About the Program

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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
16 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

Electives are SUNY GER specific.


Course must be MAT 1600 or higher and SUNY GER specific.

MAT 1600: Precalculus4
Core Requirements
38 credit hours
BIO 7506: Introduction to Environmental Science4
BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II4
BIO 2550: Conservation Biology3
CHE 1550: College Chemistry I4
CHE 1560: College Chemistry II4
BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I or BIO 1575: Biology: A Molecular Approach4
BIO 2570: Environmental Issues/Ethics or BIO 2600: Planet Earth: Critical Topics3

Internships do not count toward the required number of Liberal Arts and Science credits.

BIO 1830: SURI: Environmental I4
BIO 2013: Environmental Science Internship I4
BIO 2023: Environmental Science Internship II4
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 1510: Physical Geology4
GLG 1550: Earth Science3
GLG 1810: Introduction to Oceanography3
MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics3
PHY 1610: General Physics I or PHY 1710: Analytical Physics I4
PHY 1620: General Physics II or PHY 2710: Analytical Physics II4
Electives 6 credit hours
Important Points
  • BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I is the preferred course.
  • 3 of the 6 credits for liberal arts & sciences and/or career electives are SUNY GER specific.
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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