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Environmental Technology

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

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​The AAS degree program in Environmental Technology prepares students with the skills and knowledge needed to participate in environmental careers including environmental compliance in public and private sector organizations, pollution prevention, environmental remediation, workplace health and safety, and emergency response preparedness. You will learn to develop procedures for proper hazardous materials handling techniques and design training programs used to implement existing and future regulatory requirements to ensure compliance. Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work in the health and safety field in such positions as compliance officer, environmental safety specialist, laboratory technician, hazardous materials emergency response technician, and environmental coordinator.

 

Details: Associate in Applied Science (AAS)

Career Pathway

Credit Hours (CH)

Credits

Program/Plan Number

160

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Prerequisites

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Program General Requirements

19 CH
In addition to the courses below, students should meet with a college advisor for selection of one course each in these two disciplines for a total of 6 credits:  
  • ​Fine Arts and Humanities
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
Students should refer to the General Education Requirements for AAS degrees and speak to an advisor.  The A.A.S. model includes the State of Illinois Human Diversity requirement.   
Chemistry
CHEM 121
Basic Chemistry I 4
Principles of general inorganic chemistry, including properties of matter, dimensional analysis, fundamentals of stoichiometry, interpretation of the periodic table, nomenclature and introduction to solution chemistry and commonly used concentration units. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 and eligibility for Math 118 or higher or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Computer Information Systems
CIS 120
Intro to Microcomputers 3
Fundamental concepts of computer information systems as applied to microcomputers in business and personal use; includes hands-on experience with a variety of microcomputer software. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course. Allowed Repeatable Course: Not more than three credit hours will be counted towards the CIS/IT degree requirements. Additional earned credit hours up to six will be counted towards elective credit and requires the consent of Departments Chairperson. ARC: 3 times.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 101
Composition 3
Development of critical and analytical skills in writing and reading of expository prose. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Speech
SPEECH 101-1
Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
Theory and practice of oral communication; development of poise and confidence, delivery, and speech organization; public speaking practice; small group discussion, and development of standards of criticism. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Program Core Requirements

41 CH

​English 102 OR 107 is required.

Mathematics 118 OR higher is required. 

Biology
BIOLOGY 119
Environmental Biology 4
This general education laboratory course is geared for both environmental science majors as well as non-science majors. The environment and human impacts on natural resources, pollution, and ecosystems are emphasized. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Eligibility for English 101 based on prior coursework or CCCRTW, COMPASS, ACT, or SAT test scores, or Consent of Department Chairperson.
Offered at: Harry S Truman Olive-Harvey Wilbur Wright
BIOLOGY 226
Human Structure and Function I 4
Human anatomy and physiology. This laboratory course is recommended for those contemplating a career in the health professions and emphasizes the structure and function of the human body. Microscopic and gross anatomy are correlated with physiology. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Biology 121.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
English
ENGLISH 102
Composition 3
Continuation of English 101. Introduces methods of research and writing of investigative papers. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in English 101.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
ENGLISH 107-1
Report Writing 3
Letters and reports, methods of collecting and organizing data, and methods of presenting facts and ideas effectively. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Harold Washington Kennedy-King Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright
Environment Technology
ENVR TC 121
Intro To Hazardous Materials Management 3
This course is an overview of the environmental impacts resulting from hazardous materials such as asbestos, and their mismanagement. Emphasis is placed on understanding the sources responsible for soil, water, land, and air pollution and the environmental laws governing our natural resources, including asbestos. Emphasis is placed on storage and treatment practices, monitoring, sampling and handling techniques, damaging effects on humans, ecology and environment, as well as governmental regulations concerning soil, water, and air. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 131
Environmental Health & Safety 3
Introduction to health and safety principles and skills needed to conduct field operations dealing with hazardous substances and meets initial training requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for workers engaged in hazardous waste operations. Course includes fundamentals of hazard recognition, toxicology, selection, use, and limitations of personal protective equipment, and safety procedures for conducting waste site use, and limitations of personal protective equipment. It consists of lectures and demonstrations, problem-solving exercises, discussions, and field exercises. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 141
Site Investigation & Sampling 3
Introduction to the techniques for monitoring and sampling of soil, water, and air. Emphasis is on site investigation procedures for contamination by hazardous materials; the use of specialized sampling equipment, its maintenance and repair, and record keeping for chain-of-custody and other documentation. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 151
Intro to Environmental Laws & Policies 3
This course introduces the student to the United States legal system, and to the doctrines and statues which regulate the production, treatment, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Environmental Technology 121.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 175
Hazardous Material Handling & Transportation 3
This course is designed to explore the regulations involving the transportation of hazardous materials and waste. It includes manifesting, generator and transporter standards, Department of Transportation hazard classes, placards, labels, markings, spill response, and driver responsibilities. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 211
Recycling & Waste Minimizing 3
This course presents information on reuse and recycling of non-hazardous materials that dominate the municipal waste system. Waste reduction techniques for industrial processes that generate hazardous waste constitute the second half of the course. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 241
Environmental Sampling 4
This course is an in-depth study of the procedures and concepts used by EPA to investigate sites. Emphasis is on hazardous waste at both controlled and uncontrolled sites. The course will include the investigation of ground water, surface water, air, and soil contamination including health and risk assessments. This course is designed for students interested in the fields of environmental engineering and environmental science. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in ENVR TC 121 and ENVR TC 131.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
ENVR TC 243
Environmental Analysis 4
This course will introduce the student to the foundations of environmental chemistry. Man-made and natural systems will be examined. Students will be encouraged to qualify and quantify the relationships between chemistry and the environment. United States Environmental Protection Agency analytical requirements will be surveyed using inductively coupled argon plasma, gas chromatography, mass spectrometry, ion chromatography and UV-Vis spectrometry, among other state-of-the-art analytical technologies. Writing assignments, as appropriate to the discipline, are part of the course.
Prerequisites:Grade of C or better in Chemistry 121 and Biology 106.
Offered at: Wilbur Wright
Mathematics
MATH 118
General Education Math 4
Focuses on mathematical reasoning and the solving of real-life problems, rather than on routine skills and appreciation. Three or 4 topics are studied in depth, with at least 3 chosen from the following list: geometry, counting techniques and probability, graph theory, logic/set theory, mathematical modeling, mathematics of finance, game theory, linear programming and statistics. The use of calculators and computers are strongly recommended.
Prerequisites:Completion of Math 99 with a C or better, or ALEKS 46+, or COMPASS ALGEBRA 43+ AND College ALGEBRA 1-50, or ACT Math 21+, or SAT Math 500+ if before 3/1/16 (530+ if after 3/1/16), or Consent of department.
Offered at: Harold Washington Harry S Truman Kennedy-King Malcolm X Olive-Harvey Richard J. Daley Wilbur Wright

Additional Requirements

  CH

Program Elective Requirements

8 CH
​Students should meet with a College Advisor for selection of elective courses.

Area of Focus

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Focus Electives

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