Department of Engineering Technology
Kathy Mathis, program coordinator
The Environmental Sustainability and Technology major includes course work in energy technology in the engineering technology, geosciences, soils as well as the classical sciences departments. This major studies the classic energy sources and the renewable/alternative energy possibilities. Students will be able to apply their knowledge with utility, construction, municipalities, and other energy related industries for energy generation sources as well as conservation efforts.
The requirements for a major include a core, 41 hours in General Education, and a guided cognate of several hours in an identified specialty or concentration. Courses are offered by Agribusiness and Agriscience, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering Technology, and Geosciences.
Typical employment opportunities exist in the various levels of governmental agencies and as environmental consultants in manufacturing, construction, and agricultural industries in such areas as air and water quality control, environmental analysis, recycling, hazardous and solid waste management, and noise.
Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities offered through the Center for Energy Efficiency and the CLEAR Water Institute. The center promotes energy economics and environmental awareness and stewardship for students, faculty, administrators, and others in the community. Through interaction with local, state, and federal associations, the center offers certification seminars, educational and training opportunities, and leadership in achieving energy management and efficiency goals. The institute is an interdisciplinary group of scientists that address environmental issues related to water quality. Undergraduate research opportunities exist.
Students should consult their advisors each semester to plan their schedules.