Why Choose the Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Sciences Program?
With the constant population growth, development of new technologies, and climate change, addressing human impacts on the environmental is a vital focus.
CPTC's Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Sciences (BAS-ENV) degree opens the door to additional opportunities in the wide range of career options in the field of environmental science. Some of the training opportunities include hands-on wildlife sampling; conservation focused management and restoration of ecosystems; environmental law and permitting; soil, water, and air sampling and analysis; geographic information system (GIS) analysis; workplace health and safety; and develop communication, business, and project management techniques. Students will gain experience using ecological and chemical principles and concepts as well as regulatory criteria and quality management in solving real-world environmental issues.
The hybrid delivery model for this degree has been designed to meet the educational needs of a diverse population including working adults.
This program takes advantage of CPTC's 110-acre outdoor learning laboratory at Flett Creek, across the street from our Lakewood Campus. If you love the outdoors and have a passion for nature, this program and career path might be your perfect fit.
The BAS-ENV includes highly relevant classes from CPTC’s other Bachelor of Applied Science programs as well as classes from its AAS program that are better suited for a four-year degree, including environmental law and introduction to air pollution. A project management component is also included to position graduates for career advancement.
Graduates of the BAS-ENV program will have the skills, knowledge and credentials needed to jump into an array of environmental, biotech or natural resources careers.
How Long It Takes:
The program is approximately six-to-eight quarters in length, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer quarters
Careers are available in both natural resource conservation and urban/ remediation fields. This program will assist students in preparing for positions with both public and private sector employers. Potential future job titles include environmental technician, natural resource technician, hazardous waste worker, hazardous material handler, fisheries technician, and storm water remediation operator.
This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at careeronestop.org.
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Meet Your Instructors
Derek R. Faust, Ph.D.
Derek Faust arrived at CPTC in 2018. He earned a B.S. in environmental science with a minor in chemistry at Elizabethtown College in 2010. He continued his education at Texas Tech University, earning a M.S. in environmental toxicology in 2012 with research focused on effects of pollutants in wetlands and green sea turtles. He earned a Ph.D. in forest resources at Mississippi State University in 2016 with research focusing on reducing nutrient runoff in agricultural landscapes. Following completion of his Ph.D., Derek was a postdoctoral research biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service's Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota. His research focused on water quality, greenhouse gas emissions, and soil health in integrated crop-livestock systems. Derek is particularly interested in aquatic ecology, wetlands, greenhouse gases, and agricultural landscapes.
Kathryn A. Smith, M.E.S.
Kathryn Smith arrived at CPTC in 2004 after working at the Hanford Site for more than 11 years. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and completed her Master of Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College. Kathryn is particularly interested in remediating our urban environmental footprint.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Sciences Program Information Sessions usually occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month.
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