At a Glance:

Contact: Barry Bates
Barry Bates, Program Coordinator - Bioscience Technology
Phone: 404-225-4583
Campus: Main
Department: Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Academic Affairs, Health & Public Safety Technologies Division
, Program Coordinator
Direct: (404) 225-4583


Bioscience Environmental Laboratory Technologist

Program Overview

Environmental laboratory testing is a crucial aspect of our society\'s environmental management.  The orchestration of drinking water purification and waste water management along with pollution remediation dominate the careers available to bioscience environment laboratory technologists.  This program prepares students to work in laboratories associated with environmental management.

Minimum Program Length: 2 Semesters

Estimated Program Cost: $3,306


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Entrance Requirements

Admissions Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age
  • Official high school or GED transcript is required to apply
  • Achievement of minimum program admission scores in Reading, English, and Math
  • Transfer of previous post-secondary credits will be determined by the registrar.

Student Performance/Graduation Requirements: Students must maintain a 2.0 grade point average and complete all required courses to graduate.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES: Environmental laboratory technicians may work in a wet lab analyzing pH, phosphate levels or microbial screening. Other technicians may determine biological oxygen demand or chemical oxygen demand in samples.

SALARY POTENTIAL: Minimum: $35,000

PROGRAM ADDITIONAL FEES (Cost are estimated and are subject to change): Books and Supplies: $1,500.00 and Uniform:$100.00

As set forth in its student catalog, Atlanta Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, religion, disability, age, political affiliation or belief, veteran status, or citizenship status (except in those special circumstances permitted or mandated by law). For further information regarding these laws (Title VI and IX) contact Sylvie Moses, equity/special needs coordinator, Atlanta Technical College, Cleveland Dennard Center, suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: To request reasonable accommodations upon enrollment (Section 504/ADA), contact Sylvie Moses, career planner/special needs, student affairs division, Cleveland Dennard Building, suite B164, 404.225.4434. Email: Atlanta Technical College, 1560 Metropolitan Parkway, SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.

Blood and Airborne Pathogens: Students enrolled in Category I and II programs at Atlanta Technical College will be performing tasks in which there is a normal occurrence for exposure to blood, other potentially infectious body materials, and airborne pathogens. These tasks will be performed in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical activities for each occupational training program/course. Students will be required to present documentation of Hepatitis B and Tuberculosis immunizations as a result of potential occupational exposure. Students should contact their program directors for more information. Policies and procedures regarding blood and airborne pathogens may be reviewed at


Course Overview

Contact Hours
Credit Hours
Curriculum (24 hours)
General Education Courses (9 hours)
Introduces chemical concept principles, laws, and techniques applicable to the medical laboratory. Topics include laboratory safety, fundamental principles of chemistry, weight and measures, solutions, and basic laws of chemistry.
Provides an introduction to basic biological concepts with a focus on living cells. Topics include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, and biotechnology.
Selected laboratory exercises paralleling the topics in BIOL 1111. The laboratory exercises for this course include chemical principles related to cells, cell structure and function, energy and metabolism, cell division, protein synthesis, genetics, and biotechnology.
Emphasizes the application of basic mathematical skills used in the solution of occupational and technical problems. Topics include fractions, decimals, percents, ratios and proportions, measurement and conversion, formula manipulation, technical applications, and basic statistics.
Occupational Courses (15 hours)
Introduction to and survey of the broad range of activities in bioscience technology. Major applications and advances in pharmaceuticals, medical devices, genomics, forensics, proteomics, agriculture, and environmental science will be covered. Including an in depth examination and discussion of ethical, legal and hands-on activities based on authentic bioscience applications. There is a survey of technical and regulatory aspects of physical, chemical, radiation and biological safety in the bioscience laboratory.
An introduction to the basic concepts of federal regulation of bioscience/ biotechnology research and biomanufacturing. The structure and purview of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and Occupation Safety and Health Administration will be covered. This course will also focus on the regulation of product produced in the life science sector including strategic planning, compliance, validation and documentation of production. Students will gain an understanding of the role of regulatory affairs in the overall business scheme. Differences between the regulatory requirements of the U.S. market compared to the European and Asian markets will be examined.
This course will prepare students to understand the scope of environmental testing and the work of technologists who perform these duties. Students will learn to collect, store, and transport environmental samples, and describe the major analytical procedures applied to these samples in the environmental lab. Data reduction and reporting will be discussed.
This course provides an overview of environmental contamination and pollution. Students will define contamination and pollution issues including sources, spread, and hazards to living and non-living entities. Regulatory affairs related to these issues, including federal, state and local laws, code, and regulations will be reviewed. Current best practices in remediation of environmental contamination and pollution will be covered.
Introduces the fundamental concepts, terminology, and operations necessary to use computers. Emphasis is placed on basic functions and familiarity with computer use. Topics include an introduction to computer terminology, the Windows environment, Internet and email, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, and presentation software.