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    Sustainability is a very important part of education at Triton and many instructors incorporate environmental sustainability topics into their courses. Additionally, several of our degree programs are sustainability-focused and qualify students either for work in relevant fields or for transfer to four-year, baccalaureate-degree granting colleges and universities.

    Associate of Applied Science Degrees

    Architecture
    The goal of the Architecture curriculum is to help students develop the critical thinking, technical and visual and verbal communication skills needed to be successful in this industry. Sustainability and real world professional practices are emphasized throughout the curriculum. Students will gain the skills necessary to transfer to a four-year college or university or obtain an entry-level position in architecture or a related field.

    For more information, please visit the Architecture Department web page.


    Culinary Arts
    The HIA - Culinary Arts curriculum prepares students for potential positions as food service workers, cooks, and potential chefs in a wide range of food service establishments. Students are trained in hands-on culinary and baking laboratories where they develop their skills in quantity food preparation techniques. Students will also gain other knowledge and skills necessary for work in the food-service industry. Sustainable methods are emphasized throughout, including waste reduction, food-scrap composting, and farm-to-table techniques utilizing produce sustainably-grown on campus in Triton’s garden and greenhouse.

    For more information, please visit the HIA Department web page.


    Engineering Technology/Mechanical Design
    The Engineering Technology curriculum provides students with a working knowledge of engineering technology from design through production. Sustainable materials and practices are emphasized throughout. While in the program, students are encouraged to seek out entry-level and internship opportunities in engineering departments, plant maintenance, production departments, and technical sales and support.

    Engineering Technology/Mechatronics
    The Engineering Technology/Mechatronics curriculum provides students with a working knowledge of the mechanical and electrical engineering and computer software technologies that together comprise mechatronics. Sustainable materials and practices are emphasized throughout. While in the program, students are encouraged to seek out entry-level and internship opportunities in engineering departments, plant maintenance, production departments, and technical sales and support.

    For more information, please visit the Engineering Department web page.


    Sustainable Agriculture Technology
    Sustainable Agriculture Technology curriculum is designed to provide students the skills necessary to manage an environmentally sound and sustainable urban food production system. Graduates are qualified for numerous positions associated with sustainable agriculture including horticulture, nursery operations, agricultural education, and managing food production.

    Sustainable Landscape Management
    Sustainable Landscape Practices offers students an opportunity to acquire specific skills to acquire an entry-level position or self-employment. The program provides background in soil and water conservation; appropriate plant selections, use of fertilizers and pesticides with an emphasis on organic materials; reduced use of fossil fuels; infrastructure enhancements such as green roofs and xeriscaping. Students will acquire skills to implement solutions to common landscape practices that have adverse effects on the environment.

    For more information, please visit the Horticulture Department web page.


    Biotechnology Laboratory Technician
    Triton College's Biotechnology Laboratory Technician associate degree will advance students' understanding of science and the nature of the different STEM fields to prepare students to enter the competitive, high performance workplace of biotechnology. Although biotechnology traditionally has been used primarily in food production, it also increasingly is being used in medicine, manufacturing, forensics, alternative fuels, and agricultural efforts to reduce humankind's environmental footprint.

    Environmental Science
    The interdisciplinary Environmental Science AAS program is designed for exploration of the relationships between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on the impacts that humans place on their environment. Students are broadly trained in diverse course offerings including biology, chemistry, geology, geography, and sustainable agriculture. There are two tracks or emphases: geography and geology or ecology and agriculture.

    Graduates may work as environmental consultants, work in ecosystem restoration and management or be involved in pollution testing and monitoring.

    For more information please visit the Science Department web page.


    Associate of Science Degrees

    Environmental Science
    The Environmental Science program includes a broad math and science-based curriculum for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a transfer college or university. The program is designed for exploration of the relationships between organisms and their environment, with an emphasis on the impacts that humans place on their environment.

    Environmental science majors may find a wide range of career opportunities available in environmental testing laboratories, state and federal government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Departments of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, soil and water conservation services, as well as private or non-profit organizations.

    Geology
    The geological sciences are fundamentally the study of Earth, its crust and global internal structure, ocean basins, continents, mountains, volcanoes, earthquakes, glaciers and other surface features. Geology also is concerned with the history of the planet, the origin and evolution of the continents, seas and life. Employment opportunities for the geologist are found with state and federal agencies and private engineering firms concerned with land use, geologic hazards, hazardous waste disposal, and the management of important resources such as oil, gas, coal, water, and various minerals.

    For more information please visit the Science Department web page.