Environmental Systems Technology


About the Program

The Environmental Systems Technology Certificate is a two-semester (27 credit hour) program that addresses the fundamentals of environmental systems technology. Students are eligible to enroll in this program only after the basic prerequisites for individual courses within the certificate are met. The program covers fundamentals of analytical instrumentation, water treatment principles, and environmental systems technology among other related topics. Currently the demand for chemical technicians in the Midlands area is significant and growing. Recently, an ad hoc committee comprised of representatives from Columbia area businesses indicated that the demand for chemical and environmental technicians with basic skills in laboratory technique, quality control, instruments and calibration, general chemistry, spectroscopy, and related skills will remain high for many years as these businesses continue to grow. This certificate is designed both for the students needing a background in environmental technology principles and for those who intend to pursue a degree in chemical technology. This certificate is considered an advanced certificate and is designed to dovetail easily with the Chemical Technology Certificates and/or the Civil Engineering technology program. Graduates from this certificate program are qualified to enter the workforce as a medium level operator, laboratory technician, water quality technician, or senior manufacturing technician. The course sequence is designed to also prepare the student for more advanced on-the-job training in chemical technology or in an environmental laboratory.

Certificate curricula are reviewed and updated periodically in response to community and industry demands. The student is cautioned to discuss certificate choices and course selections with an Engineering Advisor before each registration cycle.

Learning experiences for students in Engineering Technology programs are provided at the Northeast Campus in classrooms and state-of-the-art labs in the Engineering Technology and Science Classroom Building.

Approved Electives
CET 218, CET 222, CHT 230, NET 230


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