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Environmental Science

Environmental science is a broad-based field of study. It is truly interdisciplinary in nature. The subjects of biology, chemistry and geology are interwoven to provide a full picture of our environment and man’s impact on it.

The Environmental Science degree provides students with a foundation in the basic sciences, and provides the opportunity to tailor the program to the student's interest with course and elective choices. The goal of the Environmental Science program is to prepare students to transfer into a biological environmental science program at a four-year institution.

Earn an Associate Degree, Certificate or take a Course or two

Degree Programs

Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Science

Biology option
Environmental Systems option

Certificate Programs


Environmental Regulations
3 Credits

A broad view of federal, state and municipal environmental regulations as they apply to industry, commercial establishments, local governmental facilities and the individual citizen. Provides a practical approach to regulatory understanding to enable one to plan an effective and economically sound management system. Course topics include the Clean Air Act (CAA), Clean Water Act (CWA), Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), SARA Title III (Community Right-to-Know), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) CT Transfer of Establishment Act (TASA) and federal, state and local regulations covering such topics as hazardous material transportation, in-ground tank storage and specific hazardous materials such as asbestos and PCBs. ISO 14,000 requirements will be discussed.

Introduction to Hazardous Materials
3 Credits

Hazardous materials are associated with virtually all industrial activities. This course is designed for people who routinely come in contact with hazardous materials in the workplace. OSHA regulations, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), toxicology, selection of protection equipment, ventilation and storage of hazardous materials will be covered. Fire, electrical, radiation and noise hazards will also be discussed. Students will use industrial supply catalogs, computers and the Internet to identify appropriate protective equipment for a range of hazardous materials.

Foundations of Environmental Chemistry
3 Credits

Prerequisite: CHE*H111 or 121. The objective of the course is to study the chemical reactions in natural systems. The fate and transport of contaminants introduced into the environment by humans will be examined. Ways of analyzing for contaminants in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere will be identified and students will obtain practical experience with some of these techniques. Written lab reports will be required. Two class and two laboratory hours weekly.

Principles of Soil and Water Resources
3 Credits

The study of soil structure and various methods to reduce soil erosion. Discussion of soil chemical structure and its relationship to nutrient availability. Depletion of soil nutrients by leaching and excessive crop harvesting, and soil restoration will also be considered. The hydrologic cycle will be studied in detail, including surface water body and ground water characteristics. Soil chemical cycles for major plant nutrients and contaminants will also be investigated. A research paper is required. Three hours weekly.