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Environmental Science, Associate of Science Degree in Science and Mathematics

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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.



Curriculum – A.S. Degree

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Total Credits 63 - 70

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

2 Mathematics by official placement test. Students must complete math through MATH 113 Precalculus II .

3 Students who pass the technological competency test (no credit) may take any General Education course.

4 Select a course from among the following:  ENVI 103 Energy and the Environment  , ENVI 202 Geographic Information Systems , ENVI 203 Organic Agriculture , BIOL 232 Field Botany BIOL 249 Ornithology  , BIOL 247 Vertebrate Zoology  , BIOL 150 Plants, Humans & the Environment , GEOL 157 Introduction to Geology , BIOL 221 Microbiology , BIOL 242 Genetics , CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I , CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II , PHYS 101 General Physics I , PHYS 102 General Physics II . It is recommended that students consult with an Environmental Science faculty member.

5 Offered in the fall semester only. 

6  Any college level course except ENVI 101 Environmental Studies  .

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