Environmental Health and Water Quality Major (M)

The Environmental Health and Water Quality Technology Major consists of 50 credit hours of course work completed through a cooperative program with Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC). MATC-Mequon Campus is just a 5-minute drive from Concordia. In addition to the CUW Liberal Arts core requirements and required courses listed below, all environmental and pollution control technology majors must complete requirements for a CUW Minor. Required core courses may be taken at either MATC or CUW.    

This program promotes environmental protection, improvement and sustainability, with a focus on protecting our water, food and air resources. Hands-on coursework includes techniques used to determine water, food, and air quality along with implementing needed corrective actions.

For specific information about MATC courses and degree requirements, please visit the MATC website at http://www.matc.edu/

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will: 

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and an ability to explain major biological and related scientific concepts (Knowledge Base of Biology and Related Sciences);
  • Demonstrate the ability to appropriately collect and analyze data while utilizing laboratory equipment and procedures safely and effectively (Biological Procedures and Data)
  • Develop investigative and critical thinking skills to explore complex questions and solve challenging scientific problems (Scientific Inquiry);
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate scientific information effectively to both scientists and non-scientists (Scientific Communication);
  • Recognize how vocations in science provide opportunities for service to Christ and others and necessitate ethical behavior in all aspects of science (Vocation and Ethics)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how/why a Christian sees evidence of God’s design in nature and how to be good stewards of His creation (God’s Design and Stewardship).


Core Requirements45
Major Requirements47
Minor: Required18-24
Total Hours120

Major Requirements

Required Core Courses
Public Speaking (Communication)
Interpersonal Communication
Statistics I (Mathematics )
Applied Environmental Chemistry (Lab Science)
Environmental Law & Politics (Human Beings and Being Human)
Required Courses
PHIL 240Environmental Ethics (Taken at CUW)3
ENVHEL 101Introduction to Environmental Health and Water Quality3
ENVHEL 102Environmental Biology4
ENVHEL 104Industrial Hygiene Technology4
ENVHEL 105Fundamentals of Hazardous Materials Control 4
ENVHEL 109Applied Environmental Chemistry (Taken in Core)
ENVHEL 111Applied Water Chemistry and Analysis 4
ENVHEL 115Air Pollution Technology4
ENVHEL 119Food and Dairy Quality Control3
ENVHEL 127Environmental Field Projects3
ENVHEL 128Environmental Health Internship1
ENVHEL 142Principles of Water Resources3
ENVHEL 143Interpersonal Communication Skills and Environmental Management 3
ENVHEL 145Water/Wastewater Operations -- Municipal3
ENVHEL 146Water/Wastewater Operations -- Industrial 2
ENVHEL 173Environmental Bacteriology3
Total Hours47