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AAS Degree - Code #2193

Wayne Bensley, Department Chair
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The environmental technology program will prepare you to serve as field and laboratory technicians for a wide variety of industrial and governmental employers involved in environmental testing, remediation, and monitoring. The program is an interdisciplinary one, including extensive faculty and laboratory capacity in chemistry, biology, instrumentation, soil and plant sciences, environmental engineering, and spatial analysis, as well as a common core of general studies.


  • The major emphasis in the required courses is gaining proficiency in technical skills.
  • Flexibility through the selection of technical electives will allow you to pursue an interest in a particular environmental sub-discipline and become better prepared for a specific type of job.
  • Students in the program also have access to outdoor laboratories, including an engineered wetland treatment system in nearby Wellsville, NY. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret, and present results of an experiment.
  • Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
  • Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
  • Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
  • Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  • Select an appropriate analytical technique to evaluate an environmental problem.
  • Apply microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
  • Utilize appropriate software to record, manage, retrieve, analyze, and present laboratory data.
  • Evaluate the social, ethical, and legal issues in biological research.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Programs

Alfred State environmental technology graduates may enter directly into either the interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education Opportunities

For students wishing to transfer to bachelor-level programs in environmental science, electives can be selected that meet specific requirements of transfer institutions. 

Occupational Opportunities

  • Waste water treatment
  • Soil conservation
  • Solid waste disposal
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Laboratory pollutant analysis
  • Incinerator operation
  • Brownfield remediation

Employment Statistics

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 100 percent are employed.

Related Programs

Entrance Requirements/recommendations

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2, Biology, Chemistry

Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services.  This office may be contacted by email at or by phone at 607-587-4506.  Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.

Technical Standards

Technical Standard for Environmental Technology program:

It is essential that students in this degree program are able to fully and safely participate, with or without reasonable accommodation, in all classroom, laboratory, field, internship, and research experiences required for completion of the program.  Students in this degree program should be able to:

  • Function in a safe manner, not placing themselves, faculty, staff, or other students in jeopardy
  • Appropriately and safely use standard laboratory equipment, materials, and instrumentation to include possession of fine motor skills and mobility
  • Make sensory visual and auditory observations during, and interpret data from, all required laboratory assignments
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

Environmental Technology - AAS Degree



COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
BIOL 2803 Environmental Science 3
BIOL 2801 Environmental Sciences Lab 1
CHEM 1984 Chemical Principles I 4
MATH 1033 College Algebra 3
    or higher  
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 3-4


LITR 7003 Literature and Nature 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
AGPS 1104 Soils 4
CHEM 2984 Chemical Principles II 4
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Elective 3


XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
CIVL 6113 Environmental Tech Concepts 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 3-4
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 3-4


ENVR 4413 Environmental Law 3
ENVR 4424 Envirnmntl Chem & Microbiology 4
COMP 5703 Technical Writing II 3
XXXX xxxx Technical Elective 3-4
ENVR 4411 Environmental Capstone Seminar 1
HPED xxx1 Physical Education Elective 1

NOTE: BIOL 4254 General Microbiology and CHEM 3514 Organic Chemistry I may be substituted for ENVR 4424





Technical Electives:

AGPS 2113 Field & Forage Crops 3
AGPS 5003 Integrated Pest Management 3
AGPS 5103 Sustainable Vegetb Prodtn Tech 3
AGPS 5113 Sustainable Fruit Production 3
AGRI 2013 Organic & Sustainable Ag Tech 3
AGRI 4900 Directed Study 1
BIOL 1104 General Biology I 4
BIOL 1223 Introduction to Forestry 3
BIOL 1304 Botany 4
BIOL 2204 General Biology II 4
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology 4
BIOL 4900 Directed Study 1
BIOL 5223 Ecology 3
BIOL 5254 Principles of Microbiology 4
BIOL 5900 Directed Study 1
CHEM 4900 Directed Study 1
CHEM 5414 Analytical Principles 4
CHEM 5900 Directed Study 1
CHEM 6614 Instrumental Analysis 4
CISY 3023 Advanced Microcmptr Spreadshts 3
ENVR 4900 Directed Study 1
ENVR 5900 Directed Study 1
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
MATH 1084 Calculus I 4
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
PHYS 1044 College Physics I 4
PHYS 2044 College Physics II 4



A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0 in the above-listed courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in chemistry, biology, and environmental courses.

Academic programs are subject to modification.