Environmental Sciences & Technology Degree

Provides the necessary skills for a wide range of positions in the environmental science field.

Degree Info at a Glance

Type: AAT or AAS-T

Approx. # of Quarters: 6

Estimated Cost: $9,798.48

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters

Students perform hands-on water-quality monitoring; soil, water, and air sampling; mineral identification; wetland delineation and restoration; geographic information system mapping; and simulated hazardous waste site cleanup operations.

Careers are available in both natural resource conservation and urban/ remediation fields. This program will assist students in preparing for positions with both public and private sector employers. Potential job titles: environmental technician, natural resource technician, hazardous waste worker, hazardous material handler, fisheries technician, and storm water remediation operator.

In addition to the program course requirements, students must also complete the general education requirements for the degree they seek to obtain. The two degree options in this program are the Associate of Applied Technology (AAT) and the Associate in Applied Science–T (AAS-T). The different requirements for each degree are listed below.

AAT Degree General Education Requirements (15 credits)

  • ENGL& 101 English Composition or CMST& 220 (or higher)
  • MAT 105 Math for Industrial Professions (or higher)
  • PSYC& 100DIV General Psychology (PSY 112DIV, SOC& 101DIV, or other humanities course that meets the diversity requirement)

AAS-T Degree general education requirements (20 credits):

All AAS-T degrees must have a minimum of 20 credits of transferable general education. These credits replace the academic courses required for the AAT degree. Required credits include:

  • 5 credits in communication: ENGL& 101
  • 5 credits in quantitative reasoning: MAT 110, MATH& 141, MATH& 142, MATH& 146 or MATH& 151
  • 5 credits in a social science that meets the diversity requirement (PSYC& 100DIV or SOC& 101DIV)
  • 5 credits in social science, humanities, or science (choose one from the following): PSYC& 100DIV, PSYC& 200, PSY 210, PSYC& 220, SOC& 101, ART& 100, MUSC& 105, ASL& 121, BIOL 118, BIOL& 160, BIOL& 175, BIOL& 241, BIOL& 242, CHEM& 121, CHEM& 110, GEOL& 110, PHYS& 114, ECON 101, ECON& 201 or ECON& 202

Students pursuing an AAT or AAS-T degree must complete all College degree requirements prior to graduation. This includes courses that meet the capstone project, diversity, and computer literacy requirements.

Program Length: This program is approximately six quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduations requirements.

Admission Dates: Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.

Prerequisites: None.

Program Requirements

AAT Program Course List

Course # Course Name Credits
ENV 109 Introduction to Ecology 4
ENV 134 Hazardous Waste Site Operations 7
ENV 141 Orientation to Environmental Science 4
ENV 152 Mapping & Surveying 2
ENV 153 Environmental Sampling Methods 2
ENV 157 Environmental Site Assessment 4
ENV 161 Environmental Law I 5
ENV 162 General Chemistry 6
ENV 163 Environmental Chemistry 6
ENV 230 Rural Technologies 4
ENV 231 Issues in the Urban Environment 5
ENV 240CAP Internship 10
ENV 245CL Environmental Law II 5
ENV 246CAP Environmental Science Capstone 2
ENV 248 Hydrology 6
ENV 250 Introduction to Air Pollution 3
ENV 251 Environmental Critical Areas 7
ENV 260 Introduction to Soils 5
ENV 261 Watershed Analysis 4
ENV 270 Hazardous Materials Transportation 3
GEOL& 110 Environmental Geology with Lab 5
GEO 215 GPS Technologies 2
  Technical Course Requirements (total) 101
  General Education Requirements
(see listing above)
15
  Total Credits for Completion 116

AAS-T Program Requirements

Technical Course Requirements (Same as AAT) 101
General Education Requirements (See Listing Above) 15
Total Credits for Completion of AAS-T Degree 116

Note: 5 Credits of Social Science required (PSYC& 100DIV OR SOC& 101DIV). GEOL& 110 fulfills an AAS-T science requirement; therefore, only 15 additional credits of general education courses are required for the AAS-T degree.