Pathway Summary


Pathway ID
Pathway Title
Water Quality Technician to Bachelor of Science (Honours), Water Sciences
Pathway Last Updated

Sending Institution Information

Sending Institution
Durham College
Science and Engineering Technology
Program Area
Program Title
Water Quality Technician

Receiving Institution Information

Receiving Institution
Trent University
Science and Technology
Program Area
Energy, Environment, Natural Resources
Program Title
Water Sciences

Contact Procedures

Recruitment and Admissions Office
Trent University

Pathway Details

Terms for renewal or cancellation

This agreement is subject to review whenever either party makes curricular changes that impact the agreement. When a change occurs, the program department(s) will notify their respective articulation designates so that the agreement can be updated. Articulation designates at each institution will review the agreement annually to ensure it is current.

This Agreement may only be amended in writing signed by authorized representatives of the parties.  This Agreement replaces any prior oral or written agreements or other communication between the parties with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement.

This agreement will take effect in May 2018 and will have an expiry date of 5 years from implementation, May 2023. The articulation designates at each institution will begin a full agreement review in May 2022 to ensure seamless continuation, should this be desired by both parties.

This Agreement may be terminated by either party. In this case, notice of one year is required. In the event of termination of the Agreement, every effort will be made to ensure that students currently enrolled in the program will not be affected.

Eligibility for Pathway

To qualify for this agreement students must have:
• Successfully completed Durham College’s Water Quality Technician Diploma Program;
• A minimum overall average of 75%.

Students must meet all specific admission, enrollment standards, and requirements for the program and will be accepted subject to capacity if applicable.

Credit transfer

Students commencing studies in the Water Quality Technician Diploma program since Fall 2017 will receive the following 5.0 transfer credits:

  • 0.5 ERSC 1010H: Foundations of Environmental Science and Studies
  • 0.5 ERSC 1020H: Cases in Environmental Science and Studies
  • 0.5 GEOG 1040H: Earth’s Physical Processes and Environment
  • 0.5 GEOG 2530H: Water Resources
  • 0.5 WASC 2000H: Water Policy
  • 0.5 unassigned Science credit at the 1000 level
  • 1.0 unassigned Science credit at the 2000 level
  • 0.5 unassigned Science credit at the 3000 level
  • 0.5 unassigned Arts unassigned 2000 level

Refer to the most recent version of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar for course descriptions:

Credits that must be achieved at the receiving institution

Students must complete the following credits:

- 0.5 BIOL 1020H - Foundations of Biodiversity

- 0.5 BIOL 1030H - Foundations of Cellular and Molecular Biology

- 0.5 BIOL 2260H - Introductory Ecology

- 0.5 BIOL 3050H - Limnology

- 0.5 BIOL 4330H - Global Change of Aquatic Ecosystems

- 0.5 CHEM 1000H - Introductory Chemistry I

- 0.5 CHEM 1010H - Introductory Chemistry II

- 0.5 CHEM 2620H - Aquatic Environmental Chemistry

- 0.5 ERSC 2240H - Ecological Assessment for Natural Resource Management

- 0.5 ERSC 3510H - Ecology and Management of Wetland Systems

- 0.5 ERSC 3701H - Introduction to Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (or 3700Y)

- 0.5 ERSC 4060H - The Geochemistry of Natural Waters

- 0.5 GEOG-ERSC-BIOL 2080H - Natural Science Statistics

- 0.5 GEOG 2090H - Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

- 0.5 GEOG 2460H - The Global Climate System

- 0.5 GEOG 3530H - Hydrology

- 0.5 MATH 1051H - Non-Calculus Statistics I: Elementary Probability and Statistics

- 0.5 MATH 1052H - Non-Calculus Statistics II: Elementary Statistical Methods

- 1.0 credit from: BIOL 2000H - Methods of Biological Inquiry, BIOL 2070H - Cell Biology, CHEM 2400H - Analytical Chemistry, CHEM 2500H - Elements of Physical Chemistry: Quantum Mechanics and Reaction Kinetics, ERSC 2230H - Environmental Assessment: Sampling and Analysis, or GEOG 2540H - Process Geomorphology

- 2.0 credits from: BIOL 3050H - Limnology, BIOL 3140H - Fish Ecology, BIOL 3190H - Microbiology, BIOL 3340H - Herpetology, BIOL-ERSC 3380H - Advanced Ecology, BIOL 4150H - Biology of Marine Mammals, CHEM-ERSC 3600H - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry, CHEM-ERSC 3610H - Ocean and River Chemistry, CHEM 4011H/4012H - Project Course in Chemistry, CHEM 4520H - Principles of Water Science and Technology, ERST 3000H - Environmental Professional Practice, ERSC 3702H - Chemical Hazards in the Environment, ERSC-BIOL-GEOG 4070H - The Fate of Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment, ERSC-BIOL 4240H - Fisheries Assessment and Management, ERSC 4520H - Restoration Ecology, ERSC 4530H - Remediation and Reclamation of Sites, GEOG 3410H - Climate Change: The Physical Basis, GEOG 3420H - Snow and Ice, GEOG 3540H - River Environments and Processes, GEOG 3560H - Soil Sciences, GEOG 3860H - Field Research in Geography, GEOG 4080H - Hyrdogeology

- At least 1.0 credit from: BIOL 3850H/3851H/3852H/3853H - Field Course, BIOL 4010Y/4020D - Research Thesis, BIOL-ERSC 4030H - Research Design and Data Analysis, CHEM 4010Y/4020D - Project Course in Chemistry, ERSC 3160H - Community-Based Natural Resource Management, ERSC 3220H - Community Engaged Lacustrine Shoreline Assessment and Monitoring, ERSC-IDST 3230H - Environmental Problems and Solutions in Small Island Developing States: A Field Course, ERSC 3905Y/3906H - Field Course Research Project, ERSC 4905/4906H - Field Course Research Project, ERSC 4010Y/4020D - Honours Thesis, ERSC-GEOG 4640H - Integrated Watershed Management: Approaches and Methods, ERSC-GEOG-WASC 4703H - Senior Seminar in Environmental Politics, ERSC 4830Y - Community-Based Research Project, GEOG 4010Y/4020D - Honours Thesis, GEOG 4830Y (or 4030Y) Community-Based Research in Geography

- 0.5 credit from the Approved Indigenous Course List

- 1.5 elective credits, including at least 0.5 credit at the 3000 level or above

Degree requirements are subject to change. Refer to the most recent version of the Academic Calendar for course descriptions and degree requirements, which apply to all undergraduate programs.

Anticipated normal schedule of student progression

3 years

Credential(s) to be granted on successful completion of all required components

Bachelor of Science (Honours), Water Sciences

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