Water Science

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Program Purpose: Students taking courses in the Water Science (WS) program will learn the technical concepts underlying the water industry. Program outcomes will include the ability to analyze water chemistry, evaluate sources of contamination, design water delivery and treatment systems, and examine environmental issues relayed to domestic water use. Courses in the WS program are applicable towards licensure, continuing education credits, and may be used by students seeking quality employment opportunities.

Program Description: The WS program provides students with the technical training they need to pursue a career in the municipal potable water and wastewater industries. Waterworks operators protect public health by ensuring that plant operations comply with state and federally mandated drinking water and wastewater disposal standards. Students seeking an Associate's Degree in Water Science may choose the Water option to prepare them for a career in potable water treatment or the Wastewater option to prepare them for a career in wastewater sanitation. Regardless of the option chosen, both paths lead to rewarding careers protecting the health of both the community and the environment at local, state, and federal levels.

What is Water Science?

The processing and delivery of potable water and proper treatment and disposal of waste water is a significant heath concern. The Water Science program trains and qualifies water service workers to work in municipal water districts, in accordance with industry standards.

Area Dean: Dr. Karen Engelsen
Phone: (805) 289-6064
Office: ASC 111

Administrative Assistant: Eileen Crump
Phone: (805) 289-6229
Location: ASC 110

Chair: Dr, Roxanne Forde
Phone: (805) 289-6162
Location: ECT Bldg.

Career Opportunities:

Modern water and waste water treatment plants require new technical skills. Currently employed technicians require constant upgrading of their skills, and both groups of employees must become State certified to become, or to remain, employed. The field of water and waste water treatment is ever-changing and the demands for qualified personnel will be constant as this field continues to change and expand.

Degrees and Certificates:

  • Associate in Science Degree
  • Certificate of Achievement


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