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​Programs of Study

The Wakulla Environmental Institute educates the next generation of environmental professionals. Students can make a difference in their community and beyond with rewarding work in the environmental field.

WEI is also developing an exciting new slate of programs to add to TCC's future offerings, which include:

  • Water quality
  • Hospitality and eco-tourism management
  • Aquaculture
  • Forest and land conservation

Environmental Science Technology

Our Environmental Science Technology A.S. degree program is available now and provides students with specific knowledge to work in the areas of water quality analysis, natural resource management, and environmental monitoring. These fields offer opportunities to work in a variety of settings, ranging from offices, to laboratories, to the great outdoors. Employers range from government to non-profits to private enterprise.

WEI’s environmental science classes are offered online, which makes them ideal for working adults who need a flexible schedule. Begin your studies now for careers such as:

  • Environmental Engineering Technician 
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Water Quality Technician

Water Quality Technician Certificate

This certificate prepares students for a career as a water quality technician and coursework in the program articulates into the Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science Technology.

Oyster Aquaculture Certificate

Our Oyster Aquaculture certification is a unique program that trains students in the emerging oyster farming industry.

Introduction to Diving

A multidisciplinary course to expose students to the environment (physiology and medicine), the living occupants that live within (biology), and the tools (technology) available to successfully work in this aquatic world.  Students will become familiar with and dive surface-supplied air, open circuit air and Nitrox SCUBA and closed circuit re-breather. 

Green Guide Certificate

This program is designed for those interested in starting a nature-based business, those pursuing work in a nature-based field, those already working in a nature based job and wanting to upgrade their skills, and those who simply enjoy learning about the environment in which they live.

For Green Guide class offerings and details, click here.


 Fall 2014 Programs


​​These programs include hands-on learning and practical experience where students will learn to:

  • Apply fundamental concepts in the biological, chemical and physical sciences to make informed decisions on environmental issues
  • Describe science as a process that relies on testable hypotheses, verifiable data and evolving theories to explain natural phenomena
  • Operate and calibrate laboratory and field instruments to analyze environmental surface water, groundwater, wastewater, potable water systems, sediment, flora and fauna
  • Collect, analyze and calculate data related to natural environments

New Programs:

Environmental Science Technology A.S. Degree

64 credit hours, eligible for financial aid

Water Quality Technician Certificate

12 credit hours, eligible for financial aid 

New Courses:

Fall 2014:

  • EVR1328* Natural Resources Conservation and Management (3 credits)
  • EVR2892C** Environmental Sampling and Analysis I (3 credits)
  • EVR1858* Environmental Regulation and Compliance  (3 credits)
  • PEN2136C Introduction to Professional Diving (3 credits)

*Classes with one asterisk are online classes. 

**Classes with two asterisks are hybrid classes that have online lectures and some field or laboratory experiences.


 A.S. Degree


​Environmental Science Technology, A.S. (64 Credit Hours)

Intended for non-science majors and those students interested in pursuing a B.A.S. degree.

General Education Courses (15 Credits) 

​Course Number ​Course Description ​Credits
​ENC1101 ​College Composition ​3
​BSC1005 ​Introduction to Biology ​3
​Any college-level math class* ​3
​Any college-level social or behavioral science course ​3
​Any college-level ​humanities course ​3
*College level math includes: MAC1105, MGF1106, MGT1107, or STA2023

Program Requirements (29 Credits)

Course Number​ ​Course Description ​Credits
​CHM1030 ​General Chemistry for Allied Health​ ​ ​3
​CHM1030L ​General Chemistry for Allied Health Lab ​1
​SPC1017 ​Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication ​3
​ENC2210​ ​Technical Communications ​3
​ESC1000 ​Earth and Its Environment ​3
​ESC1000L ​Earth and Its Environment Lab ​ ​1
​BSC1050 ​Environmental Systems ​3
​EVR1080C​ ​Chemistry and Biology of Natural Waters ​ ​3
​EVR1858​ ​Environmental Regulation and Compliance ​3

​Introduction to Ethics (This is in addition to general education requirements)

​​EVR2892C ​Environmental Sampling and Analysis I

Program Electives (Select 20 credit hours from the following list)

​Course Number ​Course Description ​Credits
​OCE1001 ​Introduction to Oceanography ​3
​MET1010 ​Meteorology ​3
​BOT1000 ​Plant Science ​3
​EVR1263 ​Urban Pollution ​3
​ETP1501 ​Alternative/Renewable Energy Technologies ​3
​EVR1328​ ​Natural Resource Conservation and Management ​3
​EVR1357 ​Wetland Resources ​ ​3
​GLY2160​ ​ ​Geology of National Parks ​3
​BSC2250C ​Field Biology of Florida with Lab ​ ​3
​SUR2390 ​GIS Application in Engineering and Technology ​ ​3
​IDS2941 ​IDS2941 ​2

 College Certificate


​​Water Quality Technician College Certificate (12 Credit Hours)

Program Requirements

​Course Number ​Course Description ​Credits
​BSC1050 ​Environmental Systems ​3
​EVR1080C ​Chemistry and Biology of Natural Waters ​3
​EVR1858 ​Environmental Regulation and Compliance ​3
​EVR2892C ​Environmental Sampling and Analysis I ​3

 Future Degree Programs

  • Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Aquaculture Management
  • Parks and Leisure Services Technology
  • Agribusiness Management
  • Recycling
​Whether you are pursuing an A.S. degree or a certificate program, WEI invites you to take your first steps toward a meaningful environmental career by enrolling today.

For more information on the degree programs, contact Dr. Nadine Gordon Bradley at (850) 201-7944 or
Contact Information

For more information contact Wakulla Environmental Institute by phone (850) 922-6290 or e-mail

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