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Environmental Science Technology


The Environment Needs You  
Our impact on the environment is of critical concern in the 21st century. Coral reefs are disappearing around the world at astonishing rates; the global economy and developing countries have increased levels of pollution worldwide; and various terrestrial and marine animals have already vanished from the face of the earth due to human activities. Here at home, our own Everglades face extinction as development continues to encroach westward.
With the training and instruction Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology program offers, you can play a major role in saving our distressed natural resources. You have the power to change the course of disastrous events occurring on a global scale—and it all begins here.

Classroom Experience
Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology program utilizes state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities to train you for lab and field work. Project-based learning provides hands-on research activities that complement the type of research you will be doing as an environmental science technician. Some of the material you will be learning includes:
  • Arcview software
  • Native plant studies
  • Conservation of natural resource
  • How to properly manage wetlands
  • Environmental sampling and analysis
Our program will prepare you for a wide variety of positions in the environmental science sector. By the time you graduate, you will be able to:
  • Collect air, water and soil samples
  • Monitor compliance with environmental regulations
  • Process and analyze samples in a laboratory setting
Day, evening and online classes are offered for your convenience, and class sizes are limited so you can learn without having to compete for your professors’ attention. To learn more about the Environmental Science Technology program, look through the full program descriptions linked below.
Career Path
More and more organizations, in the private and public sectors, are focusing on “green operations” and environmental sustainability. As a result, the job outlook for environmental science technicians is expected to grow much faster than average nationwide, with a 12 percent increase in job growth through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Employ Florida Marketplace reports that salaries for environmental technicians in Florida begin at $12 an hour with average salaries topping off at $16 to $18 an hour. 
As environmental science technicians, graduates of Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology AS degree program find career opportunities with governmental agencies, construction and engineering firms, and environmental assessment companies. The positions available for our graduates include:
  • Geology technicians
  • Environmental samplers
  • Instrumentation technicians
  • Biology laboratory technicians
  • Pollution and control technicians
  • Environmental health inspectors
  • Agricultural laboratory technicians
  • Environmental laboratory technicians
  • Groundwater contamination technicians
Is This Program Right for Me?

If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, you should: 

  • Be detail-oriented
  • Work well in a team
  • Have a passion for science
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Have an analytical, problem-solving mindset
  • Have no allergies or have them under control 
  • Be comfortable in a wide range of outdoor settings, from the ocean to marshlands
Broward College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.
Dr. David Serrano
Dr. Serrano is a graduate of the University of Miami, where he received his BS in Biology and Chemistry, and the University of Florida, where we was awarded a master’s and doctoral degree in Entomology. He has worked on natural area monitoring and restoration at Everglades National Park and the Florida State Park System. Dr. Serrano has also done contract work for the USDA in order to help protect American agriculture from exotic pests and diseases.  
Dr. Pamela Fletcher
Dr. Fletcher is a graduate of the University of Florida, holding a PhD in Soil and Water Science. Some of her work includes coral reef management and restoration.
Faculty for specialty classes includes high-ranking members of the South Florida Water Management district, the USDA, and Broward County Environmental Monitoring.

The Environmental Science Technology AS program includes courses such as:

CHM1045/L General Chemistry I with Lab

BSC2010/L Introduction to Biology I with Lab

ORH2527 Florida Flora and Ecosystem Landscapes

EVR2930 Environmental Science Seminar

EVR1858 Environmental Regulations

EVR2949 Co-op Internship

Additionally, several General Education courses are also required. These courses include:
ENC1101 Composition I

ENC1102 Composition II

SPC1024 Introduction to Speech Communications OR SPC1608 Public Speaking

Please see the program sheet for the complete list of required courses.

Do I need special permission or a supplemental application to enter the Environmental Science Technology AS program?

No. The Environmental Science Technology AS program is open to all interested students.

How long does the program take to complete?

Full-time students complete the program in two years.

Are program courses available at all campuses and centers?

General education courses and select core courses (such as MAC1105 College Algebra, CHM1045/L General Chemistry I and Lab, BSC2010/L Introduction to Biology I with Lab)  are available at multiple campuses and centers.

Specialty classes (such as EVR1858 Environmental Regulations and EVR2930 Environmental Science Seminar) are offered exclusively on Central Campus.

Is there an exit exam or industry license exam required to graduate?

No. There is no exit exam or licensure exam required.

For Alumni
Graduates of Broward College’s Environmental Science Technology Program can help us keep our program ahead of the curve. Contact the Program Managers if you have suggestions on ways we can improve our program. If you haven’t activated your membership in the Alumni & Friends Association yet, make sure you do so today for exclusive group discounts, special offers and alumni-only networking events.
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Program Manager
Dr. David Serrano
Environmental Science Technology Department
A. Hugh Adams Central Campus
3501 SW Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
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