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- two year diploma
- starts in September


This program appeals to persons interested in a technically- oriented career with a well-balanced component of field and laboratory work. The emphasis is on soil and water resources and their ecological relationships to other renewable resources.

The program is intended to prepare technicians in fields such as: reclamation of disturbed lands, water management and monitoring, soil survey and analysis, water quality monitoring, environmental audit and EIA and contaminant management including site remediation and decommissioning of sites affected by nitrate, hydrocarbon and heavy metal contamination.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep. 6,Oct. 11,Nov. 11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000


New students are accepted into the Watershed Management two-year diploma program for the Fall term only.

Academic Requirements
Applicants to this option are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent including a minimum 55% in each of: English 30, Chemistry 30, Biology 20 and Math 20. Students may be admitted if Chemistry 30 is completed prior to registration in Term 3. Applicants are required to achieve a minimum 65th percentile in Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic and 70th percentile in Elementary Algebra sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Alternate Admission applicants are required to have received a minimum of 55% in the required high school courses and achieve a minimum 65th percentile in Reading, Sentence Skills, and Arithmetic and 70th percentile in Elementary Algebra sections of the Computerized Placement Test or equivalent.

Non-academic Requirements
Applicants are required to submit a letter of rationale outlining their career goals and an understanding of how the Renewable Resource Management program fulfils their goals. A standard form is mailed to applicants.

Professional Suitability
Work experience or volunteer service directly related to resource management are factors in selecting applicants to the program. An applicant with related work or volunteer experience is encouraged to include either a resume or standard form available from the College, which outlines their experience. Directly related work or volunteer experiences are interpreted as any area included in the program course designations.


Year I Tuition
Studentsı Association
$ 90
$ 94
Books and Supplies

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of program requirements, students are awarded a Diploma in Watershed Management.


Employment can be found with provincial and federal government conservation and resource management agencies such as Parks, Fish and Wildlife, Environment, Forestry and Fisheries. Non-government employers include environmental consulting firms, resource development companies and private conservation organizations.

  • Employers often require that students 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. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.


University of Lethbridge
Graduates of the Environmental Science two-year diploma (Renewable Resource Management or Watershed Management options) can receive two years credit toward a post-diploma Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge. Students who obtain LCC’s Fish and Wildlife Technology post-diploma certificate are eligible for extra credit. Details regarding admission requirements and course selection are listed separately in this Calendar.

University of Montana
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management option may receive up to two years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology (Terrestrial or Aquatic Biology options) from the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana. Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the U of M’s School of Forestry.

University of Northern British Columbia
Graduates of the Renewable Resource Management program may receive up to 1.5 years credit toward a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Management at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Credit depends on academic performance, course selection and approval of course equivalencies by the UNBC Program Leader of Forestry for degree specializations (Forestry, Fisheries, Wildlife and Outdoor Recreation).

Interested students can obtain further information on these partnerships from the LCC Environmental Science Program Leader or Student and Enrollment Services.


First Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 154 Plant Taxonomy (2-2) 4
ENG 155 Scientific and Technical Writing (3-0) 3
RRM 196 Map and Aerial Photo Interpretation (3-2) 5
RRM 266 Physical Geology (3-2) 5
SUR 150 Land Survey (1-4) 5
Total 22 credits

  • Many courses within the program require computer competency to complete assignments. Where students lack these skills on entry, enrolment in CPU 151 becomes mandatory.

Second Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 255 Ecology (3-2) 5
RRM 253 Soil Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 255 Water Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 276 Geographic Information Systems (4-0) 4
STS 251 Statistical Methods (3-1) 4
Total 23 credits

Third Term Hours/Week Credits
BIO 159 Aquatic Biology (2-2) 4
RRM 254 Range Resources (3-2) 5
RRM 263 Soil Chemistry (3-2) 5
RRM 264 Forest Management (3-2) 5
RRM 296 Advanced GIS (3-2) 5
Total 24 credits

Fourth Term Hours/Week Credits
RRM 260 Seminar (1-0) 1
RRM 275 Water Quality (3-2) 5
RRM 280 Contaminant Management (3-2) 5
RRM 290 Site Reclamation and Restoration (3-2) 5
RRM 295 Hydrogeology (3-2) 5
RRM 297 Environmental Impact Assessment (3-2) 5
Total 26 credits

Prospective students are advised to research their chosen option thoroughly before applying for admission. Students are not allowed to change options after acceptance.

During the second year, students are off-campus completing field courses most of September and April. It is extremely difficult to take Year I and Year II courses simultaneously. Students are advised to complete all Year I courses before proceeding to Year II. The following second-year courses have a field component. In the Fall term, field trips are primarily in September, while in the Winter term, field trips typically occur in April.

BIO 159 Aquatic Biology
RRM 253 Soil Resources
RRM 254 Range Resources
RRM 255 Water Resources
RRM 258 Principles of Wildlife Biology
RRM 259 Principles of Fishery Science
RRM 264 Forest Management
RRM 266 Physical Geology
RRM 280 Contaminant Management
RRM 295 Hydrogeology
RRM 297 Environmental Impact Assessment

Students enrolled in the above courses are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This may include: warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad, tent (may be shared with other students), ruck sack or duffle bag for gear, adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, binoculars, cooking and eating gear (may be shared), food, field notebook, compass, and hip or chest waders.

Fieldwork schedules are dependent on many variables and often require students to participate on weekends. All program fieldtrips require mandatory attendance. Lab and class schedules are also extended when related to field activities.





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