Montana State University-Northern
College of Education, Arts & Sciences, and Nursing

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College of Education, Arts & Sciences and Nursing
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751

Cowan Hall 105A

Water Quality Technology: Environmental Health Program

* The AAS in Water Quality Technology is currently in Moratorium. We are not accepting new students into this program. Students currently enrolled will be able to complete this degree. This program is being reviewed and may become available in the future.

Learn to Manage and Protect one of the World's Most Precious Resources.

The Water Quality Technology Environmental Health degree at Montana State University-Northern combines basic biological and chemical concepts with application for the designed treatment of water for drinking and treatment of wastewater prior to return to the natural environment.

  • Prepare to enter the workforce in either a community public works company or a government organization with an environmental health education from MSU-N.
  • Learn technical analytical methodology to determine water quality characteristics.
Associate's Degree in Water Quality Technology & Environmental Health: Future-focused Environmental Health Education.
  • Use the associate's degree program to help you study and pass the state water/wastewater operator certification exams to become a certified operator.
  • Participate in a cooperative education experience, which provides you with a hands-on application of the knowledge you'll acquire through in the water quality technology program.

All public water supply system and wastewater treatment systems require certified operators for employees.

Water Quality Technology: Environmental Health Faculty: Experienced Educators. Student-Focused.
  • Study for your environmental health degree with two professors who specialize in water quality education.
  • Work with a number of professors from other disciplines on the MSU-N campus in Havre.

Students learn technical analytical methodology to determine water quality characteristics along with state and federal monitoring and reporting requirements as part of the laboratory classes. They also learn critical data evaluation for the determination of effective process control through lectures on the processes utilized in treating drinking water or treating wastewater. Students also utilize analytical skills through the application of math skills by evaluating pumps, pumping efficiencies and determining pressure drops within distribution systems.

Water Quality Technology Classes: Comprehensive. Geared to certification.

Science Foundation – Gain an understanding of the science behind environmental health studies with classes in biology, chemistry, and water-specific sciences.

Water Quality Systems – Get an in-depth education in the systems you'll need to know in water quality technology jobs.

Real-Life Experience – Work outside the classroom in the water quality technology field with a cooperative education opportunity.

Water Quality Technology Career Outlook

Along with other infrastructure jobs, water quality technology is a field that is likely to remain stable indefinitely as clean water is a necessary component in day-to-day life. The Associate's Degree in Water Quality Technology – Environmental Health prepare graduates for careers in this field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 12% growth in water treatment jobs through 2020.


Carol Reifschneider
   Office: Hagener Science Center 206
   Phone: (406) 265-4126

Gregg Hester
   Office: Hagener Science Center 110
   Phone: (406) 265-4125