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Environmental Science Technology

Curriculum Description

Science and Math: Environmental Science Technology

Career Cluster: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math

Pathway:  Science and Mathematics

Program Major Environmental Science Technology

Pathway Description:

The Environmental Science Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environmental testing, consulting, remediation, and related industries. Major emphasis is placed on biological and chemical evaluation of societal impact and sustainable management of the environment. Coursework includes optional emphasis in invasive species treatment, and management of the environment.

Coursework includes computer applications, biology, chemistry, industrial safety, water quality, environmental health, and waste management. Coursework specific for Invasive Species includes assessment, management, identification, and control of both invasive plants and animals and GIS/GPS. Coursework specific for Environmental Management includes land resource management, field sampling and analysis, environmental health pathogens, and rural watershed protection.

Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities with numerous positions within the industry.  Employment opportunities include, but not limited to, the following: Chemical and Biological Analysis, Water and Wastewater Treatment, EPA Compliance, Hazardous Material Handling, Contaminated Site Assessment and Remediation, Federal, State, and Local land management agencies, Private conservation organizations, Environmental Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement.

Program Major Description

A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Potential course work includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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

Associate in Applied Science

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POS Approved: Fall 2017

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 111 General Biology I Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
CHM 131 Introduction to Chemistry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
CHM 131A Introduction to Chemistry Lab Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 0 3 0 1
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite 3 0 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 121
OR
Algebra/Trigonometry I Requisite 2 2 0 3
MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite (3) (2) (0) (4)
Totals

Class Hours: 11
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 14

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 112 General Biology II Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 3 0 4
ENV 228 Environmental Issues 1 0 0 1
WAT 110 Basic Wastewater Trmt 2 3 0 3
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
COM 110
OR
Introduction to Communication Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
ENG 112
OR
Writing/Research in the Disc Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
ENG 114 Prof Research & Reporting Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Global Distinction Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
Select one:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
MAT 122
OR
Algebra/Trigonometry II Requisite 2 2 0 3
MAT 263 Brief Calculus Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite (3) (2) (0) (4)
Totals

Class Hours: 11
Lab/Shop Hours: 8
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 14

Summer Term

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
GEL 111 Geology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Universal General Education Transfer Component Requisite 3 2 0 4
WAT 120 Intro to Water Treatment 2 0 0 2
___ ___ Humanities/Fine Arts Elective Comprehensive Articulation Agreement ** ** 0 3
Select a minimum of 3 credit hours:
Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 140
AND
Environmental Biology Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (3) (0) (0) (3)
BIO 140A
OR
Environmental Biology Lab Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite (0) (3) (0) (1)
ENV 110 Environmental Science 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 8
Lab/Shop Hours: 2
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 12

Fall Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
EHS 114 OSHA Regulations 4 0 0 4
ENV 218 Environmental Health Requisite 3 0 0 3
ENV 226 Environmental Law Requisite 3 0 0 3
___ ___ Environmental Science Elective 1 ** ** ** 3
ISC 112 Industrial Safety Requisite 2 0 0 2
Totals

Class Hours: 12
Lab/Shop Hours: 0
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 15

Spring Semester

Course Course Title Class Hours Lab/Shop Hours Clinical/WBL Hours Credit Hours
BIO 240 Waste Management Comprehensive Articulation Agreement Requisite 3 0 0 3
EHS 215 Incident Management 3 2 0 4
ENV 232 Site Assessment and Remediation Requisite 2 3 0 3
___ ___ Environmental Science Elective 2 ** ** ** 3
___ ___ Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3 0 0 3
Totals

Class Hours: 11
Lab/Shop Hours: 5
Clinical/WBL Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 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)
  • : Global Distinction
  • : Requisite(s)

Additional Information

Work-based learning 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 work-based learning 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, GIS 111, GIS 230, WAT 161, WAT 162, WBL 111

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.

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