Friday, March 25, 2011

College seeks to begin AS degree in Environmental Science Technology by fall

A new associate of science degree offering in Environmental Science Technology will be available to Daytona State College students beginning this fall semester, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).

The 64-credit hour, two-year program is among only five such programs being offered at colleges statewide, according to Daytona State's Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies advisor and professor Dr. Debra Woodall.

SACS is expected to formally authorize the college to offer the program in April.

Environmental science technicians perform laboratory and field tests to monitor natural resources and measure contaminants and sources of pollution. A large part of their work entails collecting samples for testing, managing hazardous materials inventories, or performing general activities related to regulatory compliance.

Seven new courses have been developed to implement the degree program, including Environmental Policy and Law, Introduction to Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Energy and Its Environmental Effects, Aquatic Environmental Science and a required internship that will give students working experience in the field.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs for environmental science technicians are expected to grow by 12 percent annually through 2018, with the average entry level wage nationwide being nearly $20 an hour.

The program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment upon graduation. The college currently also offers an Assocaite of Arts/University Transfer degree track in Environmental Science for students who wish to pursue more advanced degrees in the field.

For more information, please contact Dr. Woodall at (386) 506-3765,