Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology

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Program Information

  • Location: Mequon Campus
  • Pathway: Community & Human Services
  • Program Code: 10-506-1
  • Offering: In-class
  • Degree Type: 2-Year Degree (Associate)
  • Start Dates: August/January

About the Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology Degree


This program promotes environmental protection, improvement and sustainability, with a focus on protecting our water, food and the environment. Hands-on coursework includes principles and techniques used to assess water, food, and the environment to meet applicable regulations and to implement needed corrective measures. Students use field projects and internships to further develop the skills and abilities necessary for careers in these fields. Graduates will possess a solid foundation for a wide range of environmental and public health career opportunities.

There is a steady need for essential workers, technicians and specialists in water and air quality; food safety; field monitoring; and other related environmental careers. 

You can earn the Water Technician certificate on the way to completing this associate degree. 



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Detailed Program Information

2024-25 Curriculum

Course Course Name Credits
 ENG-195 Written Communication ‡ ^ 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
ENVHEL-101 Introduction to Environmental Health/Water Quality ^ 3
ENVHEL-102 Environmental Biology 4
ENVHEL-109 Applied Environmental Chemistry ^ 4
MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡ ^ 
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
ENG-197 Technical Reporting ‡
(or) Any 200-level ENG course
ENVHEL-142 Principles of Water Resources ^ 3
ENVHEL-145 Water/Wastewater Operations – Municipal 3
ENVHEL-173 Environmental Bacteriology 3
PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations 
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
ENVHEL-104 Industrial Hygiene Technology ‡ 4
ENVHEL-111 Applied Water Chemistry and Analysis ‡ 4
ENVHEL-115 Air Quality ‡ 4
ENVHEL-147 Water/Wastewater Operations – Industrial ‡ 3
ENVHEL-105 Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials Control ‡ 4
ENVHEL-119 Food and Dairy Safety ‡ 3
ENVHEL-127 Environmental Field Projects ‡ 3
ENVHEL-128 Environmental Health Internship ‡ 1
ENVHEL-143 Interpersonal Communication Skills and
Environmental Management ‡



‡ Prerequisite required.
^ Counts toward earning the Water Technician certificate.

Contact program instructor if you would like more information about this program.

Program curriculum requirements are subject to change.

This Associate in Applied Science program will transfer to one or more four-year institutions.

Current MATC students should consult their Academic Program Plan for specific curriculum requirements.

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Upon completion of specified coursework, students may be eligible for the following digital badge(s):


Important Dates

Deadlines and important dates can be found on:
Cost & Aid Deadlines

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC Events Calendar

Program Outcomes

  • Evaluate environmental health hazards (air, food, water, soil, etc.)
  • Conduct both field and lab environmental sampling/monitoring according to regulatory requirements and guidelines
  • Perform corrective actions to remediate environmental health hazards
  • Communicate measures for the prevention of environmental health hazards
  • Develop environmental technical records and reports
  • Perform safe work practices

Career Outlook

Graduates will have a solid foundation for a range of career opportunities that have a steady demand by employers, including the application of regulations and procedures to identify, evaluate, and control hazards.

If you are interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree upon completion of the program, check with a program advisor and the institution you plan to attend regarding the transfer of MATC credits.

Water Treatment Operator
Food Quality and Safety Inspector
Environmental Technician
Water Reclamation Operator
Environmental Health Specialist
Field Monitoring/Sampling Technician
Environmental Lab Technician
Quality Assurance Specialist
Air Monitoring Technician
Environmental Health and Safety Technician

Admission Requirements

One semester of high school-level algebra.



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Last updated: 03/21/2024