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    Florida State College at Jacksonville
  May 22, 2022
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] 
2015-2016 Catalog [Aug. 2015-Aug. 2016] [Archived Catalog]

Environmental Science Technology (2166) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science

The Environmental Science Technology program is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for entry level employment in the fields of environmental compliance and technology. Courses provide a solid foundation in the principles of environmental data collection and analysis with the opportunity for specialization in Assessment and Safety Compliance, Hazardous Materials, or Water Quality. Career opportunities in these fields exist in both the private and public sectors.

Four technical certificates are available within this degree program: Assessment and Safety Compliance Specialist (6020) (T.C.) - Pending SACSCOC Approval for Inactivation Fall Term 2016 , Hazardous Materials Specialist (6021) (T.C.) , Water Quality Technician (6260) (T.C.) - Pending SACSCOC Approval for Inactivation Fall Term 2016  and Environmental Science Technician (6022) (T.C.) .  Students may pursue the A.S. degree and earn technical certificates while completing the requirements for the degree, or pursue one or more certificates to develop or upgrade their skills in a particular field. Contact an advisor or counselor to determine the career education path that is best for you.


The mission of the Environmental Science Technology program is to prepare students for entry-level positions in the fields of Assessment and Safety Compliance, Hazardous Materials, and Water Quality. Students will learn environmental data collection, data analysis, and report writing through conceptual and hands-on learning. Students may also acquire skills to prevent pollution and mitigate polluted sites. Students will do these things in accordance with all federal and state guidelines. Program graduates will acquire the necessary skills to play a vital role in protecting our environment.  

Career Opportunities

Given the increasing emphasis on environment protection, safety and health, the environmental field is growing rapidly. Graduates may secure entry-level positions with environmental companies, Federal, State and local governments, utilities, the military, industry or nonprofit organizations locally, as well as on state, national and international level.


Internships are required as an integral part of this degree program.

Need More Information? Contact:

Dr. Joseph D. Husband, Kent Campus, (904) 381-3455 or email
Dr. Michael D. Reynolds, Kent Campus, (904) 381-3463 or email

More Information Online

Recommended Roadmap for this Program  
Environmental Science Program Web Pages
Florida Agency for Workforce and Innovation
Bureau of Labor Statistics


General Education

Credit Hours: 28

Refer to General Education Requirements .

Professional Core Courses

Credit Hours: 30

*Specified course is required for the Environmental Science Technician (6022) (T.C.) program

Professional Electives

Minimum Credit Hours: 6
Select one of the following three tracks:

Water Quality Technician  

Assessment & Safety Compliance  

Hazardous Materials Specialist

Total Credit Hours: 64

Graduation Requirements

In order to be awarded the Associate in Science degree, students must have met the following requirements:

  1. Students must fulfill all academic requirements for the chosen program of study as outlined in the Florida State College at Jacksonville catalog and curriculum.
  2. Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) at Florida State College at Jacksonville in courses eligible toward the Associate in Science degree programs, excluding developmental education courses. (A.S. Florida State College at Jacksonville GPA).
  3. Earned an all-college cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (“C”) on a 4.0 scale on all courses attempted. This includes Florida State College at Jacksonville college-credit semester hours and transferred credits (excluding developmental education) in lower division courses. (All college cumulative.)
  4. Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the total hours required for the program in residence at Florida State College at Jacksonville. Credit by examination and credit by portfolio development do not count toward this residency requirement.
  5. Complete the required semester hours, as specified by the degree, of which a minimum of 15 semester hours must be General Education requirements.
  6. Earned a grade of a C or better in each course used to satisfy the General Education Requirements and any other area designated with a C or better requirement.
  7. Students must have fulfilled all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before they may graduate.

 Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.

  1. A student’s graduation date will be the date of the end of the College term in which the student has fulfilled all academic requirements. (The removal of an incomplete grade does not affect students’ graduation dates, since the grade change is effective at the end of the term in which the incomplete grade was assigned rather than the term in which the incomplete work was made up.)
  2. Students who enter under the (2015/2016) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2015/2016 academic year.  The student’s assigned catalog year will remain in effect as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment. Changes to requirements as mandated by law or by rule of the District Board of Trustees may supersede this provision.
  3. Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or co-requisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  4. Students who place into developmental education courses are required to complete designated developmental education courses with a grade of “C” or better regardless of program of study.

University Transfer

This Associate in Science and Associate in Applied Science degree programs are intended primarily for students who desire to complete an Associate in Science degree or an Associate in Applied Science degree and become employed. Students who decide to pursue university transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details refer to the University Transfer Guide.

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