Associate in Applied Science Degree
Environmental Science -
Water/Wastewater Specialization



How do I earn an Associate's Degree in Water/Wastewater from Mountain Empire Community College?

  1. Apply for admission to Mountain Empire Community College. (This has the application for admission and finanacial aid packets available.)
  2. Submit documentation of previous education, licenses and/or work experience which could be certified towards your degree (i.e.: water/wastewater licenses, college credits and/or degrees through Official Transcript,etc.)
  3. Take Math and English Placement Tests if needed. 
  4. Discuss with a college advisor the classes needed toward the degree.
  5. Pay for classes by cash, check, credit card, or letter of intent from employer.
  6. Register for classes.
  7. Complete all necessary class work (questions, labs, projects, field trips, and exams) for each course.
  8. Apply for graduation.
  9. Earn your Associate's Degree from Mountain Empire Community College


Program Description

The Environmental Science Water/Wastewater Major student will take course work from a wide array of natural resource offerings. These courses stress the practical application of scientific principles to the treatment of water for human consumption and for protection of water resources.


Distance Education Option

The entire Water/Wastewater Program can be completed through distance education courses. All technical courses are available at All support courses are available through either video or web-based instruction.


Opportunities for Employment

The Associate of Applied Science degree program in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for employment in municipal and industrial treatment facilities and laboratories. State agencies and private companies also employ MECC Environmental Science graduates. As environmental concerns continue to make news headlines, the job market continues to expand.


Program Requirements

Students are required to take English and mathematics placement tests. Developmental classes in these areas may be required. Students may not take a course out of normal sequence without the approval of your instructor.


Opportunities for Advancement

Coursework in the Water/Wastewater Major prepares students for the state certification exam required for a water or wastewater operator's license. This license is essential for career advancement. Students will also be able to keep abreast of technological advances in the field of environmental science, thus furthering career opportunities in this and related fields.


For Further Information Contact:

Dr. Chuks Ogbonnaya
276.523.2400 ext 276
Rosa Cooke
276.523.2400 ext 364


Tommy Clements, Dean
276.523.2400 ext 431





Course # Course Title Credit Progress
ENG 111 College Composition I 3  
ENV 110 Intro to Water/Wastewater Technology 3  
ENV 220 Environmental Problems 3  
MTH 103 Applied Technical Mathematics 3  
SCT 111 Introduction to Environmental Science 4  
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1  



ENV 115 Water Purification 3  
    Humanities Elective 3  
NAS 106 Conservation of Natural Resources 3  
SCT 112 Intro to Environmental Science II 4  
    Technical Elective1 3  



ENV 108 Environmental Microbiology 3  
ENV 149 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation 3  
ENV 227 Environmental Law 3  
    Social Science Elective 3  
    Elective 3  
    Health or PE Elective 1  



CIV 240 Fluid Mechanics/Hydraulics 3  
CIV 246 Water Resources Technology 3  
ENV 211 Sanitary Biology and Chemistry 3  
ENV 290 Coordinated Internship in Environmental Science 4  
    Social Science Elective 3  
Total Minimum Credits for Degree 65  



A minimum of 17 hours must be taken from Mountain Empire Community College. Other credits may transfer from an accredited university, college, community college or distance learning course.