Environmental Science, an option of the Associate of Science degree program in Science and Mathematics, prepares students for transfer into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Environmental Science.
The program provides a comprehensive understanding of the functions of local and global ecosystems and examines how they are affected by human activities. Students consider scientific evidence demonstrating how human activities threaten many ecosystems, and they critically study alternatives to present practices.
The Environmental Science program trains students to examine the impact of man on the environment from sociological, political and economic viewpoints.
Graduates are able to:
- apply concepts and implement the skills learned in the sciences, mathematics and humanities to real-world environmental issues
- demonstrate skills in literature research, debate and discussion, oral presentation and scientific techniques and methodology
- demonstrate awareness of local environmental problems and efforts
- demonstrate awareness of specialization, career and employment opportunities in the field of environmental science
Graduates of the program are prepared for entry into a four-year degree program in environmental science, which leads to a wide range of careers in environmental testing and research, consulting, private industry and environmental agencies.
Raritan Valley Community College Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) degree programs are designed to comply with the New Jersey Community Colleges General Education Foundation which supports transfer of courses to NJ Public four-year colleges and universities. Students who intend to transfer to a NJ college or university can further improve the transfer of courses by using the Recommended Transfer Program (RTP) feature in NJTransfer.org.
NOTE: Students considering transfer to Rutgers University should choose a Global & Cultural Awareness (GCA) General Education course not replicated elsewhere in their curriculum. Students who have already fulfilled the GCA requirement for their Associates of Arts (AA) degree should select an additional Social Sciences or Humanities General Education course.