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Natural Science Department

Associate in Science

Environmental Science Technology

ENVSC-AS

Program Leadership Information

John Chapin, Dean, (727) 394-6995

Program Summary

As the world around us grows more complex, so too does our need to take care of it. Gain the scientific background of how we impact the environment and how society tries to keep it in check through environmental regulation and compliance.

This A.S. degree in Environmental Science Technology gives you:
- A choice of three specializations: sustainability, water resource management or environmental resources and energy management
- Enhanced earning potential
- Knowledge of green practices
- The ability to help your organization meet environmental standards
- Knowledge of how to manage air and water pollution remediation
- Awareness of environmental regulations and compliance
- The ability to operate and calibrate lab and field instruments for quantitative and qualitative analysis of pollutants

This 64-credit-hour A.S. degree transfers to SPC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainability Management.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Students will be prepared to enter the workforce as an environmental technician in:
  • Federal, state, county and local government agencies
  • Water (including storm water, wastewater, desalination) Treatment Plants
  • Utilities (Waste-to-Energy facilities, Renewable Energy, Energy companies)
  • Non-profit organizations (parks, preserves, educational, conservation and grass-root organizations)
  • Private Environmental Monitoring/Consulting Laboratories

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2014 (480), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Graduation Rules

Minimum grade of "C" required in all General Education Courses and all Support Courses used to satisfy a General Education Requirement.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Composition I

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Composition I coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. This requirement must be completed within the first 24 credits of coursework toward the AS degree.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Communications - Speech

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Social and Behavioral Sciences

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Ethics

3
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Computer/Information Literacy Competency

Competency may be demonstrated by completing the Computer Information and Literacy Exam (CGS 1070T) OR by successful completion of one of the approved Computer/Information Literacy Competency courses. No minimum credits required.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Enhanced World View

Complete at least one 3-credit course intended to enhance the student's world view in light of an increasingly globalized economy. Minimum grade of "C" required. In some cases, this course may also be used to satisfy another General Education Requirement.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 23 credits

Field Biology of Florida with Lab
3
Introductory Chemistry
3
Introductory Chemistry Lab
1
Technical Writing
3
Earth Science
3
Earth Science Lab
1
Environmental Sampling and Analysis I
3
Introduction to Environmental Sustainability
3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Business (Select 3 credits)

Principles of Macroeconomics
3
Honors Macroeconomics
3
Introduction to Business
3
Principles of Management
3

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Biology (Select 3 - 4 credits)

Biology I Cellular Processes
3
Biology I Laboratory
1
Introduction to Oceanography
3
Biology of Marine Life
3

SUBPLANS
Select one subplan from below (Complete 17 credits)

Select ONE of the following Subplans

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Water Resource Management (Complete 17 credits)

Hazardous Waste/ Materials Management
3
Urban Pollution
3
Natural Resources Conservation and Management
3
Wetland Resources
3
Environmental Regulation and Compliance
3
Co-op Work Experience
2

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Environmental Resources/Energy Management (Complete 17 credits)

Urban Pollution
3
Renewable Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods
3
Natural Resources Conservation and Management
3
Environmental Regulation and Compliance
3
Solar Energy Principles and Applications
3
Co-op Work Experience
2

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Sustainability (Complete 11 credits)

Renewable Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods
3
Natural Resources Conservation and Management
3
Environmental Regulation and Compliance
3
Co-op Work Experience
2

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Sustainability - Sociology (Select 3 credits)

Introductory Sociology
3
Social Problems
3

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Sustainability - Microeconomics (Select 3 credits)

Principles of Microeconomics
3
Honors Microeconomics
3
64
Total Credits