). Topics covered will include restoration research, project scoping and plan development, field data collection, plant propagation techniques, project implementation in the field, routine and intensive monitoring, and report preparation. Learners can expect to be in the field every day and working on data collection and synthesis during the evenings. This is an intensive 32-hour course offered in a one-week time block in the spring semester.
IEP277 - Environmental Planning Field Applications
IEP 277: Environmental Planning Field Applications involves the development of a planning project in a local regional district. Learners will be involved in scoping of the environmental planning issues, stakeholder consultation, and design of critical planning elements. This is an intensive 35 hour course offered in a one-week time block in the spring semester.
IEP250 - Environmental Planning Applications I
IEP 250: Environmental Planning Applications I is the first course in a two course Integrated Environmental Planning Applications continuum. It focuses on the development of professional land use and environmental planning skills and their practical application. Using a combination of classroom interactive lectures and weekly field based labs, the physical, on the ground, aspects of development and conservation planning are a primary focus of this course. The course also emphasizes the understanding and development of practical strategies to achieve land use and environmental planning objectives.
Plan development and plan implementation, regulatory agencies and regulations, planning history, group process and methods for the practical application of landscape ecology and conservation development are also covered. Students are expected to attend class and labs regularly and contribute actively and evenly to in-class
IEP260 - Systems Ecology
IEP 260: Systems Ecology is an introduction to the science of ecology, building on concepts and information introduced in ENVR 160, 161 and other first year ENVR courses. Emphasis is placed on the basics of ecology, and will focus on the structure and function of various communities including alpine, subalpine, wetland, and riparian ecosystems. The labs will explore various methods of sampling, analyzing and reporting on the physical site factors, vegetation and wildlife components of these communities.
IEP266 - Applied Microbiology
IEP 266: Applied Microbiology is an introductory applied microbiology course. This course covers basic microbiological theory and an introduction to applied microbiological skills including safe work practices; aseptic technique; preparation of media; isolation and growth of pure cultures; Gram staining; tissue culture; microbial enumeration using pour and spread plates, membrane filtration and optical density; and identification of microorganisms using biochemical tests
IEP270 - GIS Applications I
IEP 270: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) provide the capability to effectively create, edit, display, manage and analyze spatial data; data that is georeferenced to the earth. This course introduces the fundamental concepts and applications of GIS with a specific focus on environmental planning subjects. Emphasis is placed on developing hands-on expertise with world leading commercial desktop GIS software (ArcGIS) for displaying and querying spatial data, manipulating tabular data, completing queries, developing charts and producing effective map layouts. Finally, this course incorporates digital data collection using mobile technologies.
IEP280 - Environmental Chemistry
IEP 280: Environmental Chemistry is an introductory environmental chemistry course covering chemical theory, calculations, measurements, and laboratory skills. Laboratory exercises address basic skills including laboratory safety, quantitative measurement, and use of common laboratory apparatus. Laboratory exercises are derived from standard methods for the examination of water and wastewater. The course goal is for graduates to master basic chemical theory, solve chemistry problems, use environmental chemistry references, demonstrate safe chemistry laboratory practices, and perform standard methods for the determination of total, suspended and dissolved solids, pH, conductivity, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity and turbidity in water and wastewater samples.
Note: Pre-requisites(s) may be waived with the permission of the Instructor
MATH291 - Resource Statistics II
MATH 291: Resource Statistics II is a continuation of Math 190 - Resource Statistics I. Topics include linear regressions and correlation, inferential statistics, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, goodness of fit, contingency tables, and ANOVA.
IEP251 - Integrated Planning Applications II
IEP 251: Integrated Environmental Planning Applications II is the final course in the three course Integrated Environmental Planning Applications continuum. It focuses on the development of professional planning skills and the practical application of the technical skills and scientific knowledge developed in other IEP courses. The majority of each student’s grade is determined by their preparation of a component of the courses capstone project. Preparation of this study takes place in discrete states throughout this course. Plan development, citizen participation strategies, and plan implementation strategies are the major focus of this course. Environmental assessment, planning process, planning theory, and planning ethics are also covered in this course. Students are expected to attend class and labs regularly and contribute actively and evenly to in-class discussions.
