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Environmental Management Associate in Science

Environmental Health and Safety Management

Nearly every industry worldwide needs environmental health and safety management. In compliance with federal, state, and local legislation, EHS professionals will support businesses lessening their impact on the environment and reducing risks and hazards in their workplaces. Hazard management includes air, soil, and water pollution, hazardous chemicals and wastes, solid waste, ergonomics, workplace safety, chemical, physical, and biological exposures, noise and lighting hazards, recycling, and sustainability management. EHS also provides emergency response to chemical, biological and nuclear spills and provides compliance with emergency response planning.

The Environmental Health and Safety Management department offers degrees and certificates to provide entry-level skills or upgrade and refine existing skills to perform EHS functions in manufacturing, healthcare, laboratory research, construction, and maritime industries. The programs are specifically designed to prepare students to interpret, analyze and implement various regulations, interpret injury and illness data, and minimize chemical, biological, and physical hazards for employees and the environment. This program emphasizes multicultural applications for training, digital literacy, professional written communications, leadership, and teamwork.

Career Opportunities

Environmental Health and Safety Technician/Specialist
Toxic Waste Specialist
Hazardous Waste Technician
HAZWOPER Emergency Response
Industrial Hygiene Technician
Environmental Compliance
Environmental Protection Specialist
Environmental Research
Stormwater/Wastewater Sampling
Sustainability Technician/Specialist
Air Quality Specialist
Phase 1 Investigator
Phase 2 Sampling Technician
EHS Consultant
COVID-19 Program Management
Environmental Remediation
Risk Management

Environmental Management Associate in Science

California leads the United States in environmental protection and sustainability efforts, creating a demand for environmental technicians and specialists in every region and most industries. Whether serving entry-level students or refining the skills of existing EHS professionals, students in the EHSM department will receive innovative hands-on training, in-depth regulatory comprehension, and work experience in air, water, hazardous waste, solid waste, and pollution prevention topics. The program prepares students in a broad understanding of environmental topics currently affecting the local, state, federal, and global populations while including culturally sensitive management techniques. Graduates earning an associate degree in Environmental Management may work as a technician or specialist serving hazardous waste, solid waste, environmental health and safety, environmental sciences, sustainability, water pollution, and air pollution industries.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Perform work-related functions according to current industry standards.
  • Assess and resolve work-related problems using current industry-specific tools and resources.
  • Communicate effectively to prospective clients, managers and coworkers in a workplace setting.
  • Abide by industry regulations regarding occupational health and safety, and/or environmental standards.

Associate in Science Degree Requirements

EHSM-100Introduction to Environmental and Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Technology4
EHSM-110Pollution Prevention3
EHSM-150Hazardous Waste Management Applications4
EHSM-200Hazardous Materials Management (HMM) Applications4
EHSM-210Industrial Wastewater and Stormwater Management4
EHSM-215Air Quality Management3
EHSM-230Hazwoper Certification3
List A
Select one of the following:1-4
Cooperative Work Experience
EHS Field Applications
List B
Select either:4-5
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
Principles of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology
List C
Select one of the following:4-5
Preparation for General Chemistry
General Chemistry I
List D
Select one of the following:3-5
Principles of Information Systems
Public Speaking
Intercultural Communication
Spanish I
Total Units37-44

Plus General Education Requirements