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Environmental Sciences & Technology

Why Choose the Environmental Sciences & Technology Program?

With the constant population growth and development of new technologies, environmental impact is a vital focus. Students in CPTC's Environmental Sciences & Technology program train for a wide range of career opportunities in the field of environmental science. Some of the training opportunities include hands-on water-quality monitoring; soil, water, and air sampling; mineral identification; wetland delineation and restoration; geographic information system mapping; and simulated hazardous waste site cleanup operations. 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.


Our Environmental Sciences & Technology program will prepare you for a wide range of career options, including working in forestry and fish hatcheries or as a natural-resource technician.
How Long It Takes:

Environmental Sciences & Technology Degree: 6 Quarters


All program lengths are estimates and are not guarantees.


Potential Careers


Median annual pay in Washington:

$72,380 per year

Full Career Details

Career Pathway



This is not a guarantee of employment or a certain wage. Full career data available at

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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 paricularly interested in aquatic ecology, wetlands, greenhouse gases, and agricultural landscapes.

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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.

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Environmental Sciences & Technology Program Information Sessions occur at 3 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information and a complete schedule of session dates, view our Program Info Session Schedule.




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Marcia Wilson was birdwatching in the hopes of tracking down new species for the bird list at Clover Park Technical College when thoughts of pesky ospreys and ulcer-inspiring green herons braked with a screech.

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CPTC Honors Andy Fritz with Trek for Tech


CPTC Environmental Sciences & Technology alum Cathy Hamilton-Wissmer stands next to the tree dedicated to the memory of Andy Fritz, who was one of her instructors in the program.

CPTC had been a part of Cathy Hamilton-Wissmer’s life long before she decided to enroll in the Environmental Sciences & Technology program in 2009. Eight years after graduating, she continues to make the college a key part of her life.

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CPTC Honors Andy Fritz with Trek for Tech


CPTC Environmental Sciences & Technologies Instructor Kathryn Smith and Col. Edward Smith place a commemorative plaque next to the Garry Oak planted in honor of Andy Fritz.

CPTC memorialized a long-time faculty member and began a new fitness and fundraising tradition Saturday, July 28, with the Andy Fritz Memorial Trek for Tech 5k. More than 230 racers registered to participate in the 5k.

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