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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.

Process Engineering option

The Process Engineering option will interest students who would enjoy an increased emphasis on chemical and biochemical processes, with a more in-depth introduction to engineering principles and design software. The strong core courses will ensure that the graduates have sufficient knowledge to compete for jobs in analytical laboratories too, if that later becomes their choice. It is anticipated that graduates who choose to continue into degree studies would be able to choose from BEng (chemical engineering) programs as well as 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.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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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 enroll 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 TE 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.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

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

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through re-admission. Please note that applications are considered based on:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Submit the Technology Re-admission Form [PDF] with your application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for 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.


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) - Process Engineering Option Credits
  CENV 3300 Bioprocess Engineering Technology 2.0
  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 3346 Paper and Chemicals from Renewable Resources 6.0
  CHEM 3310 Physical Chemistry 5.0
  ELEX 2830 Process Measurements and Control 4.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) - Process Engineering Option Credits
  CENV 0460 Ethics for Technologists 0.0
  CENV 4400 Applied Research Project 3.5
  CENV 4401 Practicum 4.5
  CENV 4403 Process Simulation 3.5
  CENV 4414 Mineral Processing 6.0
  CENV 4419 Instrumental Analysis for Process Engineering 6.0
  CENV 4433 Water Use and Treatment 3.5
  CENV 4441 Chemical Engineering Technology 2 6.0
  COMM 2135 Technical Communication 2 3.5
  MATH 4416 Differential Equations and Numerical Methods for CENV Technology 5.0
Total Credits: 140.5

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.


Students may apply for student membership with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Graduates may apply to ASTTBC for registration as an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).

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 BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

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Faculty, Advisors & Staff


Lynn Erickson, PhD, PEng
Program Head

Rodger Beatson, PhD

Amir M. Dehkhoda, PhD

Farzan Ghaffari, PhD, PEng

Yassaman Babaee, PhD

Hamed Karimi Sharif, PhD, PEng

Elaine Woo, BSc, Certified Assayer

Assistant Instructors

Harry Chang, MSc

Arvinder Dhaliwal, BSc


Paul Morrison, DipIT, BEng, ASct
Associate Dean

Jill Simmons
Administrative Assistant

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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