Environmental Sciences


About this Program

As the need for more environmental considerations and controls continues to increase, people with the skills and knowledge required to manage environmental concerns will continue to be in demand. In the environmental sciences, you will work closely with facility managers and other professionals. You may work on environmental assessments, site development and mitigation, water purification, wastewater treatment, soil remediation, air pollution control or hazardous waste assessment.  

Medicine Hat College offers a one-year program that transfers to Lethbridge College, where you may complete the Environmental Assessment and Restoration, Natural Resource Compliance, or Renewable Resource Management diploma programs. Further educational opportunities exist to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the U of L or U of A.

Environmental Assessment and Restoration
In year one of the Environmental Assessment and Restoration program, you complete 10 courses during the Fall and Winter semesters at Medicine Hat College. After successfully completing the second year at LC, you will be awarded a diploma in Environmental Assessment and Restoration. The two-year diploma leads to a technically-oriented career with well-balanced components of field and laboratory work. The emphasis will be on soil and water resources and their ecological relationships to other renewable resources. This program is intended to prepare technicians in fields such as: reclamation of disturbed lands; water management and monitoring; soil survey and analysis; resource inventory and contaminant management.   

Natural Resource Compliance
In the first year of the Natural Resource Compliance program, you complete the common core of 10 courses during the Fall and Winter semesters at Medicine Hat College. After successfully completing the program at Lethbridge College, you will be awarded a diploma in Natural Resource Compliance. The Natural Resource Compliance diploma integrates the principles of renewable resource management and law enforcement techniques to provide you with the knowledge and skills required for employment in natural resource law enforcement, environmental protection, and industrial compliance with environmental legislation. With this diploma you may ladder directly into the Bachelor of Applied Conservation Enforcement degree at Lethbridge College.

Renewable Resource Management
In the first year of the Renewable Resource Management Program, you complete the common core of 10 courses during the Fall and Winter semesters at Medicine Hat College. The second year is completed at Lethbridge College. Proper management of renewable natural resources is vital to the sustainability of resource use and is based on the knowledge that resources are interrelated and that a change in one usually affects the others. You gain an understanding of the principles of ecosystem management and their application to integrated natural resources management. A broad range of technical skills are developed appropriate to the needs of employers in the fields of natural resource management.

Environmental Assessment & Restoration, Natural Resource Compliance, Renewable Resource Management

High School Route
You are required to have an Alberta high school diploma or equivalent including a minimum 55% in

  • ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2
  • Biology 20
  • Chemistry 20
  • Math 30-1 or Math 30-2

Academic Transition Plan
If you do not possess all of the admission requirements, the Academic Transition Plan (ATP) may provide conditional acceptance to this program, provided space is available. ATP is individualized to meet your needs. 

Pre-Program Requirements
Employers may require you to hold a valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid certificate and/or a CPR certificate to be eligible for seasonal and/or permanent employment. You are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term. A Police Information Check may be required to compete for jobs as Conservation Enforcement Officers in Canada.

This program has several majors with differing course requirements. Please see the academic calendar or this year's program planning guide for an up-to-date set of courses related to Environmental Sciences.
Employment opportunities exist in provincial and federal government conservation, enforcement and resource management agencies such as Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Environment, Forest and Fisheries. Graduation from the Environmental Assessment & Restoration and Renewable Resource Management programs also prepare you for jobs in the environmental sciences field with both government and non-government employers, including environmental consulting firms, resource development companies and private conservation organizations.

What is your education going to cost?

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Many programs offered at Medicine Hat College qualify for transfer credits to other institutions. In some cases, you must transfer to another institution to complete your program and gain your credential.

The ACADEMIC CALENDAR has official information on transfer options for each program.
Please consult the calendar or meet with an academic advisor for more information.

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BIOL 254 and BIOL 255 have required field components in September. Should you enrol in these courses, you will be expected to provide your own equipment and supplies. This may include sleeping tent (may be shared with other students), warm sleeping bag, sleeping mat, backpack, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, cooking and eating utensils (may be shared), binoculars, food, field notebook, compass, and hip or chest waders.

In the second year (during September and April), you will be at Lethbridge College completing field courses. In the first year at MHC, you take a combination of first year and second year courses. This can cause issues with scheduling and course conflicts when you are at Lethbridge College, as it is difficult to take year one and two courses at the same time.
In addition to the remaining second year courses, students in certain streams are required to complete courses once at Lethbridge College (Enviromental Assessment and Restoration: LAW 1150 and LAW 1164. Renewable Resource Management: LAW 1150 and GEO 1165).

You are advised to contact advisors at Medicine Hat College and Lethbridge College to ensure you are aware of any scheduling or course conflicts that may prevent you from completing your diploma in two years.