Associate Degree

Environmental Science & Water Resources Technology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in water resources

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Associates Degree in Environmental Science & Water Resources Technology

The Associate of Applied Science in Environmental Science & Water Resources Technology prepares students for a career in water and/or wastewater treatment plant operation. Students will learn concepts associated with maintaining and operating machinery and equipment used in facilities for the treatment of water supplies in urban areas and/or for wastewater treatment that is released back into the environment. Academic skills emphasizing math, science, and human relations are stressed to prepare students to meet challenges common in the workplace.

Estimated Annual Cost: $7,785

Cost estimate based on enrollment in 45 annual quarter hours with current Tuition and Fees. Cost includes fees for textbooks and materials.


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What You Will Learn


Students will analyze water quality using appropriate calculations and measurements.


Students will describe the proper treatment of water relevant to the environmental science technology field, including the mechanical, technical, and scientific knowledge used in water treatment.


Students will translate the appropriate municipal, state, and federal environmental standards in the assessment and treatment of water.


Students will discuss industry standards for public service including professional, ethical, and leadership behaviors.


Students will describe safety measures used in water treatment, storage, and laboratory testing.

Program Benefits

Earning an AAS degree in Environmental Science & Water Resources Technology will better prepare students for the Water Treatment Operator Certification Exam and employment opportunities. With a career in the water sector, you can continue your public service by working to provide and ensure safe, sanitary water for your community. Go to work each day knowing that you are making a positive impact through serving others and ensuring public health.

Pass the Water Treatment Operator Certification Exam

One significant benefit of completing this degree program is the increased likelihood of passing the Water Treatment Operator Certification Exam. Students who complete this program will be well-prepared to tackle this exam and advance their careers in the field of water and wastewater treatment plant operation.


Program Costs

One of our goals is to offer the highest quality college education at some of the most affordable tuition rates. To understand our tuition rates, please visit the Tuition and Fees Basics Page on our website. Keep in mind that total costs for the program will depend not only on tuition rates, but the number of quarter hours students must take in order to complete the degree.  This will include courses both in the core and in the major.

Program Partners

Developed in partnership with City of Milledgeville, Woodard and Curran, and Kenny Green with Turnipseed Engineering

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