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Environmental Sciences & Technology AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Summer, fall, winter and spring quarters.
Prerequisites
None.

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

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 future job titles include 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.

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

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

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
ENV 109Introduction to Ecology4
ENV 134Hazardous Waste Site Operations7
ENV 141Orientation to Environmental Science4
ENV 152Mapping & Surveying2
ENV 153Environmental Sampling Methods2
ENV 157Environmental Site Assessment4
ENV 161Environmental Law I5
ENV 162General Chemistry with Lab6
ENV 163Environmental Chemistry with Lab6
ENV 230Rural Technologies4
ENV 231Issues in the Urban Environment5
ENV 240CAPInternship10
ENV 245CLEnvironmental Law II5
ENV 246CAPEnvironmental Science Capstone2
ENV 248Hydrology6
ENV 250Introduction to Air Pollution3
ENV 251Environmental Critical Areas7
ENV 260Introduction to Soils5
ENV 261Watershed Analysis4
ENV 270Hazardous Materials Transportation3
GEOL& 110Environmental Geology with Lab5
GEO 215GPS Technologies2
 Technical Credits101

Introduction to Ecology

Item #
ENV 109
Total Credits
4

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

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Hazardous Waste Site Operations

Item #
ENV 134
Total Credits
7

Training 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. 

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Orientation to Environmental Science

Item #
ENV 141
Total Credits
4

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

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Mapping & Surveying

Item #
ENV 152
Total Credits
2

Provides students with a wide variety of mapping skills necessary for many phases of environmentally related investigations. This will be accomplished using guided hands-on training with a wide variety of map resources and texts. 

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Environmental Sampling Methods

Item #
ENV 153
Total Credits
2

Basic principles of environmental sampling of both water and soil will be covered. Students will practice sampling techniques and learn procedural requirements for defensible sampling methods. 

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Environmental Site Assessment

Item #
ENV 157
Total Credits
4

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

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Environmental Law I

Item #
ENV 161
Total 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. 

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General Chemistry with Lab

Item #
ENV 162
Total Credits
6

This course 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.

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Environmental Chemistry with Lab

Item #
ENV 163
Total Credits
6

This is a 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.

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Rural Technologies

Item #
ENV 230
Total 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Issues in the Urban Environment

Item #
ENV 231
Total 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Internship

Item #
ENV 240CAP
Total 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 the student gains 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 4th-quarter courses, or instructor permission. Enrollment in ENV 246, Environmental Science Capstone required.
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Environmental Law II

Item #
ENV 245CL
Total Credits
5

Course 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Environmental Science Capstone

Item #
ENV 246CAP
Total Credits
2

This course 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 4th-quarter courses, or instructor permission. Enrollment in ENV 240, Internship required.
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Hydrology

Item #
ENV 248
Total 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Introduction to Air Pollution

Item #
ENV 250
Total 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Environmental Critical Areas

Item #
ENV 251
Total 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. 

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Introduction to Soils

Item #
ENV 260
Total 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 all ENV 100-level courses, except ENV 134.
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Watershed Analysis

Item #
ENV 261
Total 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.
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Hazardous Materials Transportation

Item #
ENV 270
Total 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. 

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Environmental Geology with Lab

Item #
GEOL& 110
Total Credits
5

Focuses on the geological impacts associated with human activities. Emphasis includes internal and surface processes and the basic formation of the earth. Also covers conflicts associated with resource development and human responses to natural hazards.

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GPS Technologies

Item #
GEO 215
Total Credits
2

Use 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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AAT Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements101
AAT General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits116

AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
15
To receive an AAT degree students must meet the following requirements
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AAS-T Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements101
Environmental Sciences AAS-T General Education Requirements15
 Total Credits116

Environmental Sciences AAS-T General Education Requirements

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