Help ensure water quality.

Manage one of the world's most precious resources.

Working in both the lab and the field, water quality technicians determine if water meets EPA standards by testing for contaminants in recreational, potable, and waste water. They calibrate and maintain testing equipment, compile and analyze data, document test results and prepare reports. It's highly detailed work that requires excellent record keeping and good communication skills.

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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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A general education core is required for all Associate and Bachelor degrees. All graduates must meet the general education requirements established by each academic program.

College Success Strategies (COL111A) or College Success Online (COL112) is required for all first-time freshmen and all online students enrolled in a certificate or degree program. This course will inform students of campus services, policies and procedures, and address learning styles and study strategies.

Many of the courses and programs at Baker College are offered in an online delivery format. See Online Programs. Contact your campus Academic / Administrative Office for details about online courses.

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Associate of Applied Science in Water Quality Management

Water Quality ManagementAssociate of Applied Science

Help ensure water quality.

Manage one of the world's most precious resources.

Working in both the lab and the field, water quality technicians determine if water meets EPA standards by testing for contaminants in recreational, potable, and waste water. They calibrate and maintain testing equipment, compile and analyze data, document test results and prepare reports. It's highly detailed work that requires excellent record keeping and good communication skills.

Career Facts

$41,700

Median salary for Environmental Science and Protection Technicians

19%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$82,220

Median salary for Environmental Engineers

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Overview

In Baker's Water Quality Technician certificate program, you learn the science of water quality as well as the testing and laboratory practices you need to master to prepare to work in the public or private sector. Your studies cover two areas: clean water distribution and waste water sanitation.

Our associate degree curriculum takes a modular approach, and includes160-hour internships after each module. So, as you build your knowledge, you'll reinforce your learning through hands-on experience, and have the opportunity to move quickly ahead to increasingly higher levels of responsibility in the field.

As a successful program graduate, you'll have the knowledge, skills and experience required to take the entry-level waste water and drinking water state certification exams. 

Course Information
Water Quality Management Major Requirements71 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
AG 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the relationships of soils to plant health and growth, land use, conservation, and environmental quality. The course will include laboratory work in soil description, analysis, and assessment.

Soil Science4
EGR 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Prepares students to communicate technical information in written, digital and oral forms in an effective manner to a variety of audiences. Use of supporting computer software is emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Technical Communications for Engineering Sciences4
MTH 109
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, right-triangle trigonometry, probability, and statistics. Key topics include equations, inequalities, graphs and functions; exponential, logarithmic, and quadratic models; counting methods, probability theory, normal distribution, correlation, and regression. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MTH 108.
College Mathematics II4
POL 201A
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies the functions of government at the national, state, and local levels. Particular emphasis is placed on the effects of government policies on individuals and businesses. The areas of study include the Constitution, federalism, interest groups, courts, the bureaucracy, the economy, congress, the Presidency, and political parties.

American Political Systems4
SCI 111
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5 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts. Topics include classification of plants and animals, cell theory, cell structure, plant and animal tissues and organs, nutritional requirements of plants and animals, energy metabolism, and use of basic biology laboratory techniques and equipment. 40 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Biology5
SCI 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces various topics in physics. Motion, energy, and the dynamics of particles are investigated. The physical concepts of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, and wave motion are explored as well as selected topics in atomic and nuclear physics.

Corequisite(s):
MTH 112.
Physics Concepts2
SCI 220A
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5 Quarter Hours

Explores basic concepts of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microorganisms including the basic composition, metabolism, genetics, immunology, and epidemiology of microorganisms. The human diseases caused by these microorganisms in addition to their treatments will be presented. A 20 hour laboratory will be a component of this course; students will perform several experiments to reinforce the material presented in lecture.

Microbiology5
SCI 246
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to general chemical principles, particularly emphasizing periodic properties, fundamental chemical calculations, formulas, equations, bonding, and nomenclature. Students develop selected chemistry lab skills through the practical application of techniques and procedures. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
B- or better in MTH 108 or B- or better in MTH 111.
Chemistry I4
SCI 247
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4 Quarter Hours

Expands the principles of Chemistry I to include an in-depth investigation of quantum numbers and the study of precipitation, neutralization, and redox reactions. Also included is the investigation of molecular structures and the concept of chemical equilibrium. Students are also introduced to electrochemical principles and nuclear chemistry. 30 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab are required.

Prerequisite(s):
SCI 246
Chemistry II4
WQ 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides basic knowledge of mechanical equipment and repair techniques used in both water and wastewater plants and distribution systems. Students will learn about pumps, valves, piping systems, chemical feed systems, and controls. Provides students with safety and operational experience on backhoes, skid steer loaders, and forklifts.

Prerequisite(s):
SCI 246, SCI 121, MTH 109
Utility Equipment Operation and Maintenance4
WQ 121
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces conventional water and wastewater laboratory analytical techniques and instrumentation. Tests will include bacteriological, BOD, Solids (Suspended, Total Dissolved and Volatile), DO, pH, alkalinity, conductivity, Total Residual Chlorine, Temperature and other system related analyses. Students will complete laboratory analyses in each of these areas. 10 hours of lecture and 20 hours of lab required.

Prerequisite(s):
SCI 121
MTH 109; Co-requisite(s) SCI 246
Water and Wastewater Laboratory Practices2
WQ 131
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the applied hydraulic and statics principles used in water distribution and collection systems. Includes flow measurement, head-loss, pipes, valves, pumps, cross connection controls, corrosion, and metering. Students will examine principles of pressure, hydraulic grade lines, pump curves, and storage. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab required.

