Environmental Technology

AAS Degree - Code #2193

Mark Amman, Program Coordinator

Email address: AmmanMJ@alfredstate.edu

The 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 sub-discipline and become better prepared for a specific type of job.


  1. Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret and present results of an experiment.
  2. Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
  3. Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
  4. Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
  5. Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
  6. Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
  7. Select an appropriate analytical technique to evaluate an environmental problem.
  8. Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
  9. Use appropriate software to record, manage, retrieve, analyze, and present laboratory data.


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


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.



Biological Sciences



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


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