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Integrated Environmental Planning – Diploma

Program Details

Length: 2 years

Total Credits: 73

Intake Terms: Fall

Campus: Castlegar

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Credential Received

Diploma in Integrated Environmental Planning


Program Summary

Our nationally-accredited Integrated Environment Planning (IEP) 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.

The Integrated Environmental Planning (IEP) 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.

Common first year course must be completed before moving into second year courses. For first year course and admission requirements see the Environmental Programs page.

Program Outcomes

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.

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.

Common first year courses must be completed before moving into second year courses. See the Environmental Programs page for first-year course information.

Graduation and Promotion

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

Program Courses

Term 3

Required second year courses

IEP250Environmental Planning Applications I


IEP260Systems Ecology


IEP266Applied Microbiology


IEP270GIS Applications I


IEP280Environmental Chemistry


MATH291Resource Statistics II


Term 4

Required second year courses

IEP251Integrated Planning Applications II


IEP255Hydrology II


IEP271GIS Applications II


IEP281Water and Air Pollution Chemistry


IEP290Environmental Sustainability


IEP291Applied Research Project


IEP200Field Trip Study


Elective Courses

Choose one of these courses
MATH100Calculus I


MATH140Calculus I for Social Sciences


ENVR250Indigenous Peoples of Canada and Environmental Management


RFW251Environmental Legislation and Policy