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Environmental Science

Environmental Science A.S. Degree Major

The goals of the Environmental Science program are to: 1) meet the needs of students who are majoring in one of the diverse fields encompassed by environmental science, and 2) provide options for students fulfilling general education science requirements.

Awareness of the issues of environmental quality is increasingly important in business, industry, and government. The growing human population and increasing consumption of resources are creating unprecedented pressures on our planetary life support systems. Environmental science majors need to complete an interdisciplinary set of core requirements that provide a basic understanding of the physical, biological, and social sciences and the relevance of these sciences to environmental processes and issues. In addition, the coursework will prepare students for related baccalaureate majors, including: biology, chemistry, engineering, geography (including emphasis in geographic information systems (GIS)), geology, mathematics, oceanography, and physics. For non-majors, the program’s goal is to educate students to make better-informed choices about key environmental and health issues.

Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution and major in environmental science should consult with a counselor regarding the transfer process and institution-specific lower-division requirements. In upper division and graduate studies, students majoring in environmental science usually specialize in areas such as environmental toxicology, public health, environmental law, education, environmental economics, soil and water science, restoration ecology, environmental landscaping, environmental management and urban planning, and related careers.

To graduate with a specialization in Environmental Science, students must complete the following required courses plus the general breadth requirements for the Associate Degree (total = 60 units)

REQUIRED COURSES:




Units
BIOL201
Cell and Molecular Biology




4
BIOL202
Organismal Biology and Ecology




4
CHEM150
General Chemistry I




5
or
CHEM150H
General Chemistry I - Honors




5
CHEM151
General Chemistry II




5
or
CHEM151H
General Chemistry II - Honors




5
MATH250
Single Variable Calculus I




4

CHOOSE TWO COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING:                         
Units
BIOL104
Human Ecology 3
BIOL123
Ecology and Environment 3
BIOL204
General Botany 4
BIOL270
Microbiology 5
CHEM205
Quantitative Chemical Analysis 5
CHEM212
Organic Chemistry I 4
or
CHEM212H
Organic Chemistry I - Honors 4
CHEM213
Organic Chemistry II 4
or
CHEM213H
Organic Chemistry II - Honors 4
GEOG110
Physical Geography 3
GEOG111
Physical Geography Laboratory 1
or
GEOG111H
Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors 1
GEOL101
Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEOL111
Physical Geology Laboratory 1
GIS130
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GIS131
GIS Applications 3
GIS133
GIS Cartography and Base Map Development 3
MATH108
Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
MATH251
Single Variable Calculus II 4
PHYSIC150A
General Physics for the Life Sciences I 5
PHYSIC150B
General Physics for the Life Sciences II 5

Total Units 28 - 32