Purpose: Concern for environmental protection and awareness is a rapidly increasing field in the United States and abroad. Training in environmental management is in demand due to rising population and associated environmental impacts. As public concern for the environment increases, training must be provided so that state and federal agencies and private industry will have the personnel to meet the public’s demand. The Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Management is designed to prepare persons for either full-time employment in the field or for continued studies at appropriate four year institutions. In addition, future specializations will allow students to tailor the curriculum towards a general, more applied background in environmental technology which includes, but is not limited to, such classes as geology, hydrology, conservation, soil science, and forestry.
Students wishing to major in Environmental Management with an intent to complement their studies at one of the four year institutions that accept AAS degrees will follow a more rigorously oriented program designed to meet the needs of professional positions in high demand.
A few of the career opportunities available for those wishing to complete the AAS degree in Environmental Management are listed below.
Occupational Objectives: Technical Careers, Professional Careers (AAS, Non-Transfer) (With Complementary Studies)
Environmental Technician, Geotechnician, Reclamation Technician, Soil Conservation Specialist, Conservation Technician, Lab Assistant/Technician, Forest Technician, Forester, Environmental Manager, Environmental Scientist, Geologist, Geotechnical Engineer, Hydrologist, Soil Scientist, Earth Scientist
Admission Requirements: In addition to the admission requirements for the College, entry into the Environmental Management curriculum requires completion of courses in biology and chemistry at the high school level.
Program Requirements: The curriculum in Environmental Management is a two-year program encompassing instruction in many areas required for competence as an Environmental Technician/Professional. Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in technically oriented areas, mathematics, physical/natural/environmental science and general education. The basic Environmental Management major, comprising 69 semester hours, will provide the student with a broad background qualifying her or him to perform effectively in several different occupational areas of environmental technology/management.