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 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

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL Metro Area Average

Florida Average

Projected employment for Florida

2016 Employment

1,470

2026

1,740

Percent Change

18

Projected Job Openings

210

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: Spring 2019 (555)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Spring 2019 (555), 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 Leadership Information

Natavia Middleton
Dean
(727) 398-8288
middleton.natavia@spcollege.edu


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.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.


Florida CIP Code

1703010401:

Federal CIP Code

03.0104: Environmental Science.

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

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

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

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Humanities and Fine Arts

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

AS GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Mathematics

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.

MAJOR CORE COURSES
Complete 23 credits

BSC 2250C Field Biology of Florida with Lab 3
CHM 1025 Introductory Chemistry 3
CHM 1025L Introductory Chemistry Lab 1
ENC 2210 Technical Writing 3
ESC 1000C Earth Science 3
EVR 1001C Introduction to Environmental Science 3
EVR 2892C Environmental Sampling and Analysis I 3
GIS 2040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 3
EVR 2910 Undergraduate Research in Environmental Science 1
OR
EVR 2930 Special Topics in Environmental Science 1

MAJOR ELECTIVE COURSES
Biology (Select 3 credits)

OCE 2001 Introduction to Oceanography 3
OCB 1000C Biology of Marine Life 3

SUBPLAN
Select one subplan from below (Complete 20 credits)

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

EVR 1016 Hazardous Waste/ Materials Management 3
EVR 1263 Urban Pollution 3
EVR 1328 Natural Resources Conservation and Management 3
EVR 1357 Wetland Resources 3
EVR 1858 Environmental Regulation and Compliance 3
EVR 2949 Co-op Work Experience 2

SUBPLAN ELECTIVE COURSES
Subplan: Water Resource Management (Complete 3 credits)

ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
GEB 1011 Introduction to Business 3
MAN 2021 Principles of Management 3

SUBPLAN CORE COURSES
Subplan: Environmental Resources Conservation (Complete 20 credits)

ECO 2013 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 2023 Principles of Microeconomics 3
EVR 1310 Renewable Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Methods 3
EVR 1328 Natural Resources Conservation and Management 3
EVR 1858 Environmental Regulation and Compliance 3
EVR 2949 Co-op Work Experience 2
EVR 1016 Hazardous Waste/ Materials Management 3
OR
EVR 1263 Urban Pollution 3
Total Credits 64

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

Maura Scanlon
Instructor, Seminole Campus
Scanlon.Maura@spcollege.edu
(727) 394-6947

Sandy Decarlo
Career Outreach Specialist
Seminole Campus
Decarlo.Sandra@spcollege.edu
(727) 394-6130