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Environmental Science Technology


 
The Environment Needs You  
Our impact on the environment is of critical concern in the 21st century. Coral reefs are disappearing around the world at astonishing rates; the global economy and developing countries have increased levels of pollution worldwide; and various terrestrial and marine animals have already vanished from the face of the earth due to human activities. Here at home, our own Everglades face extinction as development continues to encroach westward.
With the training and instruction Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology program offers, you can play a major role in saving our distressed natural resources. You have the power to change the course of disastrous events occurring on a global scale—and it all begins here.
 
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Classroom Experience
Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology program utilizes state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities to train you for lab and field work. Project-based learning provides hands-on research activities that complement the type of research you will be doing as an environmental science technician. Some of the material you will be learning includes:
  • Arcview software
  • Native plant studies
  • Conservation of natural resource
  • How to properly manage wetlands
  • Environmental sampling and analysis
Our program will prepare you for a wide variety of positions in the environmental science sector. By the time you graduate, you will be able to:
  • Collect air, water and soil samples
  • Monitor compliance with environmental regulations
  • Process and analyze samples in a laboratory setting
Day, evening and online classes are offered for your convenience, and class sizes are limited so you can learn without having to compete for your professors’ attention. To learn more about our two Environmental Science Technology tracks, look through the full program descriptions linked below.

Career Path
More and more organizations, in the private and public sectors, are focusing on “green operations” and environmental sustainability. As a result, the job outlook for environmental science technicians is expected to grow much faster than average nationwide, with a 24 percent increase in job growth through 2020, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employ Florida Marketplace reports that salaries for environmental technicians in Florida begin at $12 an hour with average salaries topping off at $16 to $18 an hour. 
 
As environmental science technicians, graduates of Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology AS degree program find career opportunities with governmental agencies, construction and engineering firms, and environmental assessment companies. The positions available for our graduates include:
 
  • Geology technicians
  • Environmental samplers
  • Instrumentation technicians
  • Biology laboratory technicians
  • Pollution and control technicians
  • Environmental health inspectors
  • Agricultural laboratory technicians
  • Environmental laboratory technicians
  • Groundwater contamination technicians
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Is This Program Right for Me?

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, you should: 

  • Be detail-oriented
  • Work well in a team
  • Have a passion for science
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Have an analytical, problem-solving mindset
  • Have no allergies or have them under control 
  • Be comfortable in a wide range of outdoor settings, from the ocean to marshlands
Accreditation
Broward College is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) to award associate’s degrees in Environmental Science Technology.
Faculty
Dr. Jay Muza
Currently, as a geological oceanographer, Dr. Muza analyzes the sediment from marine sediment cores.  Most of his research has come from work he has done as a participating research scientist aboard the world-famous research vessels  “Glomar Challenger” and “JOIDES Resolution.”  From the changing lithology chemistry, and biology observed in the sediments cores through time, he is able to re-construct past changes in ocean conditions and marine climates.  This research helps us to understand the causes and effects of past regional and global climate change, which contributes to our understanding of current global climate changes.
 
In the past, while in graduate school, Dr. Muza worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as a hydrogeologist reviewing environmental impact statements and major power plant ground water monitoring plans, including Florida Power and Light and the Southern Corporation. As an independent consultant, Dr. Muza worked as an advocate for the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin as an expert in potential ground and surface water contamination due to mining activities proposed by Exxon Minerals and permitted by the State of Wisconsin.
 
Dr. David Serrano
Dr. Serrano is a graduate of the University of Miami, where he received his BS in Biology and Chemistry, and the University of Florida, where we was awarded a master’s and doctoral degree in Entomology. He has worked on natural area monitoring and restoration at Everglades National Park and the Florida State Park System. Dr. Serrano has also done contract work for the USDA in order to help protect American agriculture from exotic pests and diseases.  
 
Faculty for specialty classes includes high-ranking members of the South Florida Water Management district, USDA and Broward County Environmental Monitoring. 
Courses
All core classes are held on A. Hugh Adams Central Campus in Davie, and general education classes can be taken on any campus. The Geographic Information Systems Technical Certificate consists of nine credit hours, which takes one semester to complete on a full-time schedule. The Environment Science degree has 64 credit hours and can be completed in two years.  

 

Courses not listed on the program sheet include:

  • ORH1523: Native Upland Plants
  • ORH1524: Native Wetland Plants
  • SWS2242C: Wetlands Management 
 
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For Alumni
Graduates of Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology Program can help us keep our program ahead of the curve. Contact the Program Managers if you have suggestions on ways we can improve our program. If you haven’t activated your membership in the Alumni & Friends Association yet, make sure you do so today for exclusive group discounts, special offers and alumni-only networking events.
Contact Us
Program Manager
Dr. David Serrano
dserrano@broward.edu
 
Environmental Science Technology Department
A. Hugh Adams Central Campus
3501 SW Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
Building 7
954-201-6678
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