Environmental Science


Men in safety gear use a pole to check the water of a pond

The Environmental Science Technology curriculum is designed to prepare individuals for employment in environmental testing, consulting, remediation, and related industries. Major emphasis is placed on biological and chemical evaluation of societal impact and sustainable management of the environment.

Students may choose one of the following program majors:

Environmental Management Technology: A general program that focuses on the studies and activities relating to the natural environment and its conservation, use, and improvement. Potential course work includes instruction in subjects such as climate, air, soil, water, land, fish and wildlife, and plant resources; in the basic principles of environmental science and natural resources management; and the recreational and economic uses of renewable and nonrenewable natural resources.

Environmental Science Technology: A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Potential course work includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

A PCC Environmental Science degree can lead to careers in:

  • Chemical and Biological Analysis
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment
  • EPA Compliance
  • Hazardous Material Handling
  • Contaminated Site Assessment
  • Waste Management
  • Land Management
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement

Employment Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental science technicians is projected to grow faster than the national average for other careers.
The median wage for environmental science technicians was $41,240 in 2012. The top 10 percent earned more than $68,620

Required Courses

For more information contact:

Zac Schnell
Environmental Science Instructor/Advisor
252-249-1851 3115
Room 436

Pamlico Community College does not discriminate in its educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of sex, age, disability, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation or religion.