Prerequisite(s):
SCI 246, SCI 121, MTH 109
Applied Hydraulics and Statics4
WQ 141
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the applicable state and federal regulations related to utility operational reporting. The course will focus on compiling and interpreting laboratory analytical information into report format for the agencies as well as methods for determining accuracy of laboratory data (QA/QC) and follow up to incidents of non-compliance with regulations.

Prerequisite(s):
WQ 121
Water Regulations, Reporting, and Compliance4
WQ 151
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines conventional drinking water treatment technologies: preliminary treatment, coagulation and flocculation, sedimentation, clarification, filtration and disinfection. Students will complete laboratory analyses in each of these areas. Students will complete laboratory analyses in each of these areas. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab required.

Prerequisite(s):
WQ 121, WQ 131
Water Treatment Principles4
WQ 161
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the fundamentals of wastewater treatment: screening, grit removal, primary sedimentation, activated sludge, secondary clarification, nutrient removal, disinfection. Includes methods for determining efficiency of unit operations. Students will complete laboratory analyses in each of these areas. 20 hours of lecture and 40 hours of lab required.

Prerequisite(s):
WQ 121, WQ 131
Wastewater Treatment Principles4
WQ 171
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on planning, accounting and budgeting, rate structures and billing, staffing, safety, employee relations, interagency communications all related to the overall operation of a water or wastewater utility.

Water/Wastewater Utility Management4
WRK 291B
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1 Quarter Hours

Covers all phases of securing employment in a required seminar. Major topics include resume preparation, interview strategy, job application, job search action planning, personal appearance, and coordination of the graduate's employment search activity with the College Career Services Office. Students in degree programs may complete the seminar requirement any time during their final two quarters. Certificate students should attend in their last quarter.

Prerequisite(s):
Sophomore status.
Professional Career Strategies1
WRKTC 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment structured to allow students to develop skills and gain training in their major field.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102 (Associate Degrees), ENG 101 (Certificates), minimum GPA 2.00.
Work Experience4
WRKTC 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an additional 120-hour minimum learning experience in an appropriate work environment when paired with WRKTC201 within an undergraduate program.

Work Experience II4
General Education Requirements24 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ENG 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes academic writing by reading and thinking critically to strengthen essential communication skills through the use of the writing process. Various assignments focus on summary and response, analysis, and informative writing. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Composition I4
ENG 102
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues developing students' critical thinking and writing skills through reading and argumentative writing. Emphasizes academic writing to articulate the relationships among language, knowledge, and power. Various assignments focus on position, argument analysis, and argumentative proposal. Research practices and research writing in APA style are essential to the course.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in ENG 101 or placement exam and approved writing sample.
Composition II4
INF 112
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to word processing software and applications. This will include demonstrating the ability to perform basic Windows operations commands and word processing commands, which include creating, saving, printing, formatting, editing, and retrieving documents.

Word Processing2
INF 113
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2 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to beginning electronic spreadsheet terminology, concepts, and applications. Students will gain the ability to enter/edit, save/retrieve files, format, and print spreadsheets and reports. Students are also introduced to basic formula development.

Electronic Spreadsheets2
MTH 108
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4 Quarter Hours

Solves contemporary, real-world problems by mathematical reasoning utilizing concepts from algebra, finance, and statistics. Key topics include personal finance, mathematical models, functions and relations, dimensional analysis, statistical reasoning, and Euclidean geometry. This class focuses on quantitative literacy and the application of the above concepts in a variety of professional disciplines.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 099E or satisfies developmental pre-algebra or placement exam.
College Mathematics I: Reasoning and Application4
SPK 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Develops confidence and skill in many facets of oral communication. Students explore diverse topics and formats, using both organization and research to support themselves during oral presentations.

Oral Communication4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
PSY 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation for understanding human relations with applications to both personal and professional growth. Focus is on examining the basic dynamics of human relations, how social influences shape thought and behavior, effective ways to develop skills of human relations, and the importance of multicultural competency within human relations.

Human Relations4
PSY 111
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a foundation of knowledge in psychology examining key topics related to understanding human thoughts and behavior. Topics include an exploration of factors that influence thoughts and behavior, psychology as a science, sensation/perception, motivation, emotion, memory, cognition, personality, as well as key figures, research, and theories within psychology. Applying concepts to real-life settings is a focus throughout the course.

General Psychology4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 95

Program Description

This program will prepare graduates for careers in managing one of our most precious resources: water. Students will be prepared for work in two broad areas: 1) Clean water distribution; 2) Waste water sanitation. While the majority of these jobs will be in the public sector working for municipalities, employment opportunities also exist in private sector agricultural, residential, and commercial developments. 

Baker College offers students a tiered approach with 160-hour internships after each segment that can lead to increasingly higher levels of employment in the field. Graduates of the Associate of Applied Science Degree will be prepared to take entry-level waste water and drinking water state-certification exams. Completion of the two-year degree program has been endorsed by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for:

  1. Waiver of the one-year operational experience requirements to write the Class D Wastewater Treatment Operator Certification Examination 
  2. Waiver of the education and/or experience requirements to write the Filtration (F), Limited Treatment (D), and Distribution (S) Waterworks Operator Certification Examinations. 
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  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?

    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.

  • Is Baker accredited?

    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org.

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in: 

    • Business Administration
    • Early Childhood Learning
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • School of Nursing

    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages. 

  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?


    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:

    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips

     

  • Is Baker College Online accredited?

    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan.

    As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education.

    All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

    Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:

  • How do online classes work?


    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.

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