Analytical Science Option Full-time Diploma 537adiplt

Overview

Note: The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for advanced placement and readmission may be submitted. The next intake will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

Please check our list of programs that may have space available or access our program database for a complete list of BCIT programs.

The program

The Chemical and Environmental Technology diploma program offers the student a broad background in technology and skills that can be applied to many industries. Near the end of their first year in the program, students will choose one of two options: Analytical Science or Process Engineering. These options are not exclusive — all students will have enough exposure to both topic areas to qualify for a full spectrum of varied employment opportunities. Choosing an option allows students to pick an area of interest for increased emphasis while still keeping their future options open.

Core courses

The first-year curriculum is common to both options and emphasizes environmental science, bioprocesses, materials technology, laboratory techniques and safety along with math and science basics. The student is also introduced to environmental science, materials technology, and a wide range of industrial chemical processes. The core second-year subjects for both options include several courses in environmental sampling and analysis, chemical engineering technology, instrumental analysis, physical chemistry, and statistics that will prepare students for employment in a broad range of industries and technical occupations. Students will participate in an industry-sponsored project (practicum or directed studies) in the second year of the program. This may involve work experience activities at the industry sponsor's regular place of business.

Analytical Science option

The Analytical Science option will be of interest to those students who would enjoy an increased emphasis on instrumental laboratory analysis, organic chemistry, environmental regulations, and science. The strong core courses will ensure that graduates have sufficient knowledge to compete for jobs in process areas too, if that later becomes their choice. It is anticipated that graduates who choose to continue into degree studies would be most likely to choose from BTech or BSc degrees.

All Chemical and Environmental Technology graduates will be versatile and be awarded the same Diploma, regardless of their assigned options.

Program Entry

Find out more about getting started in the program!

If the Chemical and Environmental program interests you, review the entrance requirements. If you have questions regarding the entrance requirements and equivalents, please contact Program Advising.

If you qualify, you may want to attend an information session or spend a day exploring the program. You'll meet students and instructors, and get a hands-on feel for what the program is about.

Entrance requirements

This program is open to applications beginning November 1st*. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

*or next business day

  • Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
    • English 12 (67%) or
    • Three credits of post-secondary English, Humanities or Social Sciences (67%) from a recognized institution

    What if I don’t meet these English requirements?

  • Chemistry 12 (73%)
  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (73%)

Apply to program

The September 2014 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for advanced placement and readmission may be submitted.

The next intake will begin accepting applications on November 1, 2014 (or next business day).

Note: Do not specify an option/specialization at the time of application.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.

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All official BCIT correspondence will be sent to your myBCIT account. Check myCommunication often during the application process and throughout your studies at BCIT.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1100
Level 2: $300
Level 3: $450
Level 4: $300

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) - Common Core Credits
Levels 1 and 2 are common to both the Analytical Science and the Process Engineering options.
  CENV 1101 Safety and Technology Workshop 4.0
  CENV 1119 Environmental Science 4.0
  CHEM 1121 General Chemistry for Chemical and Environmental Technology 6.0
  COMM 1135 Technical Communication 1 3.0
  MATH 1412 Technical Mathematics for Chemical and Environmental Technology 5.0
  MECH 1800 Interpreting Engineering Drawings 2.0
  PHYS 1181 Physics for Chemical and Environmental Technology 1 5.0
 
Level 2 (20 weeks) - Common Core Credits
Levels 1 and 2 are common to both the Analytical Science and the Process Engineering options.
  CENV 2200 Bioprocess Fundamentals 4.0
  CENV 2203 Materials Science and Technology 6.5
  CENV 2248 Chemical Engineering Basics 4.0
  CHEM 2204 Chemical Laboratory Techniques 4.0
  CHEM 2409 Organic Chemistry 1 8.0
  MATH 2415 Statistics for CENV Technology 3.5
  MATH 2416 Calculus for CENV Technology 3.5
  PHYS 2181 Physics for Chemical and Environmental Technology 2 6.5
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) - Analytical Science Option Credits
  CENV 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  CENV 3312 Waste Management 3.0
  CENV 3313 Environmental Sampling and Analysis 3.0
  CENV 3318 Classical Analysis and Fire Assaying 5.0
  CENV 3341 Chemical Engineering Technology 1 5.0
  CENV 3348 Industrial Processes and the Environment 3.0
  CHEM 3310 Physical Chemistry 5.0
  CHEM 3409 Organic Chemistry 2 6.0
 
Level 4 (20 weeks) - Analytical Science Option Credits
  CENV 4400 Applied Research Project 3.5
  CENV 4401 Practicum 4.5
  CENV 4411 Pollution Science and Microbiology 6.0
  CENV 4418 Instrumental Inorganic Analysis 6.0
  CENV 4441 Chemical Engineering Technology 2 6.0
  CHEM 4427 Instrumental Organic Analysis 6.0
  COMM 2135 Technical Communication 2 3.5
  MATH 4416 Differential Equations and Numerical Methods for CENV Technology 5.0
 
Total Credits: 139.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time.

Accreditation

The program is currently accredited with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) and the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT). Full-time students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates are eligible for Graduate Technologist (ASTTBC) membership and may apply for registration as an Applied Science Technologist after completing a minimum of two years of relevant experience.

Continue your education

Graduates of the Chemical and Environmental Technology program may go on to earn a degree through the Bachelor of Technology programs at BCIT. Alternatively, the program has excellent transfer credit arrangements for degree completion with several universities. Please contact the department for details.

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

A broad set of skills allows graduates to pursue employment from a wide array of opportunities in many industries. Typical examples include:

  • Chemical/Environmental analysts in commercial, industrial and research labs
  • Research technologists for fuel cell and energy companies
  • Specialists in air/water quality monitoring and remediation for government and consulting firms
  • Production supervisor trainees in production or recycling plants
  • Quality assurance officers for pharmaceutical and process industries
  • Engineering technologists or materials testing specialists for engineering firms
  • Process technologists for producers of chemical, metallurgical, paper, or pharmaceutical products
  • Technical service representatives for chemical or equipment supply companies

Graduate employment outcomes

The following link takes you to graduate outcome survey results containing mostly labour market results from the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates.
Note: The survey results will be displayed in a separate browser window. To view these results, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

  • Kenneth Stubbs, Consultant
  • Matt Levis, Chevron Canada
  • Ish Grewal, MetSolve Process Inc.
  • Aaron Hineman, Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences Ltd.
  • Richard Jornitz, Maxxam Analytics
  • Lawrence Ng, SGS Canada
  • Al Fleming, CD Nova

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