Environmental Science Technology

Associate in Science

Environmental Science Technology

Chemistry, geology, hazardous materials and environmental health

The Associate in Science (A.S.) in Environmental Science Technology degree provides students with the real-world training needed to become a leader in this important and recession-proof career. The world is growing more complex and the field of environmental science is more important than ever before. Environmental scientists, environmental management specialists and environmental technicians must explore new ways to help sustain a livable environment across our nation and the globe.

Employers are looking for skilled employees who will lend their talents to provide solutions for healthy environments while ensuring that ever-stricter environmental laws are being followed. In Northeast Florida alone, there are more than 30 environmental companies as well as a similar number of governmental agencies like the EPA, Army Corps of Engineers and the Department of Energy looking for gifted people with environmental science degrees.

Students can specialize in safety compliance, hazardous materials or water quality.

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Program Code: 2166

64 Credits

School of Health, Education and Human Services
Additional Costs

Approximately $1,000

Financial Aid Eligibility

Financial aid is available, if qualified.



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Alternative ways to earn credit

You may be eligible to receive credit toward this degree through Prior Learning Assessment. Examples include industry certifications, certain PSAV programs, credit by examination, or creating a portfolio of learning experiences. For more information, contact an academic advisor or learn more about Accelerated College.

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Degree Options

Four Technical Certificates are available within this degree program: Environmental Science Technician and Hazardous Materials Specialist. Students can earn these certificates while completing the A.S. degree or separately to advance work skills.

Graduates of this program can continue on to programs that would result in a bachelor's (or higher) degree in environmental sciences or related fields.

Students may also be eligible to earn specific nationally-recognized certifications:

  • Air Monitoring for Emergency Responders (16HR)
  • Confined Space Entry (16HR)
  • Environmental Law (16HR)
  • Hazardous Materials Technician (24HR)
  • Hazard Recognition (4HR)
  • OSHA General Industry (30HR)
  • RCRA Generator (24HR)
  • Respiratory Protection (8HR)

Career Opportunities

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with industry to reduce waste (Bureau of Labor Statistics). 

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