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The following Environmental Technology courses are offered:

ENVT 304     Environmental Biology    3 Units
Same As: BIOL 350
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area IV; CSU Area B2; IGETC Area 5B
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an overview of ecosystems and natural resources. Major topics covered include scientific methods, data interpretation, ecological principles, ecosystem functioning, conservation biology, resource use (including historical and cultural values) and management, and human-caused environmental impacts (e.g. pollution). This course provides the background needed to understand major global and regional issues such as acid rain, global warming, hazardous waste disposal, deforestation, ecological sustainability, and endangered species recovery. ENVT 304 is a general education course that is especially useful for Environmental Technology, Environmental Sciences, Ecology, Recreation, Education, and Political Science majors. This course is the same as BIOL 350. You cannot enroll in this course if you have passed BIOL 350. Field trips, attendance at public meetings, and/or a semester project may be required. 

ENVT 350     Water Resources    4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course provides an overview of water resources including aspects of the chemistry, geography, and biology of aquatic systems. Water laws and the ecotoxicology of water resources will also be discussed. Students will learn to use basic sampling and analysis methods to assess water resources. Students will be expected to conduct lab work, some of which may be outdoors. The class is useful for students interested in Environment Science, Environmental Technology, Geography, Natural Resource Management, and Biology. This class is not intended for students training as water treatment plant operators. 

ENVT 350.1     Fundamentals of Water Resources    1 Unit
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC  
This course provides an overview of water resources including aspects of the chemistry, geography, and biology of aquatic systems. Topics include hydrologic cycle, ocean resources, freshwater systems, and groundwater. Water laws and regulations are also discussed. The class is useful for students interested in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Geography, Natural Resource Management, and Biology.  (The class is not intended for students training as water treatment plant operators.) 

ENVT 350.2     Groundwater Resources    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENVT 350.1.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB 
This course provides an overview of groundwater resources. The structure of aquifers including groundwater recharge, storage, and flow is discussed.  Students will analyze the impacts of groundwater withdrawal and contamination. Students will learn to use basic sampling and analysis methods used to assess groundwater systems. The remediation of contaminated groundwater will be discussed. Students will be expected to conduct lab work; some of this may be outdoors. The class is useful for students interested in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Geography, Natural Resource Management, and Biology. A basic knowledge of water resources is assumed before beginning the course. The class is not intended for students training as water treatment plant operators. 

ENVT 350.3     Surface Freshwater Resources    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENVT 350.1.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB 
This course provides an overview of surface water resources including lakes, streams, and wetlands.  The general characteristics of these ecosystems will be discussed with an emphasis on the biology of these systems.  Students will learn to use basic sampling and analysis methods used to assess freshwater systems.  The ecotoxicology and clean up of contaminated surface water will be discussed.  Students will be expected to conduct lab work, some of which may be outdoors.  The class is useful for students interested in Environmental Science, Environmental Technology, Geography, Natural Resource Management, and Biology.  A basic knowledge of water resources is assumed before beginning the course.  The class is not intended for students training as water treatment plant operators. 

ENVT 351     Math for Water and Wastewater Operators    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: CHEM 305 and MATH 120
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to wastewater and water mathematic functions. Topics covered include general math, including significant figures and proper rounding, applicable algebraic and geometry equations, unit analysis, volumes, flows, pressures, conversions, solution strengths, and applicable laboratory and chemistry equations used in water and wastewater treatment operations.  Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 352     Water Resource Management    1.5 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENVT 350.1.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 27 hours LAB 
This course provides an overview of managing potable and waste water supply with respect to use.  Topics include water resource demand, the soil/water relationship and water quality.  Water treatment laws and regulation will also be discussed.  Students learn the basic sampling and analysis methods to assess quality and application issues.  Students are expected to conduct lab work, some of which will be outdoors.  This class is useful for students interested in Environmental Science or Technology, Natural Resource Management and Biology.  This class is not intended for students training as water treatment plant operators. 

