Southwestern College

Program Overview

The Environmental Technology program has two areas of emphasis that allow students to specialize in the new and growing fields of environmental management and occupational health and safety:

Environmental management emphasizes the study of, and the solutions for, environmental pollution and its effect on the environment and people. Areas include waste treatment technologies, current hazardous waste and hazardous materials regulations, sustainable development, economic and sociopolitical environmental issues, small business and large facility compliance, emergency response techniques, and the cleanup of contaminated air, water, and soil.

Occupational health and safety emphasizes the causes of, and the solutions for, hazardous agents in occupational settings, unsafe work practices, and their effect on human health and welfare. Areas of study include the recognition, evaluation, and control of hazardous agents in the work environment; regulations pertaining to the California and Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration; the toxicological effects of hazardous agents in the workplace, occupational diseases and methods of prevention; and industrial safety practices.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate in Science Degree: Career/Technical

  • Environmental Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Certificates of Achievement

  • Environmental Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety

Career Options

Career options available for the environmental major include: field sampling technician, environmental scientist, hazardous materials specialist, pollution control technician, environmental specialist, environmental compliance manager, environmental investigator, water quality technician, air quality aide, recycling coordinator, environmental economist, environmental lawyer, environmental journalist, waste management specialist, and vocational teacher. Most of these require a certificate or an associate degree, or a bachelor's degree, and a few require a graduate-level degree.

Contact Us

David Preciado

Department Chair

Email: dpreciado@swccd.edu

Phone: (619) 421-6700 x5431

Gainful Employment Disclosure

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Last updated: 6/28/2017 11:25:34 AM