The Skyline College’s Environmental Science and Technology department provides courses for students to obtain a greater understanding of environmental issues impacting our changing planet and to meet the needs of a new green workforce.  Skyline College, through a combination of lower division coursework, prepares students for further study at the bachelorette or above level in environmental science or environmental studies. Once enrolled, students have the ability to explore causes and solutions of environmental issues through multiple contexts (science, social science, and business).

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will be able to:

  • Conduct energy assessments of residential buildings, develop scopes of work for and to sell and perform home energy upgrades.
  • Design and install residential solar systems; and perform basic cost estimation and sales based on utility costs and rebate and tax incentives.
  • Develop portfolios based on current marketing and sales techniques, practices, strategies, and technology applied to case studies in various aspects of the construction industry and energy sector.
  • Develop performance and productivity-based business and marketing plans, as well as management strategies and techniques for operations, sales, and finance for driving new business in these industries.
  • Obtain industry recognized credentials from the Building Performance Institute (BPI) and the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).

Environmental Science

Environmental Science utilizes a strong interdisciplinary approach to understanding environmental issues from a scientific perspective. Environmental science brings together the disciplines of biological, physical and earth sciences to address the impact of humans on ecological systems.  

Environmental Studies is also an interdisciplinary approach but of applied science to study the impacts of humans on the environment and seeks practical solutions to sustainability within the earths limited resources. Programs in Environmental studies include disciplines in science, health and the social
 sciences. Skyline students intending to transfer to Environmental Science or Studies programs should take courses across science and general education disciplines.


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