UNM Los Alamos

AAS Environmental Technology

AAS Environmental Technology

About The Program

This program provides you with the education, certification, and experience to qualify for entry-level technician jobs in a variety of environmental science specialties. You can specialize in biological, geological or chemical based environmental sampling and testing in this AAS degree. Through a strong partnership with regional employers you are provided with the opportunity to learn from professionals in the field, participate in internships, and develop a network of contacts. Our small class size and personalized attention builds a strong base for you to succeed in whatever specialty you choose. You will learn the relevant biology, environmental science, physics, and chemistry through both lectures and hands-on labs. The core environmental technology classes are primarily taught in the field with professionals using industry standard equipment. Through these classes, you will not only gain the skills and knowledge necessary for a job in this field, but you will also gain the certifications that often pose a barrier to employment (such as HAZWOPR).

A minimum of 63 credit hours with a C (not C-) grade or better in all courses and overall grade 2.5 or higher must be earned to complete the Associate of Applied Science degree in Environmental Technology. At least 15 of these 63 hours must be UNM-LA catalog credit courses taken in residence. It is strongly recommended that the student check the specific requirements for the career of interest or discuss their plans with an advisor to make the best choices among the optional courses below.

General Education Requirements

WRITING AND SPEAKING (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition (3)

or

  • ENGL 112: Composition II (3)

or

  • ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition (3)
  • ENGL 219: Technical and Professional Writing (3)

MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • MATH 121: College Algebra (or higher) (3)
  • STAT 145: Introduction to Statistics (3)

HUMANITIES/SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES (6 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ECON 203: Society and the Environment (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 156: Reasoning and Critical Thinking (3 credit hours)

TOTAL GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (NOT INCLUDING SCIENCE) 18 CREDIT HOURS

Technical Core Requirements

PHYSICAL AND NATURAL SCIENCES (12 CREDIT HOURS)

  • CHEM 121: General Chemistry I (3)
  • CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Laboratory (1)
  • ENVS 101: The Blue Planet (3)
  • ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory (1)
  • BIOL 201L: Molecular and Cell Biology (4) 

BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE (5 CREDIT HOURS)

  • CT 104: Databases (1)
  • BSTC 114: Customer Service and Relations OR BSTC 118: Conflict Resolution (1) 
  • GEOG 281: Introduction to Maps and Geospatial Information (3)

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY (17 CREDIT HOURS)

  • ENTC 281L: Maps and Geospatial Laboratory (1)
  • ENTC 150: Environmental Policy (2)
  • ENTC 201L: Field Methods I (4)
  • ENTC 202L: Field Methods II (4)
  • ENTC 204L: HAZWOPR Training (3)
  • ENTC 296: Internship (3)

TECHNICAL ELECTIVES (11 CREDIT HOURS)

Selected from:

  • ENTC 196: Topics in Environmental Technology (1-3)
  • ENTC 296: Internship (3)*
  • ENTC 203L: Fermentation and Bio-Production (4)
  • BIOL 202L: Genetics (4)
  • BIOL 203: Ecology and Evolution (3)
  • BIOL 203L: Ecology and Evolution (1)
  • BIOL 204: Plant and Animal Form and Function (3)
  • BIOL 204L: Plant and Animal Form and Function (1)
  • BIOL 239L: Microbiology for Health Science and Non-majors (4)
  • CHEM 123: General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHEM 124L: General Chemistry II Laboratory (1)
  • CHEM 212: Integrated Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry (4)
  • CHEM 253L: Quantitative Analysis (4)
  • EPS 101: How the Earth Works – An Introduction to Geology (3)
  • EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory (1)
  • EPS 201L: Earth History (4)
  • EPS 203: Energy and the Environment (3)
  • PHYC 102: Introduction to Physics or PHYC 151: General Physics or PHYC 160: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 102L: Physics Laboratory or PHYC 151L: General Physics Laboratory or PHYC 161L: General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 157: Problems in General Physics or PHYC 167: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 152: General Physics or PHYC 161: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 152L: General Physics Laboratory or PHYC 161L: General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 158: Problems in General Physics or PHYC 168: Problems in General Physics (1)
  • PHYC 262: General Physics (3)
  • PHYC 262L: General Physics Laboratory (1)
  • PHYC 267: Problems in General Physics (1)

*ENTC 296 may be repeated for credit as an elective

TOTAL TECHNICAL CORE REQUIREMENTS 45 CREDIT HOURS

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 63 CREDIT HOURS