This degree provides students with an in-depth understanding of issues regarding sustainability, renewable energy, water treatment and water conservation. Through their chosen concentration, students will acquire skills needed to seek entry-level positions in a wide range of energy- and water-related businesses, public agencies and/or consider starting their own business.
NOTE: A.A.S. degrees are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in specific occupations; they are not generally intended to transfer to four-year institutions.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Provide leadership in creating and maintaining a safe working environment.
- Describe the function, design and installation of sustainable systems.
- Recognize wasteful practices and recommend sustainable alternatives.
- Measure and describe energy and its relationship to sustainable systems.
- Develop and articulate a definition of sustainability.
- Understand the principles of entrepreneurship and creating a sustainable small business.
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (23 HRS. MIN.)
Communications (6 hrs.)
ENGL 111 Composition and Rhetoric (3)
ENGL 119 Professional Communication (3)
ENGL 216 Technical Writing (3)
Mathematics (3 hrs.)
BLDG 115 Trades Math (3)
WATR 112 Applied math for Water Operators (4) (required for Water Treatment concentration)
MATH course (3)
Laboratory Science (4 hrs.)
BIOL 111 Introduction to Biology (3)
BIOL 111L Introduction to Biology Lab (1)
(required for Biofuels concentration)
WATR 166 Microbiology for Water Treatment
(required for Water Treatment concentration)
Laboratory Science course (4)
Social/Behavioral Sciences (3-6 hrs.)
Humanities and Fine Arts (3-6 hrs.)
PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics and
Sustainability (3) S
The combined total of Social and Behavioral Sciences
and Humanities and Fine Arts areas should equal
9 credit hours.
Health and Wellness (1 hr.)
CORE REQUIREMENTS: (22 HRS. MIN.)
ENVR 119 General Industry Health and Safety (3)
BLDG 111 Construction Safety (3)
BSAD 119 Entrepreneurial – Planning and
ELEC 111 Electronic Fundamentals (4)
ENVR 111 Introduction to Sustainability (3) S
ENVR 112 Introduction to Sustainable Energy Technologies (3)
ENVR 113 Instrumentation and Control Labs (3)
ENVR 115 Introduction to Water Conservation Technologies (3)
BIOFUELS CONCENTRATION: (18 HRS.) CIP: 47.0614
ALTF 111 Introduction to Alternative Fuels and Vehicle Technologies (3)
ALTF 121 Biofuels I (4)
ALTF 221 Biofuels II (4)
CHEM 111 Introduction to Chemistry (3)
CHEM 111L Introduction to Chemistry Lab (1)
Approved elective (3)
SOLAR ENERGY CONCENTRATION: (19 HRS.)
ELCT 227 National Electrical Code (2)
ENEF 114 House as a System (3)
SOLR 111 Introduction to Solar Energy (1)
SOLR 121 Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems I (3)
SOLR 131 Design and Installation of Solar Hot Water Systems (3)
Choose one solar focus:
Solar Photovoltaic Focus (4 hrs.):
SOLR 221 Design and Installation of Photovoltaic Systems II (3)
SOLR 221D Photovoltaic Design Lab (1)
SOLR 221I Photovoltaic Installation Lab (1)
Solar Thermal Focus (4 hrs.):
SOLR 231 Advanced Solar Thermal Design (3)
SOLR 231D Advanced Solar Thermal Design Lab (1)
SOLR 131I Solar Thermal Install Lab (1)
WATER CONSERVATION TECHNOLOGIES
CONCENTRATION: (17 HRS.) CIP: 15.0506
ENVR 215 Active Water Harvesting and Distribution Systems (3)
ENVR 216 Watershed Management (3)
ENVR 217 Water System Auditing and Evaluation (3)
ENVR 217L Water System Auditing and
Evaluation Lab (1)
Approved Electives (4)
WATER TREATMENT OPERATION
CONCENTRATION: (19 HRS.) CIP: 15.0506
WATR 111 Introduction to Water Treatment and Distribution Systems (2)
WATR 160 Applied Chemistry for Water Treatment Operators (4)
WATR 215 Permits, Regulations and Water Resource Management (3)
WATR 260 Advanced Water Treatment
WATR 290 Water Operator Certification Review (3)
Six credit hours of the A.A.A. and A.A.S. must come from an approved list of courses that satisfy the following requirements. These are not meant to be additional hours in the degree but are, instead, existing courses that satisfy the requirement and appear anywhere in the degree.
- Cultural Perspectives (3 credit hours)
- Sustainable Living (3 credit hours)
TOTAL 62 CREDITS MIN.