Associate in Applied Science in Sustainable Technologies

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.

Learning Outcomes

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.


Class Requirements


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

Operators (4)

(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.)



ENVR 119        General Industry Health and Safety (3)


BLDG 111        Construction Safety (3)

BSAD 119         Entrepreneurial – Planning and

Introduction (3)

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)



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)


CIP: 15.0505

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)



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)



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

Technologies (4)

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)