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 I applied and got accepted. I didn’t know at the time, but I was making one of the best decisions I would ever make. Durham College was remarka [...]

Philip Gleeson
Environmental Technology
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I loved every minute of my program and Durham College. Enjoying working in my field!! :) Success really does matter ;)

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Environmental Technology
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Durham College is in a great location and the campus was beautiful. Everyone I visited was really friendly and helpful. Also the Campus Recreation [...]

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Environmental Technology
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The instructors in the Environmental Technology program are what make it such a success. They have diverse backgrounds in consulting, industry and [...]

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Environmental Technology (compressed fast-track)

Environmental Technology

Environmental Technology

Environmental Technology

Environmental Technology

There is growing disconnect between humans and the environment, but well-trained environmental technologists are looking for solutions as pressures from population, industry and society continue to stress our ecosystem. Equipped with knowledge of how dangerous the use of chemicals and the overuse of resources can be, technologists provide innovative ways to reduce human impact on the environment and work toward a more sustainable way of living.

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Program Description

This dynamic program focuses on the chemical and biological sciences as they relate to environmental pollution. An emphasis is placed on ground and surface water quality, soil and waste management and recycling in urban and industrial settings. You will also examine environmental regulations and review their social and economic impacts on communities.

Training and experience in the handling, analysis and monitoring of a wide variety of biological and chemical parameters linked to pollution are at the heart of this program. First-hand field and laboratory experience is emphasized in areas such as:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Microbiology
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Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Mature Student Status
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)
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Career Options


  • Environmental compliance technologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental microbiology technologist
  • Environmental technologist
  • Hazardous waste technologist
  • Junior environmental officer
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Wastewater operator


  • Air monitoring consultants
  • Conservation authorities
  • Energy generation and distribution
  • Environmental engineering and consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Industrial laboratories
  • Waste management
  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$190$190
Total Fees:$4,181$14,353

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Field Placement

Your learning experience will be complemented by a field placement in your third year, which will enable you to work in the environmental industry and utilize your newly acquired skills, gaining valuable knowledge and industry-related experience.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Trent University (Trent) Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environment and Resource Science 

Qualified graduates of this program with a minimum 75 per cent average can apply to Trent’s Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environment and Resource Science program. You can apply to this program through the Ontario Universities Application Centre website ( using the program code RBX (Trent in Oshawa) or RSV (Peterborough campus).

If you are a domestic or internationally educated student with a Bachelor of Science degree, you may be eligible for the fast-track delivery.

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities.

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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Students applying to this program may be eligible to apply for the W. Garfield Weston Foundation Award. Qualified recipients of the award will receive $5,000 per year, for up to two years, including $1,500 for tuition and $3,500 for other expenses such as travel, food, books, tools and supplies. For more information, please visit the award page.

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  • code: ENVT
  • Program length: Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Science & Engineering Technology (SET)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,851 (CDN)
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