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AAS Degree - Code #2193

Stephanie Rugg, Program Coordinator
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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 an outdoor laboratory - 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. Current articulation agreements with Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry provide excellent options for continued study.

Occupational Opportunities

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

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Entrance Requirements/recommendations

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

Technical Standards

Students must possess fine motor skills that allow them to focus a microscope with fine adjustment and use forceps.


Environmental Technology - AAS Degree



COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
BIOL 2803 Environmental Science 3
BIOL 2801 Environmental Sciences Lab 1
CHEM 1114 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1984 Chemical Principles I 4
    (preferred for transfer)  
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 1103 Soils 3
CHEM 2124 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 2984 Chemical Principles II 4
    (preferred for transfer)  
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

Technical Electives:

BIOL 1104 General Biology I 4
BIOL 2204 General Biology II 4
CHEM 3514 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 4524 Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 1063 Technical Calculus I 3
PHYS 1044 College Physics I 4
PHYS 2044 College Physics II 4
AGPS 5003 Integrated Pest Management 3
CHEM 5414 Analytical Principles 4
AGPS 2113 Field & Forage Crops 3
BIOL 1304 Botany 4
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology 4
CHEM 6614 Instrumental Analysis 4
BIOL 1223 Introduction to Forestry 3
BIOL 5223 Ecology 3
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry 3
CISY 3023 Advanced Microcmptr Spreadshts 3



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.