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 subdiscipline and become better prepared for a specific type of job.
- Explain and apply the scientific method in order to document, interpret and present results of an experiment.
- Evaluate scientific literature to summarize current thinking on a significant topic.
- Display effective interpersonal communication and work skills in the lecture and laboratory setting.
- Choose and employ proper safety practices in the laboratory.
- Demonstrate the calibration and operation of scientific instrumentation.
- Utilize gravimetric and volumetric methods to determine the physical and chemical properties of matter.
- Select an appropriate analytical technique to evaluate an environmental problem.
- Use microbiological techniques to isolate organisms in pure culture.
- Use appropriate software to record, manage, retrieve, analyze, and present laboratory data.
Required: 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
A minimum of 63 credit hours is required for graduation, with an overall cumulative index of 2.0 in the above listed courses. A grade of "C" or better is required in chemistry, biology and environmental courses.
- Waste Water Treatment
- Soil Conservation
- Solid Waste Disposal
- Environmental Monitoring
- Laboratory Pollutant Analysis
- Incinerator Operation
- Brownfield Remediation
Alfred State environmental technology graduates 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.
|COMP ||1503 ||Freshman Composition||3|
|MATH ||1033 ||College Algebra or higher||3|
|BIOL ||2803 ||Environmental Science||3|
|BIOL ||2801 ||Environmental Science Lab||1|
|CHEM ||1114 ||General Chemistry I OR||4|
|CHEM ||1984 ||Chemical Principles I||4|
|LITR ||7003 ||Literature and Nature||3|
|MATH ||1123 ||Statistics OR||3|
|MATH ||2124 ||Statistical Methods & Analysis||4|
|CHEM ||2124 ||General Chemistry II OR||4|
|CHEM ||2984 ||Chemistry Principles II||4|
|xxx3||Social Science Elective||3|
|xxx3||Social Science Elective||3|
|ENVR ||4413||Environmental Law||3|
|SPCH ||1083 ||Effective Speaking||3|
|AGPS ||1103 ||Soils||3|
|CIVL ||6113 ||Environmental Tech. Concepts||3|
|ENVR ||4424 ||Envir. Chem. & Microbiology||4|
|COMP ||5703 ||Technical Writing II||3|
|ENVR ||4411 ||Environmental Capstone Seminar||1|
BIOL 1104  General Biology I
BIOL 2204  General Biology II
CHEM 3514  Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 4524  Organic Chemistry II
MATH 1064 Technical Calculus I or greater
MATH 2124  Statistical Methods & Analysis
PHYS 1044  College Physics I
PHYS 2044  College Physics II
AGPS 5003  Integrated Pest Management
CHEM 5414  Analytical Principles
AGPS 2113  Field & Forage Crops
BIOL 1304  Botany
AGRI 2012  Organic and Sustainable Agriculture
BIOL 4254  General Microbiology
CHEM 6614  Instrumental Analysis
BIOL 1223  Intro. to Forestry
BIOL 5223  Ecology
MATH 2043  College Trigonometry