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 physical sciences, life sciences, social sciences, engineering, technology, and law/policy.

The following academic programs are involved in environmental and waste management activities: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Economics, Architectural Engineering, Animal Science, Bioengineering, Biological Engineering, Biology, Business Administration, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Science, Construction Management and Safety, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Electrical Engineering, Elementary Education, Family and Consumer Science, Graphic Communications, History, Horticulture, Industrial Systems Engineering, Journalism and Mass Communications, Manufacturing Systems, Mechanical Engineering, Natural Resources, Landscape Architecture, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Nursing, Political Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work and Soil Science.

Additionally, the Waste Management Institute administers an Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate Program. The Waste Management Certificate “highlights” the training of N.C. A&T students in Environmental Security and Waste Management Issues and also adds value to degree programs (graduate and undergraduate). The Certificates are awarded at a special ceremony.

WMI Certificate Requirements

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. Students must complete degree requirements in their disciplines with a 2.00 GPA.

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. Sophomore standing and consent of instructor.

WMI 417. 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. Senior/Graduate standing and consent of iInstructor.

WMI 419. Environmental Justice Credit 3(3-0)
This lecture class will cover case studies on landfills, air pollution issues, water pollution issues, solid waste disposal, chemical waste disposal, hazardous waste disposal, nuclear waste issues, biological wastes issues, ocean dumping, global oil spill and coastal impacts, incineration and climate issues. Senior/Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

WMI 429. 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. Senior/Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

WMI 490. Independent Study in Environmental and Waste Management Credit 3(1-4)
Students will engage in an in-depth independent study of topics in environmental and waste management under the supervision of a faculty member. Senior standing and consent of instructor.

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. Students must complete advanced degree requirements in their disciplines with a 3.00 GPA.

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.