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Environmental Programs First-year Requirements

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 71 to 73

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

Student Loans: This program is eligible for Student Loans - details here

Credential Received

Diploma in Forest Technology

Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning

Diploma in Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology


Program Summary

Our nationally-accredited environmental science programs offer you a common first year where you will study alongside all School of Environment and Geomatics students, after choosing and being accepted into one of our three diplomas. After completing your core competencies, you will move into your selected diploma program for a specialized second year. We focus on experiential, hands-on outdoor learning in each of these nationally-accredited environmental science programs.

Program Admission Requirements

Academic Requirements

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.

Additional Requirements

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.

Students must choose their major at the time of application.

Graduation and Promotion

In order to receive your credential in your program you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.00.

Program Courses

Students entering the Forestry Technology, Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife, or Integrated Environmental Planning Programs have a common first year. Once you have completed your common first year the second year course are:

Forestry Technology

Integrated Environmental Planning

Recreation, Fish, and Wildlife


Term 1

Required first year common courses

ENVR150Hydrology I


ENVR160Surveying & Field Measurements


ENVR162Applied Botany and Ecosystem Classification


ENVR164Soil and Earth Sciences


ENVR190Computer Applications I


MATH160Technical Math Review


TWC150Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications I


Term 2

Required first year common courses

ENVR154Maps and Navigation


ENVR158Introduction to Geomatics


ENVR163Terrestrial Ecology and Biology


ENVR170Fish and Wildlife Ecology


MATH190Resource Statistics I


TWC151Introduction to Technical Writing and Communications II


Depending on the major you have chosen the following are required first year courses, for your specific major, in addition to the required first year common courses

Forestry Technology Major

FOR278ForestryTechnology Field School


Integrated Environmental Planning Major

IEP276Ecological Restoration and Remediation


IEP277Environmental Planning Field Applications


Recreation, Fish and Wildlife Technology Major

RFW255Spring Field School