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Environmental Science, Associate of Science

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The Environmental Science Associate of Science degree program 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:

  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of natural and human dimensions of environmental issues from local to global scales.
  • demonstrate and apply skills in scientific methodology including literature research, data analysis and interpretation, and preparation of scientific presentations and reports relating to environmental issues.
  • identify areas of academic specialization, career, and employment opportunities in environmental science and related fields.

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.



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

First Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 60

1 Mathematics by official placement. Students who place directly into MATH 151 Calculus I  should take MATH 111 Statistics II  and a General Education Elective to replace MATH 112 Precalculus I  and MATH 113 Precalculus II .  Students are advised to check with their transfer institution for recommended courses.

2 Choose from either ENVI 101 Environmental Studies  or ENVI 102 Environmental Science and Sustainability .  Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Environmental Science faculty member.

3 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education  list.

4 Offered in the Fall semester only.

5 Students must complete a minimum of 7 credits from the following courses:  ENVI 103 Energy and the Environment , BIOL 150 Plants, Humans & the Environment BIOL 221 Microbiology BIOL 232 Field Botany BIOL 242 Genetics BIOL 247 Vertebrate Zoology CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I , CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II , PHYS 101 General Physics I , or PHYS 102 General Physics II .

6 Offered in the Spring semester only.

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