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Associate in Applied Science

Assessment/Safety Compliance (A168)

Environmental science is about protecting the natural elements that sustain life. Technology and science can advance our society, but if mishandled, they can do irreparable harm, especially in Jacksonville. Our combination of industry, international shipping, logistics and location on the St. Johns River location puts us at high risk.

The Assessment/Safety Compliance 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. This program focuses on federal regulations for environmental protection, worker health and safety, homeland defense, and the transportation of hazardous materials. Credit can be obtained through completion of the required degree courses and/or evaluation of government/military/industry training.

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. The program will cover industry standards such as those included in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 29CFR1910.120 Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Standard, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations.

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 materials incidents; and to protect employees/workers/communities from hazardous material exposures.

This A.A.S. degree program concentrates on assessment and safety compliance in environmental science. There are two technical certificates included as options within this degree program, Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist (6020) and Mold Remediation Technician (6168). There is another specialized environmental science A.A.S. degree program, Hazardous Materials Technician (A167) with accompanying certificates Hazardous Materials Specialist (6021) and Mold Assessment Specialist (6167).

Local corporate and governmental authorities participate on the Florida Community College advisory board for this program.  Members include: CSX, JEA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Army Corp of Engineers, St. Johns River Water Management District and others. These programs meet their anticipated needs.

Each year, a major Degree-to-Career event gives you the opportunity to network with these corporations and governmental agencies. Their representatives also make classroom presentations and discuss job opportunities. During your training, you will be encouraged to join Northeast Florida Association of Environmental Professionals (NEFAEP), attend meetings, network with employers and hear experts speak about the environment. The organization provides Florida Community College with student memberships and scholarship funding.

Details on opportunities for internships and jobs can be found at FCCJ’s Institute of Occupational Safety and Health web page.

Annual Salaries
In Florida, depending on areas of specialization and place of employment, the average starting wage for haz-mat technicians is between $13 and $18 an hour.

Estimated cost of tuition is $4,550 (tuition rated for Florida residents, as of 7/06). Contact program manager for textbooks, fees and materials costs.

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Assessment/Safety Compliance (A168)

General Education Courses
ENC 1101 English Composition I 3
MAC 1105 College Algebra (or equivalent) 3
SYG 2000 Introductory Sociology 3
HUM 2210 Humanities: The Foundations 3
SPC 2016 Speech Communication for Business
and the Professions
  or SPC 2600 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
  Credit Hours 15

Professional Courses
BSC 2050 Biology of Environmental Systems 3
CHM 1032C Principles of General Chemistry 4
ENC 2210 Technical Report Writing 3
ETI 1701 Occupational Safety 3
EVR 1015 Hazardous Material and the
EVR 1030 Environmental Compliance 3
EVR 1640 Hazardous Materials Regulations I 3
EVR 2630 Hazardous Materials Risk Analysis 3
EVR 2805 Hazardous Materials Health Effects 3
  Credit Hours 28

Specialty Requirements for Assessment/Safety Compliance Track
EVR 1190 Environmental Sampling Procedures 3
EVR 1633 Hazardous Material Emergency
Response I
EVR 1985 Environmental Pollutants 3
EVR 2890 Instrumentation Monitoring System
and Analysis
  Credit Hours 13

General Electives
BSC 2010C Principles of Biology I 4
BSC 2020C Human Biology 4
BSC 2085C Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BSC 2086C Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
CTS 1101 Introduction to Windows 1
EVR 2820 Mold Abatement and Removal 3
EVR 2821 Mold and Public Health 3
EVR 1635 Hazardous Communication Standard 3
EVR 1639 Hazardous Material Transportation,
Storage and Disposal
  Credit Hours 8

Total Credit Hours: 64

Refer to A.S. degree General Education Requirements.

Employers involved with the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee may offer internships to students in this program. The Environmental Science degree program is a part of the SOCCOAST degree network.

The associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree is intended primarily for students who want immediate employment after graduation. Students who intend to pursue further education at the university level should enroll in the A.S. degree option and must meet certain test and course requirements. For details, refer to the university transfer requirements. Please consult an academic advisor if you are unsure of which option best suits your academic and career goals.


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