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  Jan 30, 2023
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Environmental Science Technology (2166) (A.S.)

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Associate in Science


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.

The Program

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. Career opportunities in these fields exist in both the private and public sectors.

Embedded Certificate(s)

Two technical certificates are available within this degree program: Environmental Science Technician (6022) (T.C.)  and Hazardous Materials Specialist (6021) (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 to determine the career education path that is best for you.

Please note that by being enrolled in this degree program you may automatically meet the requirements for one of the aforementioned technical certificates. If you meet the requirements for a technical certificate, as a result of being enrolled in this degree program, you may automatically be awarded the technical certificate(s) upon meeting their requirements as well. If you choose to opt out of this automatic awarding of a technical certificate please contact an advisor to do so.


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

The Career

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.

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General Education Coursework

Credit Hours: 32

Professional Coursework

Credit Hours: 26

Professional Elective Coursework

Minimum Credit Hours: 6

Total Credit Hours: 64

Recommended Course Sequencing

Term I

Term II

Term III

Term IV 

Term V 

Graduation Requirements

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

  1. 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 for prior learning 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. Fulfill all obligations, financial or otherwise, to the College before graduating.
Note: Students are cautioned to pay particular attention to the following statements.
  • 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.)
  • Students who enter under the (2020/2021) catalog will be assigned to the degree or certificate requirements in effect during the 2020/2021 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.
  • Many courses in this catalog have prerequisite and/or corequisite courses which are listed in the course descriptions. Students are advised to be guided by these requirements.
  • 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.

Baccalaureate 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 baccalaureate transfer study must meet certain course and test requirements. For details, refer to the Baccalaureate Transfer Guide at

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