Environmental Technology (AAS)

Application Code: 
Degree Received: 
Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Academic Department Info: 
Program Coordinator: 
Mark Amman
Coordinator Email: 

360 Virtual TourThe environmental technology program prepares graduates to serve as field and laboratory technicians for a wide variety of industrial and governmental employers involved in environmental testing, remediation and monitoring. The program is an interdisciplinary one, including extensive faculty and laboratory capacity in chemistry, biology, instrumentation, soil and plant sciences, environmental engineering and spatial analysis as well as a common core of general studies.

The major emphasis in the required courses is gaining proficiency in technical skills. Flexibility through the selection of technical electives allows the student to pursue an interest in a particular environmental subdiscipline and become better prepared for a specific type of job.

Student Learning Outcomes: 
  • Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret and present results of an experiment.
  • Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
  • Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
  • Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
  • Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
  • Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  • Make both organic and inorganic compounds according to prescribed multi-step syntheses.
  • Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
Entrance Requirements & Recommendations: 

Required: Algebra, Geometry, Algebra 2/ Trigonometry, Biology, Chemistry

Features & Facilities: 

The environmental technology program is located in the newly renovated Physical and Health Sciences Building. Four science-ready lecture rooms are on the first floor with the eight laboratories found on the second and third floors. The laboratories are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment and instrumentation and application software for teaching and learning, as well as for independent study and research. Students in the program also have access to an outdoor laboratory - an engineered wetland treatment system in nearby Wellsville, NY. It is treating groundwater contaminated by residues left from an old oil refinery, and is the largest remediation project of its type in New York State.

Explore the alphabet soup list below.

  • UV-VIS Ultraviolet - Visible Spectrophotometry
  • FTIR Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrophotometry with ATR attachment
  • AAS Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry
  • FS Fluorescence Spectrophotometry
  • GC-FID Gas Chromatography/Flame Ionization Detector
  • GC-MS Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectroscopy
  • HPLC High Performance Liquid Chromatography
  • CE Capillary Electrophoresis
Graduation Requirements: 

A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0 in the above listed courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in chemistry, biology and environmental courses.

Career Opportunities: 
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Soil Conservation
  • Solid Waste Disposal
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Laboratory Pollutant Analysis
  • Incinerator Operation
  • Brownfield Remediation
Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program: 

Alfred State environmental technology graduates may enter directly into either the forensic science technology BS or technology management BBA degree program.

Transfer Opportunities: 

For students wishing to transfer to bachelor-level programs in environmental science, electives can be selected that meet specific requirements of transfer institutions. Current articulation agreements with Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the SUNY School of Environmental Science and Forestry provide excellent options for continued study. 

Typical Semester Layout: 
First Semestercredits
COMP1503Freshman Composition3
MATH1033College Algebra or higher3
BIOL2803Environmental Science3
BIOL2801Environmental Science Lab1
CHEM1114General Chemistry I OR4
CHEM 1984Chemical Principles I4
 xxxxTechnical Elective3-4
Second Semestercredits
LITR7003Literature and Nature3
MATH1123 Statistics  OR 3
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
 xxxxTechnical Elective3-4
CHEM2124General Chemistry II OR4
CHEM 2984Chemistry Principles II  4
 xxx3Social Science Elective 3
Third Semestercredits
 xxx3Social Science Elective3
ENVR4413Environmental Law3
SPCH1083Effective Speaking3
 xxxxTechnical Elective3-4
Fourth Semestercredits
CIVL 6113Environmental Tech. Concepts3
ENVR 4424Envir. Chem. & Microbiology4
COMP 5703Technical Writing II3
 xxx3Technical Elective3
ENVR4411Environmental Capstone Seminar1

Technical Electives:
BIOL 1104 General Biology I
BIOL 2204 General Biology II
CHEM 3514 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 4524 Organic Chemistry II
MATH 1064 Technical Calculus I or greater
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis
PHYS 1044 College Physics I
PHYS 2044 College Physics II
AGPS 5003 Integrated Pest Management
CHEM 5414 Analytical Principles
AGPS 2113 Field & Forage Crops
BIOL 1304 Botany
AGRI 2012 Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
BIOL 4254 General Microbiology
CHEM 6614 Instrumental Analysis
BIOL 1223 Intro. to Forestry
BIOL 5223 Ecology
MATH 2043 College Trigonometry