2019-2020 College Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Water Quality Technology, A.A.S.

Degree: Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Program description. The Water Quality Technology program is designed to train individuals for careers in water and wastewater treatment operations. Instructional materials align with those used for state-level certifications, so graduates from this program will be prepared for state-level certification in water and wastewater treatment operations. The program provides both operational theory and a strong practical background in mathematics, chemistry and aquatic sciences through coursework, site visits and a capstone project conducted at a local water or wastewater treatment facility.

Typical job opportunities: The Water Quality Technology program prepares individuals for entry-level positions at public or private water and wastewater treatment plants throughout the State. General science proficiencies provide a foundation for positions in environmental conservation or natural resources.

Program goals. Upon completion of the Water Quality Technology program, the graduate will have developed the skills, knowledge and abilities to accomplish the following:

  1. Apply physical, chemical and biological concepts and principles while learning to operate water and wastewater treatment systems for sustainable outcomes.
  2. Develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to properly use the equipment, instruments, software and technical reference materials commonly used in water or wastewater treatment operations.
  3. Communicate effectively using well-developed written, spoken and visual methods.
  4. Assimilate and practice the concepts and principles of working safely in a team environment.
  5. Obtain employment within the discipline.

Contact(s): Natural and Behavioral Sciences Department, (865) 694-6685

Courses and Course Sequence

This sequence can be followed by students who begin college-level work in the fall semester. Prerequisites may apply to specific courses; it is the student’s responsibility to determine if prerequisites have been met. An academic advisor is provided for each student. Prior to registering each semester, the student is expected to consult with his/her assigned advisor.

Total Credit Hours Needed for Graduation: 60-61

Complete the sequence of courses based upon the focus area of interest:
    Water Operations focus WTRQ 2110  and WTRQ 2150  and WTRQ 2180  
    Wastewater Operations focus WTRQ 2210  and WTRQ 2220  and WTRQ 2270  
See the General Education  section of this Catalog for electives.