This program includes specialized environmental science courses in addition to general education coursework to provide individuals the background necessary for understanding the ecological relationships of the environment. Coursework also emphasizes the application of scientific principles to pollution control problems in accordance with state and federal regulations. Practical lab and field experience in sampling and analysis will be stressed. Emphasis is placed on developing the students’ ability to function effectively in a variety of job situations. Graduates of this program will be prepared to sample and analyze air, water and soil in accordance with state and federal regulations. Environmental technicians may be responsible for such job duties as air pollution surveillance, analysis of water and wastewater samples, ground water and surface water assessment, field sampling, data interpretation, and other support services to engineering and science professionals. Graduates in this field may be employed as technicians by federal, state and local governmental units as well as utilities, private industry, and environmental engineering consulting firms.