ENVT 353     Science for Water and Wastewater Operators    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENVT 351
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course will cover three topic areas, Biology, Chemistry, and Physics as they apply to operation, maintenance, and management of water and wastewater facilities.  The course is intended to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of the sciences underlying studies of water and wastewater conveyance and treatment.  Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 354     Waste Water Management: Basic Instrumentation and Electrical Controls    4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 
This course is an introduction to power and control circuits and devices used with  water and wastewater distribution and treatment systems. Units of instruction include a study of electron theory, magnetism, induction, alternating current, direct current, resistance and capacitance. Practice using electrical meters and test instruments in laboratory classes along with related safety practices will also be covered. Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 355     Introduction to Water, Wastewater and Recycled Water Management    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to water, wastewater and recycled water management. Topics covered include history of water supply and treatment, wastewater collection and treatment, and recycling water in the world and in the United States; and an overview of the State and federal regulations governing water supply, wastewater treatment and recycled water use, including permitting requirements and operator certification program.   This course provides an introduction to managing water and wastewater systems. Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 356     Wastewater Operations and Maintenance I    3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENVT 351
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an introduction to wastewater operations and maintenance. Topics covered include responsibilities of the plant operator, collection of wastewater and infrastructure, wastewater treatment facilities, preliminary treatment operations and maintenance including racks, screen, grit removal, sedimentation and flotation, trickling filters, rotating biological contractors, activated sludge, waste treatment ponds, disinfection and chlorination. This course provides the student with an entry level background into the field of operations and maintenance of wastewater. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required.  

ENVT 357     Wastewater Operations and Maintenance II    3 Units
Prerequisite: ENVT 356 with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an advanced level of understanding of wastewater operations and maintenance. Topics covered include activated sludge, sludge digestion and solids handling, effluent disposal, plant safety and good housekeeping, maintenance, basic laboratory procedures, application of computers for plant operations and maintenance, analysis and presentation of data, records and report writing. Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 358     Water Treatment Operation and Maintenance I  
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENVT 351 and 355 
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an entry level understanding of drinking water treatment. Topics covered include history of water treatment, responsibilities of the plant operator, reasons for treating water, source water management, water treatment facilities, treatment process and technologies, disinfection and plant maintenance.  This course provides the background into the importance of treating water, its functionality, past and present technology and the future of drinking water. Field trips may be required.  

ENVT 359     Water Treatment Operation and Maintenance II    
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENVT 358 with a grade of “C” or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an advanced level understanding of drinking water treatment. Topics covered include drinking water regulations, laboratory procedures, iron and manganese control, fluoridation, water treatment plant design, advanced treatment process and technologies such as softening, membrane filtration and demineralization, instrumentation and control, advance plant maintenance and plant administration.  This course provides the background into the importance of advanced water treatment, its functionality, past and present technology and the future of drinking water.  Field trips and/or a semester project may be required. This course meets the initial education requirements for treatment operator certification exam. Field trips may be required. 

ENVT 360     Water Distribution Operation and Maintenance    
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides an understanding of drinking water distribution systems operation and maintenance. Topics covered include: design criteria, storage, pumping, flow control, construction methods, disinfection, control of water quality in a water distribution system, federal and state drinking water regulations, maintenance and administration of a water distribution system. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required. This course meets the initial educational requirements for a distribution operator certification exam.
 
ENVT 361     Wastewater Collection Systems Operation and Maintenance    3 Units
Prerequisite: None. 
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC  
This course provides a basic level of understanding of proper installation, inspections, operations, maintenance and repair of wastewater collection systems. Topics covered include the wastewater collection operator, wastewater collection systems, safe procedures, inspecting and testing collections systems, pipeline cleaning and maintenance methods, and underground repairs. Field trips and/or a semester project may be required. 

ENVT 495     Independent Studies in Environmental Technology    
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 

ENVT 498     Work Experience in Environmental Technology    
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity or job related to career goals.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours:  300 hours LAB 
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within their current job. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms, which document the student’s progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the course of the semester, the student is required to fulfill a 16 hour orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken four times for credit, when there is new or expanded learning on the job, for a maximum of 16 units. 

ENVT 499     Experimental Offering  in Environmental Technology    
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC ; 54 hours LAB 



Updated 6/11/14

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