Water Resources and Environmental Science Technology

Would you be interested in helping protect one of our most important natural resources? Do you envision your future using the latest in environmental science technology, or as a water and wastewater treatment plant and system operator?

Our Environmental Science and Water Resources Technology program is designed to give you real-world experience with theoretical and practical hands-on training. You’ll learn about water, wastewater, and industrial wastewater treatment with an emphasis on federal, state, county, and city regulations affecting water quality. You’ll also gain experience with water monitoring field instruments and wastewater treatment monitor field equipment.

Upon completion, you’ll be able to prepare for the ADEQ examinations in both water and wastewater treatment with confidence. Make it happen — start your career in Water Resources and Environmental Science Technology today.

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

GateWay Community College is the only college in the state offering specialized degrees and certificates in water and wastewater treatment and water resources technologies. As a GateWay Community College student in this field, you are able to start your bachelor's degree at a significant savings. Through partnerships with our state universities, you are able to transfer many of your credits earned at GateWay. 

Review the course requirements for complete details, and work with an advisor regarding pathways to transfer credits to one of the state universities. 

Program Locations

Washington Campus 

Surprise-GateWay Training Facility 
11401 N. 136th Ave. 
Surprise, AZ 85374

Program Cost Estimates*

Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Science and Water Resources Technologies:  $6,895
Certificate of Completion in Water and Wastewater Treatment:  $2,781
Certificate of Completion in Environmental Science Technology:  $2,781

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.


Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.