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Environment Health & Safety - Environmental Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The environmental technician program at CWC provides students with the skills required to safeguard our environment. Students will learn how to take field samples, monitor operations and compliance, and mitigate sources of environmental pollution. This program is a foundation by which students can work to solve complex environmental problems, and take part in work that makes an impact. A general understanding of biology, chemistry, geology and ecology related to the environment and energy industries will be developed as well as skills in mapping, testing, safety and compliance. In addition students will learn state and federal environmental laws and regulations. Careers in this field are increasing, due to high demands in the energy sector.

Virtually all of the courses in this program transfer well to either the Environment and Natural Resources program at the University of Wyoming, or (in the case of Geospatial Information courses) to the Geography Department. Specific course transfer depends upon the department students wish to enter at UW.

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Intro to Environmental Science 4
Intro to Chemistry 4
Microcomputer Applications 3
Cooperative Work Experience or Environmental Field Methods 3
Environmental Compliance and Technology 3
Technical Writing 4
Environmental Regulatory Agencies 1
Mountain Environments 4
Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
Advanced GIS 3
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
Problem Solving 3
Wilderness Navigation 1
Intro to Water Resources 3
Inroduction to Soil Science 4

Students will choose a minimum of one of the three program options listed below

Program Options: COMPLIANCE

Course
Credits
Intro to Organic Chemistry 4
Hazardous Waste Operations 3
General Industry Safety 3
Safeland Basic Orientation .5
Environmental Toxicology 3

Program Options: ENERGY

Course
Credits
General Industry Safety 4
Safeland Basic Orientation 5
Intro to Reclamation and Remediation 7
Principles of Range Management  
Rangeland Plant Identification  

Program Options: GIS

Course
Credits
Environmental Science 4
Introduction to Organic Chemistry or Organic Chemistry I 4
Environmental Geology 4

Program Options: GIS

Course
Credits
Intro to Mountain Environments OR 4 credits of other outdoor courses  4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Geoinformation Science 4

Electives

See the course catalog for program electives

General Ed. Requirements

General Education requirements provide students a general knowledge to help them complete a degree at CWC.

Course Credits
Writing Level I 3
Writing Level II 3
American & Wyoming Government 3
Oral Communications 3
University Studies 1

Certificates

EHS Environmental Geospatial Information Science and Tech Certificate I

THE EHS Environmental Technician certificate I combines hands-on training in field methods and mapping with classroom instruction in environmental science. You will exit the program with a firm foundation in the field of environmental technology and will enter the professional realm with improved technical skills and a stronger academic background. All of the courses included in the certificate program will count towards completion of an AAS degree in Environment Health and Safety. 

Students will choose one of the program options listed below. 

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Environmental Technician - Compliance Option gainful employment

Environmental Technician - Geospatial Information Science Option gainful employment

Program Requirements

 

Course
Credits
Intro to Environmental Science 4
Microcomputer Applications or Technical Writing 3
Technical Writing 3
Environmental Regulatory Agencies 1
Environmental Field Methods 3
Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
Techniques in Cartography or Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
Problem Solving 3
Wilderness Navigation  1

 

Students will choose a minimum of one of the three program options listed below

Program Options: COMPLIANCE

Course
Credits
Intro to Organic Chemistry 4
Hazardous Waste Operations 3
General Industry Safety 3
Safeland Basic Orientation .5
Environmental Compliance Technology 3

 

Program Options: GIS

Course
Credits
Intro to Geographic Information Systems  4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
The Earth It's physcial Environment

 

EHS Environmental Geospatial Information Science and Tech Certificate II

THE EHS Environmental Geospatial Information Science and Tech certificate II combines hands-on training in field methods with classroom instruction in industry safety 930-hour OSHA certificate) environmental regulatory agencies and soil and water resources. You will exit the program with a firm foundation in the field of environmental technology and will enter the professional realm with improved technical skills and a stronger academic background. All of the courses included in the certificate program will count towards completion of an AAS degree in Environment Health and Safety. 

Program Requirements

Course
Credits
Intro to Environmental Science 4
Environmental Regulatory Agencies 1
Environmental Field Methods 3
Intro to Geographic Information Systems 4
Advanced Geographic Information Systems 4
Techniques in Cartography 4
Geoinformation Science and Tech 4
The Earth: It's Physical Environment 4
Introduction to Physical Geography 3
Mountaineering 1-5
Wilderness Backpacking 1-5
Combined Expedition  1-5
Any NOLS Wilderness Course 1-5
Wilderness Travel  1

 

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If you like experiential learning and want to explore a science-based education in and outside of the classroom, the Alpine Science Institute is the place to start.

Upon completion of this internationally-known program, students hold accredited college degrees in diverse fields and are prepared to enter the workforce or continue on for higher academic degrees.