UNM Los Alamos

Environmental Technology

Environmental Technology

Do you enjoy solving complex challenges? Are you concerned about the environment?  Do you like working on a team in a technical field? A degree in Environmental Technology allows you to pursue a lucrative career while addressing the safety and security of our country and the planet.

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 have the opportunity to 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 two of the certifications that often pose a barrier to employment (HAZWOPR and ArcGIS).

Career Opportunities

Careers in Environmental Technology are both rewarding and challenging and allows you to make a positive impact on our planet. Whether you want to work in remediation, monitoring, wildlife assessment, biofuel development, hazardous waste, or another related field, you will find increasing opportunities for lucrative jobs. You can explore some possible career options here: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/home.htm. This site will provide job descriptions, salary ranges, education requirements, and job growth projections.

Possible Employment Opportunities:

  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Geology Technicians
  • Petroleum Technicians
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Forest Rangers
  • Radiation Safety Technician
  • Hazardous Waste Technician
  • Biological Technician

Related Faculty

  • Dawn Venhaus – Department Chair, Chemistry and Environmental Science Faculty
  • Tom Beach – Astronomy Faculty
  • Leslie Dendy – Biology Faculty
  • Mike McNaughton – Physics Faculty

Contact Information

Dawn Venhaus
Department Chair
(505) 662-0345
dvenhaus@unm.edu