Curriculum & Outcomes

Energy & Science Technician

Associate of Applied Science Degree

93 - 99 credits

Program Mission: The Energy & Science Technician AAS degree prepares students to meet the increasing demand for jobs related to green technology, alternative energy, and laboratory sciences. The program prepares students for employment as technicians in areas such as biomedical and industrial laboratories, manufacturing, energy services, and environmental positions in public and private institutions.

Students will receive a well-rounded education that includes courses in mathematics, written and oral communication, social sciences, energy sciences, biology, chemistry, physics, and computers. Technical electives also allow students to direct their studies toward specializations in bio-energy & environmental sciences, alternative & renewable energy technology, and industrial/laboratory sciences. Stand alone certificates are also available for each specialization.

Energy & Science Technician AAS graduates will:

  • Be prepared for a range of entry level technician positions in energy and laboratory/industrial employment areas
  • Explain the concepts of electrical energy and how energy is used within various applications
  • Explain the impact of local, national, and global energy usage with regards to the environment
  • Measure and rate different sources of alternative energy and analyze these for the suitability of a particular application
  • Apply the basic principles of science including theory, observation, hypothesis, and experimentation
  • Calculate using metric measurements, scientific notation, significant figures and conversion factors
  • Examine and communicate the relationship between chemistry and living systems including the role of chemistry in laboratory and energy sciences
  • Apply basic computer skills to academic and work-related operations
  • Acquire employment skills in a particular industry through the internship requirement
  • Demonstrate Critical Thinking, Teamwork, Communication, Intercultural Appreciation, and Technical and Information Literacy skills
  • Meet Social Science, Humanities, Written Communication, and Quantitative Reasoning distribution area outcomes

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

CHEM& 121 Intro to Chemistry 5
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
ETEC 110 Introduction to Alternative Energy & Energy Management 5
PHYS& 114 General Physics I w/Lab 5
STEC 198 Cooperative Work Seminar 1
STEC 199 Cooperative Work Experience 4
Choose 10 crs. of BTE
BTE 111 Word 5
BTE 112 Excel 5
BTE 114 Access 5
BTE 281 Project Management 5

Academic Core Requirements 30 Credits

Written Communication 10
Humanities 5
Quantitative Reasoning 10
Social Science 5
Total Program Credits93-99

See Academic Core for a list of all applicable courses for each of the categories listed above.

Technical Elective (select any 28-34 credits from below):

Bio Energy Focus Elective Suggestions
BIOL& 211 Cellular Biology 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic/Biochemistry 5
ETEC 121 Biomass/Bio-fuels Basics 5
STEC 200 Good Lab Practice 4
STEC 221 Hazardous Waste Management 5
STEC 225 Quality/Statistical ProcessControl 5
Renewable Energy Technology Focus Elective Suggestions
ELEC 114 Electronic Testing Processes& Techniques I
ELEC 120 Introduction to ElectronicsII 6
ELEC 211 Digital Electronics 6
ETEC 123 Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems 4
ETEC 124 Fundamentals of Water and Wind Power 5
STEC 225 Quality/Statistical ProcessControl 5
Industrial Laboratory Focus Elective Suggestions
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
CHEM& 131 Introduction to Organic/BioChemistry 5
STEC 200 Good Lab Practice 4
STEC 225 Quality/Statistical ProcessControl 5
ELEC 110 Introduction to Electronics I 6
No More than 8 Credits may be chosen from below
ARGT 111 Architectural Print Reading I 2
ARGT 112 Construction Techniques 4
ARGT 121 Architectural Graphics 4
ARGT 225 Construction Management & Estimating 4

Bio-Energy

Certificate of Completion

19 Credits

The Bio-Energy certificate will prepare the student for a career in energy, environmental toxicology, and in-dustrial practices, and provide a general understanding of the new biological technology in the energy sector. The certificate is targeted at individuals seeking fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the energy and biological technology industry as well as for those interested in learning more about the biological energy systems of the future. Students have the option of continuing their education by pursuing an AAS degree in Energy & Science Technician and specializing in Bio Energy, Renewable Electric Energy, or Industrial Laboratory.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
ETEC 110 Introduction to Alternative Energy & Energy Management 5
ETEC 121 Biomass/Bio-fuel Basics 5
STEC 200 Good Laboratory Practice 4
Total Program Credits19

Energy Technology

Certificate of Completion

19 Credits

The Energy Technology certificate program prepares students for a career in energy management, site assessment or technician level by training, retraining or upgrading skills. Students will learn the basics of energy site assessment, the technologies behind renewable energy and apply the trade-offs associated with implementation of each, both economic and environmental. The certificate is targeted at individuals seeking fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the field of alternative energy. Students have the option of continuing their education by pursuing an AAS degree in Energy & Science Technician and specializing in Bio Energy, Renewable Electric Energy, or Industrial Laboratory.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ETEC 110 Introduction to Alternative Energy & Energy Management 5
ETEC 121 Biomass/Bio-fuels Basics 5
ETEC 123 Introduction to PhotovoltaicSystems 4
ETEC 124 Fundamentals of Water and Wind Power 5
Total Program Credits19

