ENV 101 Introduction to Environmental Technology (4 credits)

This course provides an overview of the environmental technology field and also serves as the introductory course for the Environmental Technology program. The course applies the chemical, geological and biological sciences to environmental issues, and relates these issues to various possible career paths. Topics covered in the course include: governmental processes; hazardous materials, pollution, and related health effects; basic ecology; hazardous and non-hazardous waste disposal; biofuels and alternative energy technologies. In addition, the laboratory portion of the course will provide hands-on experience with work associated with the environmental industry. This course is the introductory course for both the biotechnology and geoscience options of the Environmental Technology AAS degree program. Three hours lecture and three hours laboratory per week.

ENV 103 Introduction to GIS (3 credits)

This course introduces fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and the major functionality contained within current integrated GIS software. In course exercises, students follow the GIS analytical process and work with a variety of software tools to solve realistic mapping problems. This course emphasizes practical GIS and GPS (Geographic Positioning System) skills. GIS is now used in fields as diverse as emergency management, law enforcement, business, engineering, etc. ENV 103 is a required course for the Environmental Technology AAS degree program.

ENV 104 Applied GIS (3 credits)

This course applies fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and the major functionality contained within GIS Desktop software, as well as its extensions, Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst, building on the concepts covered in ENV 103. In course exercises, students follow the GIS analytical process and work with a variety of tools to solve realistic environmental problems, eventually presenting the result of an independent project in a professional grade presentation. This course emphasizes practical GIS and GPS (Geographic Positioning System) skills. ENV 104 is an elective course for the Environmental Technology AAS degree program. Prerequisite: ENV 103.

ENV 110 Field Experience in Environmental Technology - Geoscience (1 credits)

A one credit field course designed for those students contemplating a career in Environmental Technology. The class will visit active, unrestricted sites currently undergoing remediation for soil and/or water contamination. Sampling protocols and proper field notetaking will be practiced. Two classroom sessions and two all day field trips during the fall semester.

ENV 162 Biofuels, Biomaterials, and Alternative Energy Technologies (3 credits)

This course will provide a general overview of various current and emerging bio-based and other sustainable technologies for the production of energy, fuels, and materials. ENV 162 will introduce the fundamentals of the biorefinery concept for sustainable manufacturing, along with more detailed investigations of specific bioprocesses and renewable energy technologies. Specifically, the course will highlight several biomaterials (i.e. bio-plastics, -chemicals, -pharmaceuticals), biofuels (i.e. bio-ethanol, -butanol, -methanol, -diesel, -methane, and - hydrogen), and alternative energy technologies (i.e. wind, solar, hydrological, geothermal, and fuel cells). Prerequisite: CHE 171 (formerly CHE 103) or BIO 151.

ENV 165 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (2 credits)

This course provides a comprehensive overview, covering all facets of hazardous waste management and emergency response. Topics include practical exercises and training, which may be applied to business, industry, construction and institutions, including Federal and State rules and regulations, handling procedures and proper operation of a designated waste facility, storage, labeling, manifesting, shipment, employee training, proper use of safety equipment, emergency response procedures (spills response and clean up), cost-effective waste reduction, and environmental reporting procedures. This course is offered as a one week 40-hour course over the winter intersession and will provide 40-Hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification as specified in OSHA 29CFR 1910.120.

ENV 201 Internship in Environmental Technology (2 credits)

This course is designed for students in their last semester of the ENV.AAS degree program, enabling them to gain real world experience with a private consulting firm or government agency. Students will spend a minimum of 40 hours working with a qualifying business or agency and attend two three-hour seminars. Prerequisite: ENV 101.

GEO 105 Oceanography (3 credits)

Introductory survey of oceanography relating the physical, chemical, geological, biological, meteorological, and engineering aspects of the field. This course satisfies the science elective requirement of the Math-Science curriculum and also satisfies the science requirement of those curricula which require science. Three class hours or equivalent per week. No prerequisite.

GEO 105L Oceanography Laboratory (1 credits)

Includes investigation of ocean waters in terms of physical and chemical properties, and the interactions of the water on air, sediments, coastal areas, and life forms. This course is intended for those who wish to deepen their understanding of oceanography and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. One three-hour session per week.

GEO 106 Environmental Geology (3 credits)

An introduction to the principles of applied geological science related to solving environmental problems. As such the course provides an introduction into scientific studies of human interaction with the geologic environment, including the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. Topics of study will include human population dynamics, soil generation and erosion, energy and mineral resources and management, waste management and disposal, water resources and water rights, water and air pollution, climate change, and related geologic principles that interact with these environmental problems. This course, along with its optional laboratory course GEO 106L, satisfies the requirements of those curricula demanding a science or laboratory science course. Only GEO 106L may be used with this course to represent a single laboratory science course. GEO 106 consists of three one-hour lectures or equivalent. Prerequisite: MAT 087 or higher.

GEO 106L Environmental Geology Lab (1 credits)

This is a laboratory component to the Environmental Geology lecture (GEO 106). The laboratory provides practical hands-on experience for applied geological problems. Topics of study will involve waste management and methods of waste disposal including: sewage treatment, landfilling, recycling, waste minimization, and incineration. In addition, surface water and ground water hydrogeology will be investigated, especially in terms of groundwater resources. Basic mapping skills will also be investigated. Lastly, laboratory identification of rocks and minerals will be included in laboratories, while considering the economic uses and availability of these rocks & minerals. This course is intended for those who wish a deeper understanding of environmental geology and/or have a laboratory science requirement to satisfy. The class will consist of one three-hour session per week. Prerequisite: MAT 087 or higher; co-requisite GEO 106.

GEO 290 Geology and Marine Ecology of the Bahamas (3 credits)

A semester-long class that includes a 9-day fieldtrip to San Salvador, Bahamas, where students conduct field research and write a research report. Class introduces students to the geology, marine biology, and tropical ecology of San Salvador, Bahamas. Environments, present and past, to be studied by both snorkeling and hiking include: beach, intertidal, coral reef, eolian, and platform interior. Studies include lectures, exercise, and quizzes at OCC and at the Gerace Research Center on San Salvador, Bahamas. Students will conduct field research on a geological, biological, or ecological question with other students, keep a field notebook, and write a research paper when they return to OCC. Prerequisites: Program is open to undergraduate students who have had a college level science course with a laboratory and have permission of the professor. There is an additional course fee that pays for student travel, books, and room and board while in San Salvador, Bahamas.