Academic Catalog

Environmental Sciences & Technology Classes

Introduction to Ecology

Item Number
ENV 109
Credits
4

Covers the basic topics of ecology, including population biology, plant and animal species characterization, and habitat restoration. 

Hazardous Waste Site Operations — 40 Hours

Item Number
ENV 131
Credits
4

Provides 40 hours of instruction and mandated training in hazardous materials, personal protection, and safety in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (29 CRF 1910.120 HAZWOPER) for hazardous waste site operations. Training shall include theory and application of incident management/command structures, response operation, toxicology and planning in addition to the statutory requirements. Mandatory attendance required to receive certificate.

Hazardous Waste Site Operations

Item Number
ENV 134
Credits
7

Training in hazardous materials, personal protection, and safety provided in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120 HAZWOPER Standard and WAC 296-843-20010. Training includes theory and application of incident management/command structures, response operation, toxicology, and planning, in addition to statutory requirements. Mandatory attendance required to receive certificate.

Orientation to Environmental Science

Item Number
ENV 141
Credits
4

Survey the wide range of duties and career choices available to environmental technicians. 

Site Characterization

Item Number
ENV 154
Credits
4

Focuses on providing students with a wide variety of mapping skills necessary for many phases of environmental-related investigations. Also will provide hands-on application of established methods for evaluation of water, soil, and air. Biological, chemical and physical investigations in accordance with generally accepted methodologies will be studied and conducted. This will be accomplished using hands on training with a wide variety of map resources and texts.

Environmental Site Assessment

Item Number
ENV 157
Credits
4

Includes studying potential liability associated with property transfers. Students learn and implement historical research, site investigation, liability assessment, and regulatory assessment. 

Environmental Law I

Item Number
ENV 161
Credits
5

Provides an overview of the American legal system and how the branches of government work together to create and enforce laws. Focuses on environmental legislation and case law. 

General Chemistry with Lab

Item Number
ENV 162
Credits
6

Provides the basic concepts, principles and applications of inorganic chemistry germane to the environmental field. Related instruction includes mathematics used in designing, conducting and interpreting analytical procedures. Laboratory methods, chemical calculations, properties of solutions, and properties of acids and bases are also covered.

Environmental Chemistry with Lab

Item Number
ENV 163
Credits
6

Continuation of ENV 162 General Chemistry with progressive instruction in laboratory methods; chemical calculations; properties of solutions, acids and bases; and an introduction to organic chemistry.

Rural Technologies

Item Number
ENV 230
Credits
4

Explores potential job areas in which the student might seek employment. The rural aspect examines agriculture, forestry, fish and wildlife. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Issues in the Urban Environment

Item Number
ENV 231
Credits
5

Course explores a variety of urban environmental issues. Storm-water management, sewage treatment, drinking-water treatment, and waste disposal. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Internship

Item Number
ENV 240CAP
Credits
10

All students finishing the program are required to complete an internship. This is a temporary full-time position in the public or private sector where students gain confidence and experience in a chosen area of employment. Students experience on-the-job opportunities and make a skilled contribution to the internship provider. Opportunities to find internships are provided, but the student is in charge of finding his or her own internship. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of at least 25 credits of ENV 200 level courses or instructor permission. Enrollment in ENV 246, Environmental Science Capstone required.

Environmental Law II

Item Number
ENV 245CL
Credits
5

Places an emphasis on correct, accurate interpretation of environmental regulations and their applications. Students will be able to research, interpret, and use a variety of regulations upon completion. Regulations include RCRA; CERCLA; CWA; Washington Drinking Water Rules; Washington State Water Quality regulations; SDWA; and other applicable state, federal and local regulations. Course also covers Federal Energy Policy, including development of fossil fuels and alternative energy sources. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Environmental Science Capstone

Item Number
ENV 246CAP
Credits
2

Accompanies ENV 240 Internship. The Capstone Project integrates the CPTC core abilities with the internship and identification of how core abilities apply in the workforce. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of at least 25 credits of ENV 200 level courses or instructor permission. Enrollment in ENV 240, Internship required.

Hydrology

Item Number
ENV 248
Credits
6

Provides the basic principles of applied surface-water hydrology, ground-water hydrology, and water quality. Emphasis is placed on a watershed-based approach that uses water-quality standards to regulate surface-water quality. The concepts and principles of biologically based water quality standards are also introduced. Covers the occurrence, movement, and quality of water beneath the earth’s surface; aquifers; well-testing methods; and sampling techniques. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Introduction to Air Pollution

Item Number
ENV 250
Credits
3

Provides a basic knowledge of the sources, mechanisms, and health effects of noise and atmospheric air pollution and their interaction with the weather and other climatological conditions. Methods of regulatory-required air monitoring, sampling and data interpretation will also be introduced. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Environmental Critical Areas

Item Number
ENV 251
Credits
7

Covers environmental critical areas, including wetlands, wildlife conservation areas, aquifer recharge areas, flood hazard, and landslide areas. Focus is on wetland delineation and reporting. Appropriate sections of federal, state and local regulations are addressed. Includes field trips to local sites and delineation projects on the campus wetland. 

Introduction to Soils

Item Number
ENV 260
Credits
5

Course focuses on basic physical, biological, and chemical concepts of soil science. Practical exercises and projects will be used to demonstrate how soil data is commonly used in regulatory, legal and scientific land-use interpretations and decisions. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of GEOL& 110 and all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.

Watershed Analysis

Item Number
ENV 261
Credits
4

Focuses on issues associated with timber, fish and wildlife watershed analysis. Study various modules and make an in-depth presentation to the class using visual aids. Monitoring and analytical skills will be covered and demonstrated through the collection of field data in remote areas. Willingness to be outdoors in rough terrain is a consideration. 

Prerequisites

Successful completion of all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134 and GEOL& 110.

Hazardous Materials Transportation

Item Number
ENV 270
Credits
3

Covers the requirements associated with transportation of hazardous materials as defined in Title 49 Code of Federal Regulations (49CFR) and 171.8 (not including radioactive). Meets the hazmat employee training requirements found in 49 CFR 172 Subpart H. 

GPS Technologies

Item Number
GEO 215
Credits
2

Uses global positioning system equipment to create maps and files for use in ArcGIS (geographic information system). Focuses on Trimble GPS technologies. Covers analysis tools and layout features for map creation.

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