Environmental Technology

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Environmental Technology provides a foundational understanding of hazardous materials and waste management, environmental law and enforcement, and the management of pollution. This online program looks at the technical aspects of environmental technology and management through the implementation of environmental management systems, hazardous materials safety, and regulatory compliance programs. Emphasis is on the practical application of government regulatory, safety, and compliance measures for both private and public sector environmental professionals.

Program Courses

The curriculum for this online program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • The chemistry of hazardous materials
  • Public laws and regulations of hazardous waste management
  • Environmental violation enforcement
  • Pollution management
  • Environmental policies, regulations, and laws
  • Environmental management systems and processes

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of environmental technology without committing to a degree program. View all courses.

Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Define the theoretical foundation of the disciplines of environmental hazard mitigation and pollution management.
  • Explain the regulatory, policy, and political influences on environmental management and sustainability.
  • Develop management strategies that incorporate environmental compliance standards and achieve organizational missions.
  • Describe the current and emerging technologies in the treatment, remediation, and disposal of environmental contaminants.
  • Evaluate strategies and assess mitigation plans for environmental contaminants.
  • Assess the consequences of the ecological impacts on public health and safety, and social and economic welfare.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or info@apus.edu.


Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.