Environmental Science

About the Program

JCC’s Associate in Science degree in environmental science:
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  • Provides critical foundations for well-trained environmental scientists and citizen scientists to address the urgent and growing environmental challenges of the 21st century and beyond.
  • Prepares students to comprehend and critically evaluate contemporary environmental problems at the intersection of nature, human institutions, and scientific study.
  • Provides the interdisciplinary explorations and scientific tools and technologies essential for addressing the emerging environmental challenges and opportunities of today’s world.
  • Engages students in exploring the ethical dimensions of decisions and actions associated with being responsible local and global citizens, and in understanding that a more sustainable world will nurture healthier ecosystems, vibrant human communities, and stronger economies.
  • Prepares students for transfer into numerous four-year college and university baccalaureate programs such as environmental science, environmental biology, natural resource management, conservation science, forest ecosystem science, fisheries and wildlife biology, natural history, ecology, ethnobotany, soil science, sustainable agriculture, and related fields.
  • Helps meet the academic and professional needs of students seeking careers related to environmental science and other disciplines related to the environmental health of the planet.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
30-31 credit hours
ENG 1530: English Composition II3
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3
ECO 1530: Contemporary Economic Problems or ECO 2610: Macroeconomic Principles or ECO 2620: Microeconomic Principles3

Chosen course(s) must be at the 1600 level or higher.


Choose carefully from the math/science elective list depending on your desired transfer destination and intended area of concentration. 

BIO 1830: SURI: Environmental I4
BIO 2531: Microbiology3
BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab1
BIO 2560: Genetics4
BIO 2620: Tropical Biology Seminar3
BIO 2660: Zoology4
BIO 2670: Botany4
BIO 2830: SURI: Environmental II4
CHE 2530: Organic Chemistry I4
CHE 2540: Organic Chemistry II4
GLG 1550: Earth Science or GLG 1510: Physical Geology3-4
GLG 1810: Introduction to Oceanography3
PHY 1610: General Physics I or PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I4
PHY 1620: General Physics II or PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II4
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3
Core Requirements
22 credit hours
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I4
BIO 2550: Conservation Biology3
CHE 1550: College Chemistry I4
CHE 1560: College Chemistry II4
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II or BIO 2660: Zoology or BIO 2670: Botany4
BIO 2570: Environmental Issues/Ethics or BIO 2600: Planet Earth: Critical Topics3
Electives 7-8 credit hours
Important Points
  • By choosing elective courses carefully, a student may be able to include additional SUNY General Education courses to his/her curriculum.
  • Students are encouraged to consult with an advisor about whether to take BIO 2532: Microbiology Lab along with BIO 2531: Microbiology.
  • Please note, Botany or Zoology may only be used to fulfill either the program core requirements or the Science/Math Elective requirement, but not both.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the methods environmental scientists use to explore natural phenomena and human impacts, including observation, hypothesis development, measurement and data collection, experimentation and  field research, evaluation of evidence, and employment of appropriate mathematical analysis.
  2. Critically evaluate and analyze contemporary environmental problems at the interface of nature, human institutions, and scientific study.
  3. Analyze ethical dilemmas raised by environmental science, society, and technology, attempt to identify personal values that affect how one thinks about these dilemmas, and consider diverse perspectives in the process.
  4. Demonstrate application of scientific data, concepts, and models in environmental science.
  5. Demonstrate and apply an understanding of interdisciplinary explorations and scientific tools and technologies essential for addressing the emerging environmental challenges and opportunities of this century.

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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