This program includes specialized science courses in addition to general education coursework to prepare graduates for a variety of career paths in an in-demand field.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to sample and analyze air, water and soil in accordance with state and federal regulations. Practical lab and field experience in sampling and analysis is stressed. Coursework also emphasizes the application of scientific principles to pollution control problems in accordance with state and federal regulations. Emphasis is placed on developing the student’s ability to function effectively in a variety of job situations. Graduates in this field may be employed by environmental and engineering consulting firms, utilities, private industry, and government.
In addition, the combination of specialized and general education courses facilities students’ ability to continue their education for a bachelor’s degree.
Banner photo: Brad Redmon, EST Graduate and site manager for stream restoration projects in Central Kentucky
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The program includes specialized environmental science courses that provide the background necessary for a career that protects and enhances natural resources and human health. Practical lab and field experience allows students to apply instructional knowledge to the surveillance and analysis of environmental resources and sources of pollution in accordance with state and federal regulations.
Bluegrass Occupational Outlook
|Career||Average Wage (2010)|
|Environmental engineering technician||$22.02|
|Environmental science and protection technician||$19.96|
The following degree is offered for this program at the Cooper Campus:
- Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
A program plan describes the degree requirements (courses) and the sequence for completing the courses. Students are required to schedule an appointment with their assigned academic advisor to ensure achievement of their academic goals.
Gainful Employment Information
The job outlook for Environmental Science Technicians is promising with a Kentucky median pay of $45,490 (US Bureau of Labor Statistics) and above average growth projected in the field.