Environmental Science & Technology

Program Overview:

This progressive and nationally recognized program uses science, engineering, conservation, communication, and economics to protect and enhance public health and the environment. The focus for 10th grade students is on life sciences that enable them to learn how the natural environment is linked to the protection of public health. Off-campus site work is emphasized for 11th and 12th grade students who will have the opportunity to acquire and transfer several credits to the Environmental Technology Program at Bristol Community College. All students are exposed to the many disciplines within the program including sustainability, energy efficiency, aquaculture, marine science, and health and safety. Students also have the opportunity to take part in externships at the Fall River Water Treatment facility. Several certifications are available to students, including the Massachusetts Water/Wastewater Operator Certification and the OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response 40-hour Certification, to prepare them for immediate entry into the workforce or continue on to Post–Secondary education.


Tess Bradley
Contact Instructor: tbradley@fallriverschools.org

Career Options:Use the Career Tree Graphic below to see all of the exciting career pathways students have access to when they complete the Environmental Science & Technology Program.

Program Sequence:

Environmental Science and Technology Exploratory: 9th Grade
Students are introduced to the many aspects of the environmental science during this ten-week course. While exploring the occupational areas of natural resources, energy consumption/efficiency, natural sciences and human population, students will learn how these systems are connected, impacted and relate to daily life. Students also learn about basic data collection and analysis and are exposed to the testing and maintaining of water quality and troubleshooting of re-circulating aquarium systems. Freshmen also learn about basic shop safety protocols and procedures.
Environmental Science and Technology I: 10th Grade
Students are introduced to the theory of natural cycles and how population impacts them. Sophomores become proficient with the testing and maintaining of water quality, troubleshooting, breeding and data collection from shop aquarium systems. Student computer skills are enhanced through data entry and analysis and allow for an understanding of trends and reasons for changes in water quality. Energy production, use, efficiency and consumption topics are researched, experimented with and presented on by students to their class. The class also investigates flora and fauna species diversity and population, the importance of native plant and animal species diversity, and the understanding of their populations in their natural environments. Students attend career days and begin to map out individual career plans using Your Plan for the Future and Mass. Career Info System interest and skill surveys to identify potential occupations or college paths. Sophomores explore many of the different marine science industries and career opportunities through job shadowing experiences and receive their 10-Hour OSHA General Industry Safety Training Certificates.
Environmental Science and Technology II: 11th Grade
Eleventh grade students take part in the fieldwork in environmental engineering/consulting, natural resource management and land-use planning using industry recognized mapping software. Several hands-on methods for sampling groundwater and soil are taught to students in detail using industry recognized techniques. Students learn about groundwater contamination sources and design remediation solutions using groundwater flow simulator models. Marine and soil sciences are the primary areas of study as students learn about toxicology and the effects of hazardous substances on plants, animals and humans. Student career occupations are identified, resumes and cover letters are developed, and career planning extends to include entrepreneurship. Industry professionals share their expertise in all aspects of opening their own business during career seminars and field trips to environmental agencies. In preparation for the 40-hour, 3-college credit, OSHA-Hazardous Waste Operations and Response (HAZWOPER) Training and certification test at Bristol Community College, students will study toxicology chemistry and hazardous substance terminology in detail.
Environmental Science and Technology III: 12th Grade
During senior year, students learn drinking and wastewater treatment theories in class and apply them using hands-on testing procedures and equipment used for various water, air and soil environmental sampling protocols in the field. Water treatment sciences are a main focus of study as students visit local treatment plants and study the terminology and methodology of water treatment in preparation for the Massachusetts Grade-2M Wastewater Operator’s License exam. Seniors compare and contrast state and federal environmental laws related to land use planning, as part of their “Cap Stone” GIS computer mapping land use projects, and present them to their class and instructors. Seniors prepare to enter a career or college by finalizing the career plans in detail, attend Dress 4 Success and interview skills seminars with industry professionals.

Industry Links:For more information on the career outlook for the Environmental Science industry visit:

Bureau of Labor Statistics - Occupational Outlook Handbook