Water Quality Science and Operations


About This Program

One of the most important natural resources, water needs to be monitored, tested, and recycled. Vermilion’s Water Quality Science and Water Operations program focuses on water use in wastewater, water treatment, facility water systems, and water usage. You will learn lab testing, equipment maintenance, and additional skills required for a Minnesota State Class D Water and Wastewater Operator license.

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Degrees & Credits

A.A.S. Degree (60 credits)

Diploma (34 credits)


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Program Features

Hands-on work in field related systems, with an experienced instructor

Students will also have the following opportunities:

  • Top quality personal and industry equipment
  • Qualifications for all necessary industry licenses
  • Clear ability to transfer
  • Opportunity to work with industry professionals
  • Diverse career field
  • Working alumni in the industry


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Career Opportunities

Options for a degree and class D license

Upon graduation, you will have various careers that you will be eligible for through both water sciences and your class D water/wastewater operator’s license. Some potential fields include Water Operations, Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Laboratory, Equipment Maintenance, Public Health Systems, and Environmental Engineering Technicians.


Additional Information


Students can transfer into a variety of programs related to Water Sciences to further their degree and open additional career options. Specifically Vermilion has transfer agreements set up with the following schools:

  • Bemidji State University
  • University of Minnesota – Crookston
  • University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point