Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology

two men in a body of water testing outdoor water quality

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 air resources. Hands-on coursework includes techniques used to determine water, food, and air quality along with implementing needed corrective actions. Graduates will have a solid foundation for a range of career opportunities that include the application of regulations and procedures to identify, evaluate, and control hazards.

There is a steady need for technicians and specialists in water and air quality; food safety; field monitoring that includes lakes, rivers and streams; as well as other environmental careers.

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

man inspecting a water sample

Water Technician

Gain the core skills recognized by the water industry for an entry-level position. The water technician performs basic hands-on work, and this certificate is part of the pathway to help you progress in attaining more technical skills.

Detailed Program Information

2020-21 Curriculum

Semester Course Course Name Credits
(1)  ENG-195 Written Communication ^ 
(or) ENG-201 English 1 ‡
(1) ENVHEL-101 Introduction to Environmental Health/Water Quality ^ 3
(1) ENVHEL-102 Environmental Biology 4
(1) ENVHEL-109 Applied Environmental Chemistry ^ 4
(1) MATH-107 College Mathematics ‡ ^ 
(or) Any 200-level MATH course
(2) ENG-197 Technical Reporting
(or) Any 200-level ENG or SPEECH course
(2) ENVHEL-142 Principles of Water Resources ^ 3
(2) ENVHEL-145 Water/Wastewater Operations – Municipal 3
(2) ENVHEL-173 Environmental Bacteriology 3
(2) PSYCH-199 Psychology of Human Relations 
(or) Any 200-level PSYCH course
(3) ECON-195 Economics
(or) Any 200-level ECON course
(3) ENVHEL-104 Industrial Hygiene Technology ‡ 4
(3) ENVHEL-111 Applied Water Chemistry and Analysis ‡ 4
(3) ENVHEL-115 Air Quality ‡ 4
(3) ENVHEL-146 Water/Wastewater Operations – Industrial ‡ 2
(4) ENVHEL-105 Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials Control ‡ 4
(4) ENVHEL-119 Food and Dairy Safety ‡ 3
(4) ENVHEL-127 Environmental Field Projects ‡ 3
(4) ENVHEL-128 Environmental Health Internship ‡ 1
(4) ENVHEL-143 Interpersonal Communication Skills and
Environmental Management ‡



( ) Semester order for full-time students.
‡ 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.

To see course descriptions, class times, locations or to register online:
Students already enrolled in an MATC program can visit Self Service Student Planning.
All others can access this information through INFOnline.

2020-2021 Program Card

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Important Dates

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

Also, you can find dates and deadlines on the MATC 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

Admission Requirements

One semester of high school-level algebra.


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Community & Human Services Academic & Career Pathway

Downtown Milwaukee Campus, T Building, Room T200
Mequon Campus, Room A108-110
Oak Creek Campus, Room A121
West Allis Campus, Room 103

Last updated: 08/21/2020