Award: Associate of Applied Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
For more information: Contact Tami Imbierowicz, 443-412-2122, or Andy Adams, 443-412-2283, (August 15 June 15); and or Admissions, 443-412-2019, (year-round).

The A.A.S. degree in Environmental Technology prepares students to immediately integrate into a wide array of jobs in the environmental arena, including air and water quality monitoring, radiologic, sound and biological sampling, and hazardous material handling. Both laboratory and field skills are emphasized, as well as chain-of-custody and other paperwork requirements. The breadth of the program allows graduates to compete in the job market for a variety of technical positions. A broad base of knowledge in the sciences, as well as communications skills are developed by the time the degree is earned.

At the completion of the AAS in Environmental Technology degree, the student will be able to:
  1. Apply technical skills important in the environmental field to support important scientific and legal principles.
  2. Explain and apply sustainable practices to businesses in which they are employed and to their own lives.
  3. Provide technical support for established environmental monitoring programs.
  4. Provide technical assistance and support in remedial actions at hazardous waste sites.
  5. Collect technical data for environmental analysis.
  6. Comply with the pertinent environmental regulations by understanding the scientific, technical and legal issues involved and assisting in the development of environmental monitoring programs.
  7. Interpret environmental analysis to provide input to technical and process decisions.

Employment of environmental science technicians should grow about as fast as the average; employers indicate that positions as environmental technicians will be needed to help regulate waste products; to collect air, water, and soil samples for measuring levels of pollutants; to monitor compliance with environmental regulations; and to clean up contaminated sites. Possible positions of employment include field service technician, laboratory technician, remediation technician and hazardous materials technician.

Cooperative Education credits are recommended in this program. Consult with Program Coordinator.


Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I 4
CMST 101Speech Fundamentals 3
ENV 111Introduction to Environmental Science 3
ENG 101English Composition 3
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
 Semester Total16
Second Semester Credits
CHEM 114General Chemistry IIB  * 
CHEM 112General Chemistry II A  *4
ENV 220Principles of Environmental Analysis I 4
ES 105Earth Science 3
ES 106Earth Science Laboratory 1
MATH 109Precalculus Mathematics 4
 Semester Total16
Third Semester   Credits
ENV 202Environmental Law 3
ENV 122Introduction to Soil Sciences 3
MATH 216Introduction to Statistics 4
ENV 274Cooperative Education IV: Environmental Science ** 
CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 204Analytical Chemistry 4
 Semester Total14
Fourth Semester Credits
ENG 209Technical Writing 3
CIS Elective3
ENV 225Environmental Problems - Assessment and Evaluation 4
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Physical Education Elective1
 Semester Total14

* Students planning to take CHEM 204 (Analytical Chemistry) or CHEM 207 (Organic Chemistry) should take CHEM 112 (General Chemistry II A) instead of CHEM 114 (General Chemistry II B).
** Students should contact Advising, Career and Transfer services for permission to register for Cooperative Education courses, 443-412-2301.