Program Overview

Northwest Arkansas Community College offers an Associate degree in Environmental and Regulatory science with a specialization in Safety, Health, and Hazardous Material for students and interested in careers involving the protection of the environment from unwanted contamination and destruction from human and natural activities. In addition, students will learn about keeping workers in the workplace safe through prevention of accidents and maintenance of work conditions to maintain worker health. Furthermore, students will learn about hazardous materials and their effects on workers and the steps taken to protect workers and the environment from dangerous materials.

The curriculum focuses on materials that emphasize the role of managers responsible for environmental protection and planning for activities which may affect the environment. The curriculum consists of 60 credit hours of classes which include fundamental of industrial hygiene, introduction to occupational safety and health, and special topics in environmental science.  

Skills that individuals completing the program will be expected to display include the ability to effectively and efficiently manage responsibilities and tasks, to recognize, understand, and assure compliance with relevant regulations, to utilize effective oral and written communication skills and listening skills, and to utilize computer software to collect information, manage data, and conduct written communications.

Furthermore, students are expected to demonstrate the ability to work safely, identify and document relevant environmental conditions using general science principles, and to apply principles of quality to daily work tasks, and to demonstrate the ability to react appropriately to unanticipated or changing conditions.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Northwest Arkansas Community College, a two year, public institution of higher learning, can trace its origins to the 1970s, when it operated as a branch campus of what was then known as North Arkansas Community College. Then in 1989, the citizens of Bentonville and Rogers, Arkansas voted to establish the branch as an independent school, and it adopted its Northwest Arkansas Community College title. The core mission of NWACC is to “serve and strengthen the community through learning for living.” 


    Students at NWACC can complete a variety of programs leading to associate’s degrees or career and technical certificates, which can transfer to four-year institutions or straight into the workforce, respectively. In addition to traditional, face-to-face classes, Northwest Arkansas Community College offers online classes through the distance learning program. Online and hybrid degrees are also available.​


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