Environmental Technology, Associate in Applied Science


Wilbur Wright

Program Code: 0160

Program Requirements

General Education Coursework
ENGLISH 101Composition3
SPEECH 101Fundamentals of Speech Communication3
CHEM 121Basic Chemistry I4
CIS 120Introduction to Computer Applications3
Fine Arts & Humanities course 13
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 13
Required Program Core
BIOLOGY 115Human Biology4
BIOLOGY 119Environmental Biology4
ENGLISH 102Composition3
or ENGLISH 107 Report Writing
ENVR TC 121Intro To Hazardous Materials Management3
ENVR TC 131Environmental Health & Safety3
ENVR TC 141Site Investigation & Sampling3
ENVR TC 151Intro to Environmental Laws & Policies3
ENVR TC 175Hazardous Material Handling & Transportation3
ENVR TC 211Recycling & Waste Minimizing3
ENVR TC 241Environmental Sampling4
ENVR TC 243Environmental Analysis4
MATH 118General Education Math (or higher)4
Program Electives
Students should meet with a College Advisor for selection of elective courses.8
Total Hours68

One of the courses must fulfill the Human Diversity requirement.


This is an example course sequence for students interested in environmental technology. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn a Basic Certificate (BC) and an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Environmental Technology. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
CHEM 121 Basic Chemistry I 1 4
MATH 118 General Education Math (or higher) 4
CIS 120 Introduction to Computer Applications 1 3
ENVR TC 121 Intro To Hazardous Materials Management 3
Semester 2
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
BIOLOGY 115 Human Biology 4
ENVR TC 131 Environmental Health & Safety 3
ENVR TC 141 Site Investigation & Sampling 3
100-Level Program Elective 2 4
Semester 3
Composition 1
or Report Writing
BIOLOGY 119 Environmental Biology 4
ENVR TC 151 Intro to Environmental Laws & Policies 3
ENVR TC 211 Recycling & Waste Minimizing 3
200-Level Program Elective 2 4
Semester 4
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course (HD) 1 3
ENVR TC 175 Hazardous Material Handling & Transportation 3
ENVR TC 241 Environmental Sampling 4
ENVR TC 243 Environmental Analysis 4
 Total Hours68

General Education Requirement


Students should meet with a College Advisor for selection of elective courses.

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.


This program can prepare students for the jobs listed below. Click on each one to learn more, including average earnings, annual job openings, and how much education people in that field have. For additional guidance and resources on career options, current City Colleges students and alumni can contact the Career Services Office.

Environmental Engineering Technologists and Technicians

Job Description

Apply theory and principles of environmental engineering to modify, test, and operate equipment and devices used in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental problems, including waste treatment and site remediation, under the direction of engineering staff or scientists. May assist in the development of environmental remediation devices.

Salary Based on Experience Level

Take a look at the average hourly/annual earnings for this career in Cook County

Lightcast earnings figures are based on OES data from the BLS and include base rate, cost of living allowances, guaranteed pay, hazardous-duty pay, incentive pay (including commissions and bonuses), on-call pay, and tips.

Annual Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$37,813
Median 50th Percentile$58,666
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$90,148

Hourly Wages

Entry-Level 10th Percentile$18
Median 50th Percentile$28
Senior-Level 90th Percentile$43

Annual Job Openings

11 annual openings in Cook County

National Education Attainment

Here, you can see the level of education that people in this career complete.

Degree Program% of Jobs
A high school diploma or less10.79%
A certificate8.19%
Some college6.64%
An Associate degree1.46%
A Bachelor's degree72.05%
A Master's or Professional degree0.88%
A Doctoral degree or more0.00%

72.93% continue their education beyond an associate degree