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Water Technologies and Management - Watershed Ecology

Industry Description
Watershed Ecology blends knowledge of biological sciences with application of cutting-edge technical skills. Technicians will be skilled in identifying and assessing natural habitat needs of fish and wildlife in relation to healthy ecosystems, with emphasis on the restoration and management of aquatic environments.  

Department Overview
Watershed Ecology will enable students to learn about ecosystems as they relate to watershed processes. Students will become well versed in living systems, flora and fauna, as well as non-living systems. Watershed Ecology will expose students to technical courses to provide them with cutting-edge skills, and communication courses providing experience in working with individuals possessing different ecological values and cultural identities. This will prepare them for entry level employment and provide skill improvements for individuals already in the workforce. 

Students may earn an Associate in Applied Arts and Sciences in Watershed Ecology upon completion of the two-year program of study. A Watershed Ecology Certificate is available upon completion of the first year of the program.

Career Opportunities
  • Forest and Conservation Technicians
  • Biological Technicians
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians
  • Water Quality Technician
  • Biological Aide
  • Biology Specimen Technician
  • Conservation Technician
  • Environmental Compliance Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Assistant/Technician
  • Environmental Restoration Technician
  • Field Sampling Technician
  • GIS Technician
  • Hydrology Technician
  • Laboratory Associate
  • Soil Technologist

Entrance Requirements
Students may begin their study in these programs in fall, winter or spring quarters. However, due to course sequencing and course prerequisites, it is preferable to begin in the fall quarter. A placement test offered by the Student Development Center must be completed prior to admittance to the program.