IEP271 - GIS Applications II
IEP 271: GIS Applications II provides an opportunity for IEP 2nd year students to undertake a GIS project of their choice. Students apply the GIS skills acquired in previous Selkirk GIS courses (ENVR 158 and IEP 270) to a real world project. A range of GIS methods and data sources will be used, depending on student project selection, but all will include as deliverables a project proposal and report, a spatial analysis of some kind, a final map, and a documented geodatabase. Both GIS and project management skills will be developed by completing the steps required to take a GIS project from initial proposal to final map production and report generation.
IEP281 - Water and Air Pollution Chemistry
IEP 281: Water and Air Pollution Chemistry examines the applied chemistry of water and air pollution. Major topics include: physical and chemical characteristics of water and air, water and air pollution, quantifying water and air pollution, water and air sampling, water treatment, wastewater treatment, mass balance modelling and air pollution dispersion. Applied concepts cover chronic and acute toxicity testing, use of colorimetry and AAS to identify and quantify pollutants, variable speed pumps used with pollution trapping devices for air sampling, gas detection tubes and air sampling meters. Use of spreadsheets for data analysis is an essential component of this course.
Note: Pre-requisite(s) can be waived with the permission of the Instructor.
IEP290 - Environmental Sustainability
IEP 290: Environmental Sustainability concerns the relationship between humankind and the environment. This course explores that relationship and how, in the words of the Brundtland Commission Report, "we may live to meet the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Clearly, there is no single route to achieving sustainability. Therefore, readings by many authors, technical experts, scientists and philosophers comprise a central component to illustrate the complexity of the topic, the diversity of approaches, and the resistance to change. There is substantial focus on applied skills related to current applications of sustainability principles across the economic spectrum and in particular to resource management, energy conservation and renewable energy.
Note: Pre-requisite(s) may be waived with the permission of the Instructor.
IEP291 - Applied Research Project
IEP 291: Applied Research Project focuses on the preparation of the programï¿½s capstone applied research project. The course compliments and is taught in conjunction with IEP 251, Integrated Environmental Planning Applications II. Over the course of the Winter semester, learners prepare a professional quality plan for an outside "pro-bono" client. The plan preparation process includes independent research and data collection, consultation with independent experts and stakeholders and public presentation of the draft plans.
IEP200 - Field Trip Study
Field Trip Study is delivered during the 4th semester of the IEPT program. The field trip provides an opportunity for students to observe current environmental management practices, ecosystems and resource management issues in other regions of the province. Students will be actively involved in trip planning and will be presented with opportunities to develop communication skills and professionalism. This course is available only to students registered in the second year of the IEP Program. Students may be required to pay for accommodation and meals during the trip.
MATH100 - Calculus I
MATH 100: Calculus I is a course designed to provide students with the background in calculus needed for further studies. This course includes a review of functions and graphs; limits; the derivative of algebraic, trigonometric, exponential and logarithmic functions; applications of the derivative including related rates, maxima, minima, velocity and acceleration; the definite integral; an introduction to elementary differential equations; and applications of integration including velocity, acceleration, areas, and growth and decay problems.
MATH140 - Calculus I for Social Sciences
ENVR250 - Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Environmental Management
ENVR 250: Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Environmental Management. The focus of the course is to enable students graduating in the field of natural resource management to better understand and work effectively with Indigenous peoples. Students will develop a greater awareness of Indigenous peoples and the cultural diversity that exists within this group of Canadians. The course will examine various topics related to Indigenous cultures and pre and post contact histories, including the Indian Act and the legacy of residential schools. The work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission will be discussed. The course examines current issues connected to land management in BC, including the treaty process, consultation activities, capacity building and protection of traditional lands and rights. The BC Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act will be reviewed. Landmark court cases that have helped define Indigenous land rights will be studied. Cultural Heritage Values are defined in the course and students will have the opportunity to review the Heritage Conservation Act as it relates to field observations and regulations.
RFW251 - Environmental Legislation and Policy
RFW 251: Environment Legislation and Policy provides an introduction to foundational principles related to Canada's legal system, while covering the study of statutes, regulations, court cases and policy governing recreation and the environment, with reference to legal issues involving indigenous peoples where applicable. Emphasis is placed on interpreting and applying environmental, conservation and natural resource legislation, and its intersection with related policy, while developing practical legal research, writing and problem-solving skills.
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