Waste Management Institute

http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/academic-affairs/wmi/

Godfrey A. Uzochukwu, Director

The Waste Management Institute (WMI) coordinates the interdisciplinary environmental and waste management efforts of the University. The approach to environmental and waste management education at the University rests upon a solid foundation of applied and social sciences, engineering, technology, and law/policy.

The following academic units are involved in environmental and waste management activities: Animal Science, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Economics, Architectural Engineering, Biology, Business Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Economics, Graphic Communications, History, Human Environment & Family Science, Industrial Engineering, Construction Management & Safety, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Resources and Environmental Design (Agricultural and Engineering Systems Engineering, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Plant Science and Soil Science), Mathematics, Nursing, Political Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology and Social Work.

Additionally, the Waste Management Institute administers an Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Programs. The Waste Management Certificate "highlights" the training of A&T students in Environmental Security and Waste Management Issues and also complements degree programs (graduate and undergraduate). The Certificates are awarded at a special ceremony.

WMI Certificate Requirements

  1. Undergraduate students - 18 credit hours of recommended waste management course work including a “CAPSTONE” seminar. A one page typed statement of environmental/waste management experiences (internships, projects completed, volunteer work, etc) including how environmental and waste management relate to student's major.
  2. Graduate students - 12 credit hours (6 credit hours of advanced waste management course work and 6 credit hours of waste management thesis/project including a “CAPSTONE” seminar.

Courses in Waste Management

WMI 333. Waste Management Capstone Seminar I Credits 1(1-0)
The seminar introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of waste management and covers the waste management aspects of natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, technology, and economics in an integrated manner. Students are introduced to waste management topics that enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in post academic-endeavors. The seminar incorporates current literature, research, and the consulting activities in environmental industry.

WMI 617. Environmental Ethics & Philosophy Credits 2(2-0)
This course introduces students to the interdisciplinary nature of ethics and philosophy of waste management and covers the waste management ethics and philosophy of natural sciences, physical sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, technology, and economics in an integrated manner. Students are introduced to topics in waste management ethics and philosophy that enhance their critical thinking and problem-solving skills needed in post-academic endeavors.

WMI 629. Hazmat Training Credits 3(1-4)
Students are introduced to regulations, toxicology, monitoring, chemistry, site characterization, safety plan, sampling, spill, control and emergency response. Emphasis is placed on 29 CFR 1910.120 OSHA regulations and other applicable standards. Students will receive a 40-hour Hazmat Training Certificate upon completion of this course in addition to a course grade.

Web address: http://www.ncat.edu/divisions/academic-affairs/wmi/index.html for courses, enrollment, application for certificate, etc). Note that courses do not include prerequisites and must be approved by Academic Advisors and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Waste Management Institute. The Waste Management Institute office is located in the Carver Hall 261.