Energy & Science Technician

Industrial/Laboratory

Certificate of Completion

19 Credits

The Industrial/Laboratory certificate program will prepare the student for employment in the Industrial or Laboratory sectors. Students will learn the basics behind good lab practices that will be useful for managing and working within a laboratory setting such as healthcare, agricultural labs, wet labs, or other analysis careers, as well as information about energy, process control, and the impact of industry/laboratory on the environment. The certificate is targeted at individuals seeking fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the industrial or laboratory sciences. Students have the option of continuing their education by pursuing an AAS degree in Energy & Science Technician and specializing in Bio Energy, Renewable Electric Energy, or Industrial Laboratory.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall, Winter, Spring

Program Requirements

ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
STEC 200 Good Lab Practice 4
STEC 221 Hazardous Waste Management 5
STEC 225 Quality /Statistical ProcessControl 5
Total Program Credits19

Energy & Science Technician

I-BEST Energy Technology 

Certificate of Completion

28 Credits

The I-BEST Energy Technology certificate is intended for individuals seeking a career in energy management or site assessment: students learn the basics of energy site assessment, the technologies behind renewable energy, and apply the trade-offs associated with implementation of each, both economic and environmental. This certificate prepares an increasingly diverse workforce for employment opportunities in the field of alternative energy. It provides ESL/ABED students with fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the field of alternative energy. All-professional-technical classes are taught with a 50% overlap of instruction between the ESL faculty and the professional-technical faculty.

Corequisites:

  • EASL 085 is a corequisite for ENVS& 101 and ETEC 110
  • EASL 087 is a corequisite for ETEC 123

It is the student's responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall

Program Requirements

ETEC 110 Introduction to Alternative Energy & Energy Management 5
ETEC 121 Biomass and Bio-fuel Basics 5
ETEC 123 Introduction to Photovoltiac Systems 4
ETEC 124 Fundamentals of Water and Wind Power 5
EASL 085 ESL Energy Technology Applications I 3
EASL 086 ESL Energy Technology Applications II 3
EASL 087 ESL Energy Technology Applications III 3
Total Program Credits28

I-BEST Industrial Laboratory

Certificate of Completion

25 Credits

The I-BEST Industrial/Laboratory certificate is targeted at individuals seeking employment in the Industrial or Laboratory sectors. It prepares an increasingly diverse workforce for employment opportunities in laboratory settings such as healthcare, agriculture, or the environment. This certificate provides ESL/ABED students with fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the industrial or laboratory sciences. All-professional-technical classes are taught with a 50% overlap of instruction between the ESL faculty and the professional-technical faculty.

Corequisities:

  • EASL 086 is a corequisite for ENVS& 101 and STEC 200
  • EASL 087 is a corequisite for STEC 221 and STEC 225

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Winter

Program Requirements

ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
STEC 200 Good Lab Practice 4
STEC 221 Hazardous Waste Management 5
STEC 225 Quality and Statistical Process Control 5
EASL 086 ESL Energy Technology Applications II 3
EASL 087 ESL Energy Technology Applications III 3
Total Program Credits25

I-BEST Bio-Energy

Certificate of Completion

25 Credits

The I-BEST Bio-Energy certificate of completion is targeted at individuals seeking fundamental knowledge that can be applied in the energy and biological technology industry as well as at those interested in learning more about the biological energy systems in the future. It prepares an increasingly diverse workforce for employment opportunities in energy, environmental toxicology, and industrial practices. This certificate provides ESL/ABED students with a general understanding of the new biological technology in the energy sector. All-professional-technical classes are taught with a 50% overlap of instruction between the ESL faculty and the professional-technical faculty.

Corequisites:

  • EASL 085 is a co-requisite for ETEC 110 and ETEC 121
  • EASL 086 is a co-requisite for STEC 200 and STEC 220

It is the student’s responsibility to discuss sequencing and work out their individual schedule with a counselor or advisor. Any developmental coursework a student may be required to complete may increase the program length.

ACADEMIC PLAN

Admission Dates: Fall

Program Requirements

EASL 085 ESL Energy Technology Applications I 3
EASL 086 ESL Energy Technology Applications III 3
ENVS& 101 Introduction to Environmental Science 5
ETEC 100 Introduction to Alternative Energy 5
ETEC 121 Biomass/Bio-fuel Basics 5
STEC 200 Good Laboratory Practice 4
Total Program Credits25