Earn an associate degree in environmental science

Learn the science behind how we impact the environment and how environmental regulation and compliance tries to keep it in check. Our A.S. degree in Environmental Science gives you options to study water resource management or environmental resources conservation.

  • Water Resource Management focuses on the distribution, abundance and conservation of Florida's water resources. This is a career that includes wastewater, drinking water and natural resource monitoring.
  • Environmental Resources Conservation focuses on the long-term well-being of environmental, economic and social systems of humans, including renewable energies, pollution prevention and urban planning.

This program has established technical standards for students. Learn more.

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

Salary Data

Projected employment for Florida

2021 Employment

1,910

2031

2,260

Percent Change

18

Projected Job Openings

290

What you learn in SPC's Environmental Science Technology A.S. Degree

  • Knowledge of green practices
  • The ability to help your organization meet environmental standards
  • 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

Environmental Science Technology Associate in Science

ENVSC-AS
Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2022 (610)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2022 (610), 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.

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 two specializations: water resource management or environmental resources conservation
- 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.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum grade of "C" required in all courses.

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Composition- Core
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.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Communications - Speech
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Speech coursework . Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Social and Behavioral Sciences- Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Social and Behavioral Sciences coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required. Completing POS 2041 or POS 2041H or AMH 2020 or AMH 2020H will satisfy the course component of the Civic Literacy Requirement.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Humanities and Fine Arts-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Humanities and Fine Arts coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Mathematics-Core
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Mathematics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Ethics
Complete 3 credits from the approved General Education Ethics coursework. Minimum grade of "C" required.
3
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.
AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS Civic Literacy
Competency may be demonstrated by completing at least one course from the approved General Education Civic Literacy coursework below (minimum grade of "C" required) AND satisfactory completion of an assessment (exam). This requirement is in compliance with Rule 6A-10.02413 of the Florida Administrative Code.
MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES Biology (Select 3 credits)
SUBPLAN Select one subplan from below (Complete 20 credits)
SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES Subplan: Water Resource Management (WRM) (Complete 3 credits)

Total Credits:
64
Academic Pathways The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
  • the recommended order in which to take the program courses
  • suggested course when more than one option exists
  • which semester each course is typically offered
  • if the course has a prerequisite
  • courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)
If you are starting the program this term,
VIEW THE RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PATHWAY

If you have already started the program,
VIEW THE ARCHIVED ACADEMIC PATHWAYS

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.
Program Leadership Information

Florida CIP Code

1703010401: ()

Federal CIP Code

03.0104: Environmental Science.

Industry Certifications

As part of our Environmental Science Technology A.S. Degree, you may be eligible for the following industry certifications:

  • RCRA Hazardous Waste Generator Training
  • Qualified Stormwater Management Inspector
  • Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-Hour

CONTINUING YOUR EDUCATION

SPC's Water Quality Technician Certificate is part of and transfers to our Associate in Science Environmental Science Technology Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our Bachelor of Applied Science in Sustainability Management.

Environmental Science Technology A.S. Degree

CONTACTS

Amanda Gilleland
Chair, Natural Science
Seminole Campus
gilleland.amanda@spcollege.edu
(727) 394-6024

Theresa Afify
Career Outreach Specialist
Seminole Campus
Afify.Theresa@spcollege.edu
(727) 394-6130