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Associate in Applied Science Degree

Overview

Are you a passionate about sustainable practices and stewardship of the land?  Or perhaps you’re an environmental technician who needs additional skills for career advancement.  If so, the new Biological and Environmental Technology program is for you!
 
The Biological and Environmental Technology program provides a technical education at the Associate in Applied Science level (60 credit hours). Through instruction and practical application, students gain knowledge and skills required of the Biological and Environmental Technician.
 
This program was developed in partnership with industry leaders and employers to meet the demand for highly skilled biological and environmental technicians.
 
Eastern also offers a College Certificate Program in Biological and Environmental Technology (30 credit hours), as well as several shorter course sequences of Skill Sets.  
 
Graduates of this program will be qualified for employment as biological technicians, environmental technicians, and GIS technicians.
 
 

Biological and Environmental Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree

 
Biological and Environmental Technology
Associate in Applied Science
60 Semester Hours
 
The Biological and Environmental Technology program (BET) offers students an opportunity to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. This program provides students with the skills and knowledge for entry level environmental technology-related careers. Graduates of this program will be qualified for employment as biological technicians, environmental technicians, and GIS technicians.
 
Upon successful completion of the Biological and Environmental Technology
 Program, graduates will be able to:
 
  • Follow standard procedures for conducting biological and environmental sampling projects while focused on quality control and assurance. 
  • Use biologic knowledge and identification skills to aid in the use of practical and ethical biological surveys.
  • Collect representative samples and perform routine tests using current and relevant tools.
  • Complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
  • Carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.
  • Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual, and electronic forms.
  • Assist with analysis of water/soil/air samples with the application of scientific and engineering principles.
  • Use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control, and elimination of environmental hazards of remediation of contaminated sites.
  • Promote and maintain sustainable practices applying the elements of an ecosystem-based environment.
  • Develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as a biological and environmental technician.
  • Use global positioning systems (G.P.S.) and geographic information systems (G.I.S.) to collect, map, and analyze biological and environmental data.
 
Program Implementation: Full-time day; part-time evening (Contact advisor for recommended course sequencing)
 
Recommended Course Sequence – Biological and Environmental Technology, Associate in Applied Science Degree
 
Note: All Biological and Environmental Technology (BET) courses must be completed with a “C” or better in order to graduate with a Biological and Environmental Technology, AAS degree.
 
 
 
First Year - Fall Semester First Year - Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs. Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs.
BIO 101 General Biology I Lecture 3 BIO 102 General Biology II Lecture 3
BIO 101L General Biology I Lab 1 BIO 102L General Biology II Lab 1
ELM 100 Occupational Safety & Health 3 GSC 110 General Physical Science II Lecture 3
ENL 101 English Composition I 3 GSC 110L General Physical Science II Lab 1
MTH 123 Intermediate Algebra 3 GSC 120 Concepts in Environmental Science 3
ORT 100 College Success 1 CIS 160 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Data Collection 3
        SPH 101 Speech Fundamentals 3
Total Semester Hours 14 Total Semester Hours 17
 
Second Year - Fall Semester Second Year - Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs. Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs.
BET 200 Field Biology I 4 BET 210 Field Biology II 4
CHM 200 Environmental Chemistry 4 BET 230 Air and Water Quality: Collection and Assessment 3
BET 240 Soil and Water Conservation 3 SOC 210 Ethics and the Environment 3
Elective   Social Science OR Humanities 3 BET 250 Environmental Law 3
        BET 276 Biological and Environmental Technology Capstone 2
Total Semester Hours 14 Total Semester Hours 15

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Biological and Environmental Technology, Certificate Program

 
Biological and Environmental Technology
Certificate in Applied Science
30 Semester Hours
 
The Certificate in Applied Science prepares students with a foundation of knowledge in biology and environmental geoscience to assist in decision-making in the biological and environmental technology field. Students are also able to collect and analyze data using GPS and GIS.
 
Upon successful completion of the Biological and Environmental Technology
 Certificate, graduates will be able to:
  • Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual, and electronic forms.
  • Use global positioning systems (G.P.S.) and geographic information systems (G.I.S.) to collect, map, and analyze biological and environmental data.
  • Use biologic knowledge and identification skills to aid in the use of practical and ethical biological surveys.
  • Complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.
 
Program Implementation: Full-time day; part-time evening (Students attending part-time should see advisor for recommended course sequencing).
Recommended Course Sequence – Biological and Environmental Technology, Certificate in Applied Science
 
Note:  All Biological and Environmental Technology (BET) courses must be completed with a “C” or better in order to graduate with a Biological and Environmental Technology, CAS degree.
 

 

First Year - Fall Semester First Year - Spring Semester
Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs. Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs.
BIO 101 General Biology I Lecture 3 BIO 102 General Biology II Lecture 3
BIO 101L General Biology I Lab 1 BIO 102L General Biology II Lab 1
ELM 100 Occupational Safety & Health 3 GSC 110 General Physical Science II Lecture 3
ENL 101 English Composition I 3 GSC 110L General Physical Science II Lab 1
MTH 123 Intermediate Algebra 3 GSC 120 Concepts in Environmental Science 3
        CIS 160 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Data Collection 3
        Elective   Social Science or Humanities 3
Total Semester Hours 13 Total Semester Hours 17
 
 
Note:  It is recommended the students enroll in ORT 100 College Success during the first semester.
 
Note: Students enrolling the Biological and Environmental Technology courses will be assessed a laboratory fee for classes having a laboratory component. This fee is used to replace expendable materials and to maintain and upgrade laboratory equipment. See schedule for details. Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for related Skill Set Certifications. Students should contact their academic program advisor or refer to the Skill Set section in the catalog for additional information.
 
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for related Skill Set Certificate. Students should contact their academic program advisor or refer to the Skill Set Section in catalog for additional information.
 
 
 
Median loan debt upon completion: N/A Financial Aid is available for those who qualify See Gainful Education Disclosure (Eastern catalog 2017-2018) for more information.
 

Skill Sets in Biological and Environmental Technology  

 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Dept. Course Title Sem. Hrs.
CIS 160 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Data Collection 3
MTH 123 Intermediate Algebra 3
Upon successful completion of the skill set, students will be able to:
  • Communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual, and electronic forms.
  • Use global positioning systems (G.P.S.) and geographic information systems (G.I.S.) to collect, map, and analyze biological and environmental data.
 
 

Gainful Employment Information: 

 
Eastern West Virginia Community & Technical College
Undergraduate Certificate in Biological and Environmental Technology 
Program Length: 1 year
 
 
Program Costs*
$3,432 for in-state tuition and fees
$6,816 for out-of-state tuition and fees
$1,642 for books and supplies
$6,328 for off-campus room and board
 
 
*The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion.
Note that this information is subject to change.
 
Contact Information
Amo Oliverio
 
Additional Information
Date Created 8/25/2017
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