Associate Degree

Environmental Science & Water Resources Technology

An affordable path to prepare for a career in water resources.

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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.

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Water Treatment Plant Operator
Water and wastewater treatment plant and system operators manage a system of machines to transfer or treat water or wastewater.
Hydrologists
Hydrologists work in offices and in the field. In offices, hydrologists spend much of their time using computers to analyze data and model their findings. In the field, hydrologists may have to wade into lakes and streams to collect samples or to read and inspect monitoring equipment.
Power Plant Operators, Distributors, and Dispatchers
Power plant operators, distributors, and dispatchers control the systems that generate and distribute electric power.

What You Will Learn

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Students will analyze water quality using appropriate calculations and measurements.

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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.

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

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

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

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Whether you want to attend classes online, or at our historic Milledgeville campus, or at any of our eleven satellite locations, we have a convenient option just for you.

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About This Program


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.

Degree Program Coordinator


Taylor Upole, tupole@gmc.edu

Program Benefits


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.

Cost for the Degree


Average Cost for this Degree:
$8,280

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