You have always been fascinated by earth sciences and chemistry. You are good with details and you do not mind getting mud on your boots. Then consider a career in Environmental Technology. With our A.A.S. degree, you could be out in the field in as little as two years.
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What You Will Learn:
You will learn how to use the latest soil and water testing/monitoring technology, to practice proper sampling and documentation and how to clearly present your findings through scientific reporting. The program includes coursework in instrumental software, mapping and GIS applications, biotechnology and a 40-hour OSHA HAZWOPER Certification program.
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What It Is Like:
Through classroom and lab instruction, you will develop skills in statistics, graphical and mathematical analysis, as well as technical writing. Actual fieldwork gives you valuable experience in sample collection. You will start working in the field and the laboratory your first semester and gain invaluable hands-on experience through internships.
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Where It Will Take You:
After graduating, you will be ready for a position as a field assistant, lab technician or other work in environmental monitoring or biotechnology.
It is important that students who plan to transfer after
completing their studies at Onondaga consult from the beginning of their academic
program with an OCC advisor and a contact at the transfer college to make sure
both OCC's degree requirements and transfer requirements are being meet. You
can view current information regarding transfer
agreements on our Transfer Services page.
"I knew I was interested in science, but I didn't feel completely certain right out of high school. I came to Onondaga so that I could maintain my own pace and explore ideas for what my career might really be. I've taken the time to open a lot of doors, and the Geoscience program helped me confirm which one I actually want to walk through. I'll be transferring to ESF next fall, and I've finally found the confidence I need to feel good about my choice." ~John G.