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Environmental Technology - Health and Safety

The Environmental Technology Health and Safety Certificate is designed to prepare students to enter the environmental health and safety field or upgrade working individuals with environmental health and safety field technician skills.

Students will gain the skills and knowledge that allow a person to work in the environmental field in compliance with governmental regulations and at the same time protect human health and the environment.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
ET 130 - Health Effects of Environmental Hazardous MaterialsM3.0
ET 130 - Health Effects of Environmental Hazardous Materials (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to educate students working in or seeking employment in areas that include health and safety responsibilities. The course provides an overview of how to identify and evaluate the hazards of chemical, physical, and biological agents that can be encountered in industrial operations, as well as waste disposal and remediation sites.

ET 260 - Environmental Sampling and AnalysisM4.0
ET 260 - Environmental Sampling and Analysis (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides an overview of the techniques of sampling protocols for obtaining soil, air, surface water, and groundwater samples based on sampling protocols approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the lecture, emphasis is placed on aspects of the procurement of samples through the EPA-approved standard operating procedures and practices. In the laboratory, students gain practical knowledge and skills for the appropriate collection and handling of environmental samples.

Total Semester Units:7.0 
2nd Semester
ET 230 - Safety and Emergency ResponseM4.0
ET 230 - Safety and Emergency Response (4.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students working or seeking employment in the environmental technology field with hands-on instruction in safety and emergency response to chemical and physical exposures at hazardous waste sites. Topics include hazard identification, emergency response planning, proper use and selection of personal protective equipment (PPE), site control and evaluation, handling drums and containers, field sampling and air monitoring, proper use of instruments, confined spaces, and emergency response including field exercises in the use of air-purifying respirators (APR) and self-contained breathing apparatuses (SCBA). This course satisfies the requirements for 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) training under Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Standard 1910.120 and confined space entry training under OSHA Standard 1910.146.

ET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Environmental Technology Related FieldsM1.0
ET 290 - Cooperative Work Experience/Internship for Environmental Technology Related Fields (1.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course supports and reinforces on-the-job training in business and industrial establishments under the supervision of a college instructor, and is facilitated by the use of learning objectives. Students work in a skilled or professional-level assignment in their area of vocational interest, and will meet performance objectives related to instruction above and beyond the conditions of regular employment. This course is intended for students whose job is related to the field of environmental technology, and who have completed or enrolled in the appropriate coursework. Contact the CWE office regarding re-enrollment procedures.

Student Unpaid Internship:
1 Unit/60 hours; 2 Units/120 hours;
3 Units/180 hours;4 Units/240 hours
Student Paid Internship
1 Unit/75 hours; 2 Units/150 hours;
3 Units/225 hours; 4 Units/300 hours.

BIOL 120 - Environmental BiologyM3.0
BIOL 120 - Environmental Biology (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

In this course, students utilize basic biological concepts and an interdisciplinary approach to determine how to address environmental challenges. Topics may include ecosystem characteristics and functions, population dynamics, energy and material resource use, pollution, and alternative energy sources. Because the course takes up the social, political, and economic implications of environmental decisions, it is intended for students from many disciplines, including non-STEM disciplines. This course fulfills the general education requirement for life sciences majors.

BIOL 120L - Environmental Biology LaboratoryM1.0
BIOL 120L - Environmental Biology Laboratory (1.0 units)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: BIOL 120
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; MATH 053 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This laboratory course complements the Environmental Biology lecture course and is designed for students interested in furthering their understanding of the environmental sciences. The scientific method is employed to investigate ecosystems and their functions, natural selection, population interactions, environmental toxicology, radiation exposure effects, soil and groundwater systems, water pollution, alternative energy systems, and environmental resistance. This is a required course for Environmental Science majors.

Total Semester Units:9.0 
Summer 1
ET 250 - Fundamentals of Safety and Health IM3.0
ET 250 - Fundamentals of Safety and Health I (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement, MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to introduce students to the field of occupational safety and health management and program development. Topics include instruction on federal, state and local agency legislation, and the application of labor and occupational safety and health regulations. The course content also includes familiarization with workers compensation/general liability insurance, accident investigation techniques, industrial hygiene, ergonomics, fire prevention, site and facility auditing, systems Safety, and program development. This course is for working supervisors, professionals, or business owners responsible for worker safety or placement of workers compensation/general liability insurance, and is a requirement for an Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Technology and/or a Certificate of Achievement in Environmental Technology Health and Safety.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Summer 2
ET 251 - Fundamentals of Safety and Health IIM3.0
ET 251 - Fundamentals of Safety and Health II (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement: MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to introduce students to the supervisory and management functions of occupational safety and health and risk management. Topics include a review of federal, state, and local agency legislation; labor and occupational safety and health regulations; and workers' compensation insurance. The course content focuses on the elements of developing a safety and health program, behavior-based safety, workplace violence, terrorism preparedness, hazardous materials and waste management, the application of occupational safety and health design/compliance and regulations, and the development of a safety and health and loss prevention program (i.e., a quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) policy). This course is for students pursuing a degree in Environmental Technology and/or a Certificate of Achievement in Health and Safety, and working professionals or business owners responsible for worker safety or risk management.

Total Semester Units:3.0 
Total Units for Environmental Technology - Health and Safety COA program 22.0 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
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Program Learning Outcomes

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Students will identify the types of environmental, health, and safety hazards that may be encountered in the environmental field.


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