|Are environmental science grads eligible for professional certification?|
Yes, all of the majors are and the applied degree are.
Lakeland College is only one of 8 post-secondary institutions in Canada accredited by ECO Canada.
If you graduate from the environmental science diploma program, you are prepared to become an Environmental Professional (EP).
Graduates of the applied degree program:
|I hear that we do a lot of labs outside. What kind of clothing, equipment and other supplies do I need?|
You will receive a list of what you need for your particular program. Here are some of the basics.
Indoor labs, and sometimes outdoor labs, required a lab coat and safety eye wear. You can buy both in our bookstore.
Field botany labs require small gardening shears and a plant press. You can buy the shears anywhere and plant processes can be borrowed at Lakeland.
Because field labs run regardless of weather, you need to make sure you can stay dry and comfortable (cool or warm). This is the minimum of personal gear we recommend:
Optional are a camera and a pocket field lens.
In second year, if you go on industrial field trips, you will also need this personal protective equipment (PPE). Lakeland College has a limited number of these resources (except steel-toed boots). Equipment may not be available in your size. If you have your own PPE, bring it with you. Or, consider purchasing it. You will need it on the job:
If you are in wildlife and fisheries conservation, this equipment is useful, but optional.
|Any recommendations for steel-toed boots?|
Steel-toed rubber boots, with winter linings work well for wet, cold or muddy sites.
Steel-toed hiking boots work well for other weather conditions.
At a minimum you should buy at least one of these two types of boots.
|Can I drive on a field trip?|
Yes, We need drivers. But, in order to drive, the college needs to have a driver's abstract on file.
If you are from Alberta, we can do the paperwork when you get to Lakeland.
If you aren't from Alberta, please request a driver's abstract from your licensing agency. If there's a cost, please keep the receipt and bring it with you. Don't forget the abstract.
|Do we have contact with industry during our program?|
You'll interact with professionals in government, industry, environmental companies and non-government agencies on field trips, at workshops and conferences, and with guest speakers who come to campus. Often those guest speakers are alumni who come back to share their experience and talk about career opportunities as well as emerging technologies and best practices.
In the applied degree program, our practicum partners are key to the second year of the program. Without them, you aren't able to do a practicum placement.
|Do we get any safety or other training as part of our program?|
When you go into the workforce, you'll need a variety of safety certificates. This varies by program.
CARE & ECR majors
Water Conservation & Management major
Wildlife & Fisheries major
|How do the applied degree practicums work?|
You are required to complete two 16-week practica.
Although the practicum coordinator assists you, the college doesn't guarantee placing you in a paid practicum position with industry or a government agency. You must actively look for your practicum positions.
During your practicums, you are responsible for your own travel and accommodation.
|What's the Capstone presentation I have to do to complete my degree?|
Capstone presentations are major technical reports.
These presentations are the final step in fulfilling the program’s graduation requirements.
The reports incorporate academic knowledge and practical experience from your 8-month work placements with host industry agencies.
Capstones are now part of an annual environmental management conference in March.
You'll make your presentation to your peers, instructors and industry through a power-point presentation. You'll also answer questions.
|Is all of the renewable energy program online?|
There's a single exception if you take the diploma program. You'll come to our Research Centre for an on-site lab. This will be approximately 5 days.
|Is the renewable energy program part-time or full-time?|
That's up to you.
Each course is 8 weeks in length. Only 2 are offered in each period.
You may enroll full time and follow the sequence of courses.
Or, enrol part- time and take selected courses of interest as they are offered.
|Do I have to start the renewable energy program with a specific course?|
|No. We recommend that you start with RC200 Basic Energy Principles. It's a prerequisite for a number of the certificate courses. There are a few other options. Check out the courses page for more details.|
|What are the basic requirements to take an online course?|
A high speed internet connection is a must.
You also need to have a good working knowledge of your computer and to use it. You'll be using a the college's learning management system, D2L.
You'll be able to borrow books either to read online or order via interlibrary loans.
|Can I get hands--on skills from an online course?|
With the diploma, you actual do come to our Vermilion campus for a lab where you learn hands-on skills.
|If I need Microsoft Office programs on my personal computer, which version should I purchase?|
Save money, because you don't have to purchase a student version, or any version, of Microsoft Office.
Even better, you may install Office 365 on up to 5 devices for your personal use, as long as you're a Lakeland student.
Learn more on the lakeland edu email page.