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Overview

Delivery mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
  • Your education is our priority, and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

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.

Entrance Requirements

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.

Advanced Placement

Costs & Supplies

Courses

Program 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

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Faculty

Lynn Erickson, PhD, PEng
Program Head
Tel: 604-456-1102
Email: Lynn_Erickson@bcit.ca

Rodger Beatson, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8951
Email: Rodger_Beatson@bcit.ca

Amir M. Dehkhoda, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8550
Email: adehkhoda@bcit.ca

Farzan Ghaffari, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-451-6847
Email: Farzan_Ghaffari@bcit.ca

Yassaman Babaee, PhD
Tel: 604-432-8258
Email: fbabaee@bcit.ca

Hamed Karimi Sharif, PhD, PEng
Tel: 604-432-8326
Email: hkarimisharif@bcit.ca

Elaine Woo, BSc, Certified Assayer
Tel: 604-432-8393
Email: Elaine_Woo@bcit.ca

Assistant Instructors

Harry Chang, MSc
Tel: 604-456-8186
Email: Harry_Chang@bcit.ca

Arvinder Dhaliwal, BSc
Tel: 604-432-8401
Email: Arvinder_Dhaliwal@bcit.ca

Staff

Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Interim Associate Dean
Tel: 604-432-8488
Email: Paul_Morrison@bcit.ca

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant
Tel: 604-456-8052
Email: Jill_Simmons@bcit.ca

Advisory committee

Paul Bicho
Manager, Innovation and Optimization, Canfor Pulp Innovation
Ish Grewal
Executive Vice President, Enviroleach Technologies Inc.
Aaron Hineman
Inorganic Product Line Leader, Perkin Elmer Life and Analytical Sciences Ltd
David Houghton
Project Engineer, AECOM
Richard Jornitz
Consulting Scientist, Maxxam Analytics
Oge Moss
Environment Technician, Vancouver Airport Authority
Lawrence Ng
Vice President Global Minerals, SGS Canada
Scott Varley
Manager, CESL Operations, Teck Resources Limited

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