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  • Five-year joint diploma/degree program with the University of Winnipeg
  • September entry date
  • Annual application deadline: March 1 
  • Notre Dame Campus, Winnipeg
  • Co-op work experience
  • Credit transfer opportunities: Athabasca University

This program provides you with both theoretical and applied knowledge in environmental analysis and problem solving. It prepares you for a career in environmental industries.

The first 60 credit hours and the last 30 credit hours of the program will be completed at the University of Winnipeg.

Sixty (60) credit hours will be completed at Red River College Polytechnic in the middle of the joint program.

For more information, visit the Applied & Joint Programs webpage.

Admission Requirements

Annual application deadline: March 1 

You must apply directly to the University of Winnipeg (U of W), and meet the university's admission requirements.

After you complete Years 1 and 2 at the U of W, you must submit an application to Red River College for the third year of the program. The application deadline is March 1 of the year in which you wish to enrol at the College. 

Regular Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Year 2 of the University of Winnipeg's Applied Environmental Science Program
    • Submit proof of successful completion of Year 2 of the University of Winnipeg's Applied Environmental Science program.
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Books and Supplies
Year 1
1To determine the total cost for the program/student fees and books/supplies, the costs at the U of W for Years 1, 2, & 4 must be added to these figures.

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
CIVC-1044Project Administration
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The project management portion of this course will introduce the nine knowledge areas and five process groups which comprise Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge. Students will learn to apply a variety of tools and techniques used in the management of projects. Students will also learn to use the basics of Microsoft Project to plan, schedule and track projects. The second part of this course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the content and organization of the contract documents, and how they are used in the estimating, bidding and construction phases of a project. Students will learn the basic procedures for preparing detailed quantity take-offs, pricing of labour and materials, and calculation of general expenses. Also covered will be an introduction to the various contract administration procedures and processes.

CIVL-2006Geo-Environmental Fundamentals
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This course will assist you in classifying soil, computation of mass/volume relationships, defining basic groundwater terminology and developing and executing an environmental sampling program. You will be able to classify a soil using the Unified and AASTHO methods, calculate basic soil properties and perform fundamental groundwater flow calculations. You will be able to design an environmental sampling program and use a variety of environmental sampling equipment.

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CIVL-2007Environmental Management
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Organizations are realizing the benefits and importance of developing and implementing an effective Environmental Management System to address sustainable initiatives, targets, and meet or exceed operational regulations. Students will follow the ISO 14001 standard to develop key components of an EMS with special consideration given to the Deming Cycle principle. Emphasis will be placed on developing an environmental policy, analyzing aspects and impacts, and creating an Emergency Response and Preparedness plan. Additionally, this course will explore Phase I, II and III Environmental Site Assessments; providing students an opportunity to analyze and apply appropriate environmental guidelines in varying scenarios. Finally, Environmental Impact Assessments will explore the influence of environmental regulations, the process of acquiring operational licenses, performing audits and life cycle assessments.

CIVL-2009Fundamentals of GIS
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This course provides students with the fundamentals of GIS technology including an introduction to digital geography, the basics of digital geographic data and maps, approaches for the input, storage, and editing of digital geographic data, the spatial analysis of digital geographic data, and the methods used for GIS output.  Students will gain practical experience using GIS software across a variety of applications.

CIVL-2012Environmental Analysis
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This course provides fundamental knowledge about the environmental resources, potential sources of pollution and possible strategies for analysis and remediation of the resources. In the first part of the course the basic concepts of minerals, classification and identification of rocks, plate tectonics, Canada’s terrains and geological processes that formed them are briefly explained. The major sources of soil pollution and main techniques for soil analysis and soil remediation are also included in this part. The second part of the course focuses on water resources and water quality management. The characteristics of water resources in Canada and sources of water pollution are included in this part. Also the main strategies for water quality management and water remediation are explained in this part. The third part of the course will focus on sources of air pollution in Canada and air pollution control strategies.  In the last part of the course, the Environmental Legislations concerning civil engineering projects in Canada and Manitoba are discussed.

CIVL-3006Health & Safety
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This course deals with health and safety issues in the workplace. Students will learn the appropriate methods to identify, monitor and evaluate workplace health hazards and to develop control measures to eliminate their harmful effects. Students will be introduced to the health and safety related Acts and Regulations for workplace compliance. Besides academic knowledge, this course stresses on research. Students will be learning how to find relevant information pertaining to safe work procedures and need to be able to identify the causes of workplace accidents. Students will need to give a presentation on a specific occupational health hazard.

CIVL-3007Waste Management
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This course will provide an in-depth look at solid waste and industrial waste management with emphasis on management processes, practices and applications.

CIVL-3008Water & Waste Water
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This course consists of four modules (A) Water Distribution (B) Water Treatment (C) Wastewater Collection (D) Wastewater Treatment. Module A covers the hydraulic principles of pressure flow and the design/layout of a municipal water distribution system. Module B explains the principles of water treatment and applies these principles in the preliminary design of a municipal water treatment plant. Module C includes the basic hydraulics of gravity flow and the design/layout of a municipal wastewater/storm water collection system. Module D defines different types of wastewater pumping stations, explains wastewater characteristics and covers the preliminary design of a wastewater treatment plant and facultative lagoon.

CIVL-3011Remote Sensing & Digital Photo
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This course is an introduction to image processing and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery. Lectures focus on the electromagnetic spectrum, image classification, photogrammetry, and an introduction to optical, radar, and lidar sensors. The course will also include optical image classification procedures, classification error evaluation, image interpretation, image display, image filtering, DEM production from stero-pair imagery, and orthoimage production.

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This course introduces students to the study of hydrology and focuses on the physical process of water movement via precipitation, interception, evaporation, runoff, infiltration, groundwater flow and stream flow. Appropriate hydrologic models will be discussed in this course. Since hydrology is a quantitative science, assignments involving calculations using Excel form is an important part of the course.


CO-OP/Practicum Information

Co-operative education integrates classroom theory with related on-the-job-training by alternating terms of academic study and employment.

The co-operative education option will include paid work terms in environmental studies related positions. Enrolment in this path is limited dependent on the availability of positions. You must meet the co-op education criteria and apply through your faculty advisor at the University of Winnipeg.

Computer/Laptop Requirements

Online learning is a critical component of course delivery in all Red River College Polytechnic programs. To ensure each student has the tools they need to achieve their academic goals, all Red River College Polytechnic students require, at minimum:

1.  Off-campus access to a current computer with a webcam

2.  A high speed internet connection

• Recommended minimum speed: 10 mbps for download, 3 mbps for upload
• Slower internet connection speeds may result in audio and video issues. Please keep in mind that if others in your home are using the same internet connection at the same time as you are, you may also experience audio and video issues.
• Please refer to https://www.rrc.ca/future-students/computer-requirements/ for further information on Computer Requirements for Students.

Please note that any anticipated costs are not included in Books and Supplies estimates.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

The following university offers credit for the Applied Environmental Studies program.

Athabasca University

  • Credits toward a Bachelor of Science

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Employment Potential

Graduates may find employment opportunities in the traditional science-based industries, the health care products industry, and the environmental industry.
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