Associate of Applied Science Degree in Environmental Science - Water/Wastewater SpecializationAssociate of Applied Science
Mountain Empire Community College
The Water/Wastewater Major student will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings. These courses stress the practical application of scientific principles to the treatment of water for human consumption and for protection of water resources.
Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Possess the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in an entry-level position in a water/wastewater treatment facility.
2. Become knowledgeable about processes and equipment used in water treatment, water distribution, wastewater collection and wastewater treatment.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of the procedures related to water and wastewater treatment processes.
4. Demonstrate basic knowledge of microbiology and chemistry applicable to water and wastewater treatment.
5. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of hydraulic systems as related to water and wastewater systems.
6. Analyze and solve operational problems and perform mathematical calculations related to water and wastewater treatment processes.
7. Describe major concepts, theories, and classic research studies in environmental science.
8. Operate a treatment plant in a respectable and ethical manner as dictated by state and federal regulations.
Program Credit Requirements
Please note that some courses may count towards more than one requirement such as meeting a general education requirement and a major specific requirement. The course will be listed under the first matching requirement. Please contact the institution with questions.
A formal determination of credits awarded for your prior learning and their applicability to the degree requirements can only be made by the institution. The formal determination and resulting map may reflect higher or lower number of credits to be completed to achieve this program.
Program Overview & Guidance
|Program Guidance Element||What You Need to Know|
|Considerations for Selecting Degree||The Water/Wastewater Major student will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings. These courses stress the practical application of scientific principles to the treatment of water for human consumption and for protection of water resources.|
|Program Requirement Notes||
Program Requirement Notes
Students should have English and Mathematics skills assessed. Deficiencies in these areas may be corrected by completing the appropriate developmental studies courses.
|Considerations When Selecting Courses||
An academic advisor will review your preparation in Mathematics and English with you. You’ll be guided to appropriate preliminary coursework to give you the greatest chance of success in this program.
|Program Requirements Beyond Specific Courses||The entire Water/Wastewater Program can be completed through distance education courses. All technical courses are available through at water.mecc.edu. All support courses are available through web based instruction. Students may receive college credit for verified on-the-job experience.|
|Doing More With Your Degree||The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for employment in municipal and industrial treatment facilities and laboratories. State agencies and private companies also employ MECC Environmental Science graduates. As environmental concerns continue to make news headlines, the job market continues to expand.|
|Program Successes & Highlights||Coursework in the Water/Wastewater major prepares students for the state certification exam required for a water or wastewater operator’s license. This license is essential for career advancement. Students will also be able to keep abreast of technological advances in the field of environmental science, thus furthering career opportunities in this and related fields.|
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
|Transfer Guidance Element||What You Need to Know|
|Associate Transfer Degree Completion||The transfer education program, which includes freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences and pre-professional education, allows students to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs and four-year colleges and universities.
||Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School|
|Credit for Prior Learning||VCCS Policy 220.127.116.11|
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College Level Information
|College Fit Guidance||What You Need to Know|
|Is This College Right For Me?||Mountain Empire Community College's mission is to provide our region with accessible, quality higher education, workforce training, and community programs to ensure an educated population and globally competitive workforce. Mountain Empire Community College's mission is fulfilled through the following avenues: General Education, Career-Technical Education, Transfer Education, Developmental Studies, Dual Enrollment, Distance Education, Student Services, Workforce Development, and Community Services.|
|Transfer Student Catalog Year|
|First Year Student Catalog Year||The catalog year is based on the admission term that the student applies for.|
|Applying for Guaranteed Admissions|
Where Can This Degree Transfer
|Institution||Title||Degree||Award Name||Award Level||Delivery Mode|
|Virginia Western Community College||Associate of Science Degree in Integrated Environmental Studies||Associate||Associate of Science||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
|Mountain Gateway Community College||Associate in Applied Science Degree in Forestry Management Technology||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year||In-Person|
|Mountain Gateway Community College||AAS Degree in Forest Management Technology, Specialization Arboriculture & Community Forestry||Associate||Associate of Applied Science||2-Year||In-Person|
|Germanna Community College||Science - Environmental Science Associate of Arts & Sciences Degree||Associate||Associate of Arts and Sciences||2-Year||In-Person, Hybrid|
Careers Where This Degree Applies
|19-1031.00||Conservation Scientists||Manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|
|19-4071.00||Forest and Conservation Technicians||Provide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts under the direction of foresters, or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation and fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|
|19-1032.00||Foresters||Manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|
|25-1043.00||Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, Postsecondary||Teach courses in forestry and conservation science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.||Educational Instruction and Library Occupations|
|19-1031.03||Park Naturalists||Plan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|
|19-1031.02||Range Managers||Research or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.||Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations|