Associate in Applied Science - Water Science
Certificate - Water and Wastewater Certificate
Fall, Winter, Spring
Certificate - Water Science Geographic Information Systems
Spokane Community College
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The Water Science Program at SCC is one of only a few programs of its kind in the United States with direct ties to the United States Geological Survey. Earning the AAS in Water Science provides hands-on experience in the field learning how to measure water flow, collect samples, complete field surveys, analyze and report water quality conditions, and learn about aquatic life and their ecosystems to help improve fish habitat. Additional coursework and training in GIS, water and wastewater operations, and career networking are also part of the degree in preparation for a career in local, state and federal agencies, tribes, and private industry.
Earning the one-year certificate in Water & Wastewater Operations provides foundational general education along with training on specific topics within these fields to help prepare for the Washington State Operator in Training (OIT) exams. Working industry professionals are brought in as adjunct faculty to teach classes providing current and relevant subject matter.
Earning the one-year certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provides up to date training using the latest GIS software versions combined with practical applications and a cap stone project working with a community partners on real world projects. The GIS certificate is embedded within the Water Science AAS degree.
Students completing the Water Science degree can earn a BA or BS degree in Geosciences at Eastern Washington University in 2 years under a 2+2 direct transfer agreement.
Math placement is not required for this program.English placement is not required for this program.
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Water Science Geographic Information Systems
Total Program Credits: 30
Students completing the Water Science Progream will have specialized training in:
Installing, operating, and maintaining instruments used in stream gaging and discharge measurement
Collecting, recognizing, and identifying aquatic organisms from invertebrate insects to fish species, relating what is found to the habitat and aquatic ecosystem conditions
Restoration practices used to improve fish habitat and water quality, including techniques to stabilize slopes and recover degraded lakes and stream courses
Advanced data collection and analysis techniques pertaining to hydrology
Students completing the Certificate in Water and Wastewater will have specialized training in:
Common system operations pertaining to both water and wastewater
Regulatory permitting requirements common to both water and wastewater
Preparation for Operator in Training (OIT) exams for both water and wastewater
Networking for internships and job placement
Customized options to accommodate online and remote students are available. We also have a streamlined program for students with bachelor’s degrees. If you already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university (regardless of your major), you can get through the program quicker while still learning:
Stream discharge/gaging measurements using Acoustic Doppler
Groundwater and surface water sampling and analyses
Watershed restoration monitoring and techniques
Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
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