Environmental Science

Certificate in Environmental Systems

Connecticut’s manufacturers have made a considerable investment in pollution abatement equipment in order to meet the increasingly stringent demands of state and federal environmental regulatory agencies. The sophistication of the equipment and the complicated regulations very often surpass the knowledge of the personnel assigned to operate these systems and to interpret the regulations.

The courses you will complete in this program have been designed to represent the operational and regulatory aspects of this increasingly important function of protecting our environment, while maintaining a competitive position in the marketplace. Participants in these courses will be exposed to a pragmatic approach to the subject, and should acquire a broader and deeper understanding of the field.

The goal of the Environmental Systems Certificate Program is to prepare students for a position in industry dealing with the compliance of environmental regulations.

Certificate Program Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
Mat*H172 College Algebra 3
ENV*H120 Introduction to Hazardous Materials 3
ENV*H110 Environmental Regulations 3
ENV*H230 Environmental Control Processes 3
CHE*H111 Concept of Chemistry 4
Eng*H101 Composition 3
COM*H100 Introduction to Communication 3
ENV*H205 Foundations of Environmental Chemistry 3
ENV*H160 Environmental Measurement 3
ENV*H235 Waste Minimization & Treatment 3
  Total Credit Hours 31

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Devise a plan to sample for contamination in the air, water, or soil.
  • Operate common environmental sampling and analysis equipment.
  • Understand how sampling procedures can affect the data obtained.
  • Select treatment methods to control air and water emissions.
  • Use chemical principles to explain how environmental control processes work.
  • Compare control process capability with government regulations.
  • Suggest pollution prevention strategies in an industrial situation.
  • Show the economic advantages of the source reduction of pollutants.
  • Evaluate the economics of recycling.
  • Evaluate waste disposal options such as incineration, landfilling, and biological degradation.
  • Use an understanding of separation techniques to select processes that recover useful materials from wastes.
  • Know the regulatory requirements governing the movement and use of hazardous materials.
  • Have the ability to implement a risk assessment program.
  • Be familiar with the routes of entry of chemicals into the body.
  • Be capable of selecting, using, and maintaining personal protective equipment.
  • Interpret a CFR citation.
  • Implement management systems approach to compliance.

Program Coordinator
Cynthia D Donaldson
203-596-8703 (p)
Room: E418b