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Environmental Science Technology

Curriculum Description

The Environmental Science Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environmental testing/consulting and related industries. Major emphasis is placed on biological and chemical evaluation of man’s impact on his environment.

Course work includes general education, computer applications, biology, chemistry, industrial safety, and an extensive array of detailed environmentally specific classes.

Graduates should qualify for numerous positions within the industry. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following: Chemical Analysis, Biological Analysis, Water/Wastewater Treatment, EPA Compliance Inspection, Hazardous Material Handling, Waste Abatement/Removal and Contaminated Site Assessment/Remediation.

The following represents one way in which the program of study can be completed. Students who aren’t able to follow this plan should consult their academic advisor to be sure that they take courses in the best order for their success.

Associate in Applied Science

A20140 REVISED
NC CIP: 03.0104
Day
POS Approved: Fall 2013

Course Course Title HOURS PER WEEK
Class Lab/ Shop Clinical/ Co-op Credit
Fall Semester
BIO 111 General Biology I 3 3 0 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry 3 0 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab 0 3 0 1
ENG 111 Expository Writing 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Algebra/Trigonometry I NEW REQUISITE 2 2 0 3
  OR        
College Algebra NEW REQUISITE (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    11 8 0 14

Spring Semester
BIO 112 General Biology II 3 3 0 4
ENV 228 Environmental Issues 1 0 0 1
WAT 110 Basic Wastewater Trmt 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Introduction to Communication 3 0 0 3
  OR        
Argument-Based Research (3) (0) (0) (3)
  OR        
Prof Research & Reporting (3) (0) (0) (3)
Select one:
Algebra/Trigonometry II 2 2 0 3
  OR        
Brief Calculus (3) (0) (0) (3)
   
    11 8 0 14

Summer Term
GEL 111 Introduction to Geology 3 2 0 4
WAT 120 Intro to Water Treatment 2 0 0 2
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective ** ** 0 3
Select a minimum of 3 credit hours:
Environmental Biology (3) (0) (0) (3)
  AND        
Environmental Biology Lab (0) (3) (0) (1)
  OR        
Environmental Science 3 0 0 3
   
    8 2 0 12

Fall Semester
EHS 114 OSHA Regulations 4 0 0 4
ENV 218 Environmental Health 3 0 0 3
ENV 226 Environmental Law 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Environmental Science Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
ISC 112 Industrial Safety 2 0 0 2
   
    12 0 0 15

Spring Semester
BIO 240 Waste Management NEW 2012 3 0 0 3
EHS 215 Incident Management 3 2 0 4
ENV 232 Site Assessment and Remediation 2 3 0 3
___ ___ Environmental Science Elective 2 ** ** ** 3
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 0 3
   
    11 5 0 16

Total Credit Hours: 71

Legend

  • : Comprehensive Articulation Agreement - This course is recommended for students transferring to a four-year university.
  • : Local Requirement
  • : Instructional Service Agreement
  • : Universal General Education Transfer Component (UGETC)

Additional Information

Cooperative Education may be selected in combination with other course options from the Environmental Science Elective List 2. Students are encouraged to contact the program coordinator for details on how to quality for a cooperative education opportunity.

Environmental Science Electives 1 – Select one: BIO 175, BIO 275, CHM 132, ENV 212, ENV 214, or ENV 222

Environmental Science Electives List 2 – Select a minimum of 2 credit hours: BUS 137, COE 111, GIS 111, GIS 230, WAT 161, or WAT 162

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective — Select one: ART 111, ENG 131, ENG 273, HUM 110, HUM 115, HUM 220, MUS 110, PHI 215, PHI 240, or REL 110. Consult an academic advisor concerning other possible electives.

Social/Behavior Science Elective – Select one: POL 130, PSY 118, PSY 150, or SOC 210

**Hours vary depending on course selection.