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Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
This is a new Bachelor of Applied Science degree program in partnership with a Campus Alberta University that is two years in duration, 4 semesters of full-time study, for a total of 60 credit hours. The degree will be offered in collaboration with a Campus Alberta University and 25% of the curriculum will involve students undertaking studies at the Campus Alberta University. Students will enter the Bachelor of Applied Science in Ecosystem Management upon completion of a 60 credit diploma. Current Lethbridge College students will be able to ladder into the degree from the Environmental Assessment and Restoration and Renewable Resource Management diplomas or transfer from other suitable diploma program from an approved transfer institution. The purpose and format of the degree is to meet current and future demand for qualified graduates in the environmental sector, particularly in the rapidly expanding fields of environmental assessment and natural resource management. Our ongoing dialogue with industry clearly illustrates industry's demand for employees with technical and field skills such as those currently provided in Lethbridge College's applied diplomas in the environmental sciences. Labor market studies clearly show looming labor shortages in the environmental sector that graduates from Canadian environmental programs will only partially fill. There will be a growing need for higher-level applied skills relating to environmental planning, operations, and management through to the professional level that will only be partially met by the new degree. The proposed degree will also complement our existing Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Conservation Enforcement and create new "2 + 2" transfer opportunities with other Alberta and regional post-secondary institutions.

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelors
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
General Admission Requirements:
All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Academic Requirements:
Students who have completed either the Environmental Assessment and Restoration or the Renewable Resource Management diplomas from Lethbridge College will be accepted directly into the Ecosystem Management – Bachelor of Applied Science program. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for admission. 

Transfer students are required to have a diploma in Environmental Sciences or equivalent, or a related bachelor’s degree in an area such as Resource Management, Biology, Environmental Studies or a similar area of study.
Transfer students with related credentials will be accepted into the program after being assessed on an individual basis to determine whether they are required to take bridging courses to meet degree outcomes. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for admission.

Note: New third-year students, or transfer students with advance standing through completion of a related diploma, are accepted into the program in September of each year for on-campus study.

Your Investment: Students are responsible for the cost of the field trips relating to this program.

Supplies for Field Studies: Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes:
  • warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad
  • tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation)
  • back pack for gear
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, work gloves
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • food
  • binoculars
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • orienteering compass
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • safety glasses (3rd year)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler
Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.

Other Required Supplies: 
Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:
  • Lab coat, safety glasses, Douglas protractor, “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book, 16X hand lens, dissection kit, metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations.  
Available from Sporting, Hardware, and Office Supply Stores:
  • Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw), clipboard, 4 GB or higher USB memory stick, chest waders, scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range), 12 or more colored pencils (pencil crayons), binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification), 30 cm metric steel ruler. 
For additional information concerning supplies, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202, Extension 5594.

Note: Students will be expected to complete non-credit environmental field techniques courses as part of the requirement to complete the program. Courses such as ATV operations, H2S Alive, small engine repair, electro-fishing, etc. will occur as part of field trip season activities. Students will be responsible for the fees associated with these courses. Prior valid training possessed by students will be considered for recognition.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated September 08, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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