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Associate in Science
The Environmental Science 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).
- Environmental Science (OSHA) (2166) (A.S.)
Students must choose one of the two specialty tracks.
1. Hazardous Materials Technology
2. Environmental Assessment Track
Given the increasing emphasis on environment protection, safety and health, the environmental field is growing rapidly and is largely recession-proof. 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.
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Total Credit Hours: 64
General Education (Credit Hours: 15)
Professional Core Courses (Credit Hours: 27)
Professional Courses (Minimum Credit Hours: 15)
Minimum 15 credit hours from selected track.
Hazardous Materials Technology Track (OSHA)
Environmental Assessment Technology Track
Professional Electives (Minimum Credit Hours: 7)
In order to be awarded the associate in science or associate in applied science degree, students must have met the following requirements:
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
- Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) at Florida State College in courses eligible toward the associate in science or applied science degree programs (A.S. Florida State College GPA or A.A.S. Florida State College GPA).
- Earned an all–college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) on all courses attempted, including transferred credits. (All college cumulative).
- Completed at least 25 percent of credit semester hours required for the degree at Florida State College.
- Completed a minimum of 60 semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
- Earned a grade of at least a “C” in each course used to satisfy the A.S./A.A.S. General Education Requirements .
- Can demonstrate mastery of the Information Literacy Assessment. Refer to the assessment section for details.
- Graduation dates will be the date at the end of the college term in which the students complete the academic requirements for the degree or certificate for which students are applicants. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective as of the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
- If students expect to complete the coursework under the terms of the catalog in effect during the term of their first registration, they must graduate within five years or they will need to be reassigned to an active catalog. Accordingly, students who enter under this catalog (2010/2011) must graduate by the end of the Summer Term 2015, or they will automatically be reassigned to the 2014/2015 catalog requirements. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
- The General Education Requirements may be taken on any Florida State College campus or center.
- Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
- Students who place into college preparatory courses are required to complete designated college preparatory courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.
- Students enrolling in associate in applied science programs must pass all sections of the placement test before award of an A.A.S. degree, regardless of the degree program’s general education requirements.
- Degree–seeking students whose native language is not English, who fall below a designated cutoff score on the English as a second language (ESL) entry placement test, will be required to take ESL courses with EAP prefix prior to registering for other college credit classes. The level of these courses will be determined by the entry placement scores. Individual exceptions will be determined by the ESL program manager.
- Degree–seeking students identified as non–native speakers must take an English as a second language (ESL) placement test prior to taking the College’s standard course placement test. Students who place into ESL, as determined by the test, must complete ESL courses before registering for other college credit classes. Non–degree seeking college credit students who plan to take English or reading courses must also meet these requirements. Exceptions to these requirements can be made by the ESL program manager or designee.
This associate in science degree program is intended primarily for students who desire to complete an associate in science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.