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EnvironmentalCasper College's Environmental Science degree & certificate programs are intended to provide students with the knowledge needed to find entry level work in a variety of environmental disciplines. Many core classes are structured and delivered in one, two and three-day time blocks or are offered over the Internet.

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Rachel Wright
Academic Assistant
307-268-2494
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      Bill Mixer
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    • Office: EI 108
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ENVT 1500 Applied Math for Operators (2L,2CR):
Practical and realistic applications of mathematical formulas and problems related to the operations of water and wastewater treatment plants and collection and distribution systems. Prerequisite: MATH 0930, or permission of the instructor.

ENVT 1510 Distribution Systems (3L,3CR):
Introduction to the basics of distribution system operation and maintenance and key system components. Topics covered include storage, cross connections, water quality, regulations, chlorination, piping, meter, pumps, hydrants and safety.

ENVT 1520 Collection System Operation/Maintenance (3L,3CR):
Introduction to the basics of collection system operation and maintenance and key system components. Topics to be covered include inspecting and testing, cleaning methods, lift stations, safety and administration.

ENVT 1530 Trenching and Shoring (1L,1CR):
Introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s Construction regulation subpart P: Excavations 1926.650-652 known as the Trenching and Shoring Rule. Topics covered are causes of cave-ins, soil classifications, determining soil types and protection systems.

ENVT 1540 Confined Spaces (1L,1CR):
Introduction to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) permit required confined space entry regulation. Class focuses on understanding the regulations and the required elements of a confined space program.

ENVT 1550 Safety in Water Quality (2L,2CR):
Introduction to safety issues that affect water quality system operators. The course will review general safety issues and specific Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. Topics to be covered include hazard communication, blood borne pathogens, chemical safety, respiratory protection, lockout-tag out, and general safety practices.

ENVT 1560 Water Treatment Plant Operation I (3L,3CR):
This course is an introduction to the basics of water treatment plant operation and key system components. Includes water sources, coagulation, flocculation, sedimentation, filtration, disinfection, Safe Drinking Water Act rules and regulations, fluoridation and iron and manganese removal.

ENVT 1570 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation I (3L,3CR):
Introduction to the basics of wastewater plant operation and maintenance. Topics covered include package plants, oxidation ditches, waste stabilization ponds, trickling filters, primary and preliminary treatment and chlorination.

ENVT 1600 Industrial Safety (3L,3CR):
This course is an introduction to safety issues that affect technicians in the oil and gas industry. The course will review general safety issues and specific Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) regulations. The topics to be covered include: drugs in the workplace, hazardous materials, accident prevention and hazard recognition, hazards of hydrocarbons, personal protective equipment, toxic gases and respiratory protection, confined space safety, spill prevention and response, chemical handling safety, job task analysis, fire prevention and incipient stage fire fighting, walking/working surfaces and fall protection, hot weather safety, machine guarding, excavation safety, emergency planning and evacuation, and general safety practices.

ENVT 1625 Small Water Systems (3L,3CR):
This course is an introduction to the basics of small water system operation and maintenance and key system components. Topics to be covered include surface water treatment, groundwater systems, storage, monitoring, emergency response preparedness, financial considerations  and managerial responsibilities. Courses use a combination of DVD based video presentations and workbook assignments completed at home prior to class as well as classroom lectures and field trips.

ENVT 1650 Waste Stabilization Ponds/Lagoons Operation and Maintenance (1L,1CR):
This course will cover wastewater composition, lagoon types, facultative and aerated lagoon operational theory, dissolved oxygen and Ph measurement, calculating hydraulic and organic loading, detention time, geometric mean, average flow and percent removal and NPDES permits. Course will also include a field trip to a local lagoon system.

ENVT 2510 Applied Math for Water Plant Operators (2L,2CR):
Practical and realistic applications of mathematical formulas and problems related to the operations of a water treatment plant and distribution system. Prerequisite: ENVT 1500, or permission of the instructor.

ENVT 2515 Applied Math for Wastewater Plant Operators (2L,2CR):
Practical and realistic applications of mathematical formulas and problems related to the operations of a wastewater treatment plant and collection system. Processes covered will include activated sludge, trickling filters, waste stabilization ponds, chemical dosages and laboratory calculations. Prerequisite: ENVT 1500, or permission of the instructor.

ENVT 2525 Water Treatment Plant Operation II (3L,3CR):
Builds on the concepts presented in Water Treatment Plant Operation I and introduces advanced treatment concepts such as softening, iron manganese control, demineralization, instrumentation, laboratory procedures and drinking water regulations.

ENVT 2535 Wastewater Treatment Plant Operation II (3L,3CR):
Builds on the concepts presented in Wastewater Plant Operations I and introduces advanced treatment concepts such as sludge handling and digestion and nutrient removal.

ENVT 2570 Hazardous Waste Site Operations (1.5L,1LB,2.5CR):
Course covers regulations medical surveillance, hazard recognition toxicology, site control, safe work practices, monitoring, personal protective equipment, decontamination and site safety.

ENVT 2575 Hazardous Waste Site Operations: Annual Refresher (.5L,.5CR):
Requirement for those holding a 40-hour certificate to obtain eight hours of annual refresher training to maintain their 40 hours.

ENVT 2965 Directed Special Projects (1-6 L,2-8LB,1-8CR):
Course content will be contracted individually in water/wastewater with each student in order to place emphasis and experience on the students area of interest.

ENVT 2980 Cooperative Work Experience (1-8CR) (Max. 16):
(Water quality degree students) Supervised work and project experience for the purpose of increasing student understanding of the operation of a water treatment/distribution facility or wastewater treatment collection facility. Credit obtained and applied to the water quality degree through DEQ Certification Licenses will be deducted from the maximum amount of credit available in this course. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the college and the cooperating agencies. Enrollment limited to majors in water quality technology or environmental science. See "Unit of Credit." Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ENVT 2981 Cooperative Work Experience (1-8CR) (Max. 16):
(Environmental science students) Supervised work and project experience for the purpose of providing an understanding of a specific topic area related to environmental science. Supervision is provided by both the instructional staff of the college and the cooperating agencies. Enrollment limited to majors in water quality technology or environmental science. See "Unit of Credit." Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

ENVT 2990 Topics: (Subtitle) (1-12CR):
For students who wish to work in greater depth in the water treatment, wastewater treatment, collection or distribution. Course content will be contracted individually with each student in order to provide greater emphasis and experience in that students area of interest. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

2010-2011 ADVISORY BOARD

  • Michelle Christopher Town of Baggs
  • George Parks WY Association of Municipalities
  • Jeff Craig City of Torrington Water & Wastewater Department
  • Bud Spillman Cheyenne BPU
  • Dean Finkinbinder Wyoming Department of Agriculture
  • Shane White City of Lander
  • Diane Monohan City of Gillete
  • Johann Neild Town of Dayton
  • Kim Parker DEQ/WQD
  • Mark Pepper WY Association of Rural Water Systems
  • Tim Wright Casper College
  • Lesley Travers Casper College
  • Laura Driscoll Casper College
  • Bill Mixer Casper College

The Environmental Training and Resource Center provides training in environmental compliance and regulations, and classes in the following areas: water quality degree and certificate programs, OSHA safety, MSHA safety, and other environmental areas.

  Water Quality Technology   OSHA Safety   MSHA - Mine Safety & Health
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The world of business and industry is a dynamic and changing environment. Our programs offer a wide range of study and career choices and our faculty members take the time to help students explore the options and choose the best career path possible. Our degree programs focus on the education and skills needed in modern business and industry.

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