This department is in the division of Science.

Environmental Science

Environmental science is the science of the interactions between the physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment, including their effects on all types of organisms but more often refers to human impact on the environment.

Overview

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.

Degrees/Certificates

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
BIOL 205 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
BIOL 202 Organismal Biology and Ecology 4
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I 5
  or
CHEM 150H General Chemistry I - Honors 5
CHEM 151 General Chemistry II 5
  or
CHEM 151H General Chemistry II - Honors 5
MATH 250 Single Variable Calculus I 4
 
CHOOSE TWO COURSES FROM THE FOLLOWING: Units
BIOL 104 Human Ecology 3
BIOL 270 Microbiology 5
CHEM 205 Quantitative Chemical Analysis 5
CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry I 4
  or
CHEM 212H Organic Chemistry I - Honors 4
CHEM 213 Organic Chemistry II 4
  or
CHEM 213H Organic Chemistry II - Honors 4
GEOG 110 Physical Geography 3
GEOG 111 Physical Geography Laboratory 1
  or
GEOG 111H Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors 1
GEOL 101 Introduction to Physical Geology 3
GEOL 111 Introduction to Physical Geology Laboratory 1
GIS 130 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
GIS 131 GIS Applications 3
GIS 133 GIS Cartography and Base Map Development 3
MATH 108 Introduction to Probability and Statistics 4
MATH 251 Single Variable Calculus II 4
PHYSIC 151 General Physics for the Life Sciences I 4
PHYSIC 152 General Physics for the Life Sciences II 4
 
Total Units 28 - 32

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Faculty

Faculty Chair: Todd Heibel, Ph.D

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