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Environmental Science (A.S.)

Study environmental science at JCC

JCC’s associate in science degree in environmental science:

  • 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.

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Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 1550: Introduction to Environmental Science

4 Natural Sciences Global Perspectives Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

BIO 1570: Principles of Biology I

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

CHE 1550: College Chemistry I

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • CHE 1550 eligibility: MAT 1600 or corequisite MAT 1590.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 1580: Principles of Biology II

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

CHE 1560: College Chemistry II

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

MAT 1600: Precalculus (or higher)

4 Math Mathematical Reasoning
  • CHE 1560 prerequisite/corequisite: MAT 1600.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

BIO 2550: Conservation Biology

3 Natural Sciences Global Perspectives Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

BIO 2570: Environmental Issues and Ethics

3 Global Perspectives Values and Ethics

ECO 1530: Contemporary Economic Problems or

ECO 2610: Macroeconomic Principles or

ECO 2620: Microeconomic Principles

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1540: Elementary Statistics

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

Elective

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Cultural Anthropology

3 Other World Civilizations Social Sciences Cultural Understanding Global Perspectives Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences Values and Ethics

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Choose a course from the approved list

4

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

GLG 1510: Physical Geology or

GLG 1550: Earth Science

3-4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Elective

1-2

Social Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

HIS 1520: World History Since 1500 or

HIS 1530: US History Before 1865 or

HIS 1540: US History Since 1865

3 American History Western Civilization Cultural Understanding

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

BIO 2660: Zoology

4 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.

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