Associate in Science
The Environmental Science Technology program is designed to provide and to enrich the student’s basic skills, knowledge and abilities in the fields of environmental compliance and technology, and to enable the students to gain entry-level employment in the field.
The Hazardous Materials Technology Track focuses on federal regulations for environmental protection, worker health and safety, homeland defense, and the transportation of hazardous materials. This program will instruct students in the analysis, handling, storage, transportation, and dispensing of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate federal, state, and local laws and regulations governing proper chemical management. Graduates of this program should be able to research applicable local, state, and federal regulations and implement methods and strategies to ensure compliance; to maintain records as required by OSHA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the DOT; to develop and implement hazardous materials handling procedures; to plan for emergency response to hazardous material incidents; and to protect employees/workers/communities from hazardous material exposures.
The Environmental Assessment Technology track focuses on environmental compliance and protection of our land and water at the Federal, State, and local level. Graduates will be expected to perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution. Under the direction of an environmental scientist, graduates will be expected to perform, physical, chemical and biological sampling in the field. Graduates will also identify and quantify organisms, establish sampling areas, perform water and soil analyses, maintain field equipment, record test data and prepare reports. Much of this work will occur in the field or in the laboratory.
There is one degree option within this program (with two specialty tracks).
Students must choose one of the two specialty tracks.
1. Hazardous Materials Technology
2. Environmental Assessment Track
The mission of the Environmental Science Technology Program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of Environmental Assessment Technology and Hazardous Materials Technology. Students will learn environmental data collection, data analysis, and report writing through conceptual and hands-on learning. For Hazardous Materials Technology, students will also acquire skills to prevent pollution and eradicate polluted sites. Students will do these things in accordance with all federal and state guidelines. Program graduates will acquire the necessary skills to play a vital role in protecting our environment. Our environment must be protected, not only for ourselves, but for the future of humanity.
Given the increasing emphasis on environment protection, safety and health, the environmental field is growing rapidly. Graduates may secure entry-level positions with environmental companies, Federal, State and local governments, utilities, the military, industry or nonprofit organizations locally, as well as on state, national and international level.
Internships are required as an integral part of this degree program.
Need more information?
Visit the Environmental Science Program Web pages,
or contact Brian K. McDuffie, J.D., Kent Campus, (904) 381-3771
Other Links of Interest
Environmental Science Program Web pages
Florida Agency for Workforce and Innovation
Bureau of Labor Statistics
Green Jobs Guidebook