TSTC is committed to providing highly specialized and advanced technical education that can lead to great career opportunities. We currently offer over 100 certificate and degree programs state-wide.

TSTC students come from more than 100 counties across the state. They arrive right out of high school, transfer from other colleges or from the workforce.

While we are proud that TSTC's education is affordable and a high return on your investment, we realize financial aid is the only option for some students.

At TSTC we understand your ultimate goal is a career you're passionate about and will make you the money you want to enjoy your life! Our goal is to help you be successful.

TSTC has been providing top-quality, career-driven education for Texans for close to 50 years. The college is nationally recognized for the number and quality of our technology graduates.

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Environmental Science Technology
Environmental Science Technology:
Breckenridge: 254.559.7700
   Department Chair:
Mike McKay
voice: 254.559.7738
fax: 254.559.7704
Email: Mike McKay
   Mailing Address:
Environmental Science Technology
TSTC Breckenridge
307 N Breckenridge
Breckenridge, TX 76424
The Environmental Science Technology program is offered in Breckenridge
   Office Hours:
M-F: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Are you concerned about our environment? Do you want to do something to solve environmental problems, but you're not sure how? Do you want something more than a classroom "run of the mill" experience? Then check out the Environmental Science Technology Program. This program offers you an innovative study of science with a hands-on approach and:

  • the opportunity to work outside
  • a collaborative learning environment
  • preparation in the major sciences (the basics in biology, chemistry, and geology)
  • a number of certifications important in the workplace

Environmental Science is a rapidly growing field with a wide scope of career opportunities:

  • Water/Wastewater Treatment Operators
  • Environmental Sampling Technicians
  • Safety and Health Specialists/Consultants
  • Quality Control Supervisors
  • Environmental Investigators
  • Environmental Compliance Officers


And, as a graduate you can work with government agencies or companies in areas as diverse as oil and gas, water and wastewater treatment, construction, wind energy, manufacturing, and compliance consulting.

Courses you'll take include Environmental Regulation Interpretation and Applications, OSHA Regulation, Applied General Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Environmental Biology, Industry Waste Management, Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems, and Environmental Sampling and Analysis.

Your instructors have extensive experience in the environmental field. They keep up with issues and trends in the field through their participation in organizations like the Community and College Consortium for Health and Safety Training, the Hazardous Materials Training and Research Institute, and the Partnership for Environmental Technology Education.

Our Environmental Science Technology Program isn't limited to a few classrooms and labs. While in the program, you'll have the chance to have many experiences like taking geology field trips or working with Texas Parks and Wildlife. You might also do water sampling at Gonzalez Creek and Hubbard Creek Lake and go "geocaching" [treasure hunting with a global positioning system (GPS)] in the area.

In addition to the in-depth learning you'll experience in the program, you will also have the opportunity to test for numerous industry certifications including:

  • 24-hr First Responder
  • DOT Job-specific HAZMAT Training
  • Confined Space Awareness
  • Construction Site Safety Technician
  • 20-hr Wastewater
  • 20-hr Water Treatment
  • Phase I and Phase II Site Assessment
  • Foreign Animal Disease Response
  • Forklift Training

Adding these certifications to your education can make a difference in the job you're offered and your salary.