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The Environmental Technology A.A.S. degree is designed to provide students with the skills needed to work in the environmental field or transfer successfully to a 4-year school to continue study in the environmental field. Courses in the program provide skills in statistics, graphical and mathematical analysis, chemical and biotechnical analysis, computer based GIS mapping, and technical writing necessary for the analysis and preparation of scientific reports. In learning these skills, students will be using the latest soil, water, and laboratory testing/monitoring technology and instrumental software to practice proper sampling procedures and documentation methods. In addition, the program offers a range of internship opportunities as part of the coursework so students can continue their hands-on learning. To support these internship opportunities the program offers a 40-hour HazWoper (OSHA) certification.

The program has a core set of foundational courses. Additionally, students have the choice between two specializations: Geoscience or Biotechnology.

  • The Geoscience specialization has advanced courses in hydrology, and either the geosciences and/or geographic information systems (GIS).
  • The Biotechnology specialization has courses in applied biotechnology, other renewable energy sources, and the biological sciences.

Both specializations have electives that allow for some freedom of course selection.