Division: Natural and Health Science
Academic Dept: Biology
Curriculum Chair: Michael Priano
The Environmental Studies A.S. degree program parallels the first two years of course content for Environmental Studies Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees. Enrolled students will establish a foundation of biological, environmental, political and social sciences, and mathematics. Westchester Community College has established transfer agreements with a number of colleges and universities. Students who plan their programs carefully will receive full transfer credit at these institutions and will advance to the bachelor’s degree with an additional two years of full-time study.
Upon completion of this program students will be able to:
- Transfer to a Baccalaureate program to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and ultimately work in sustainability-related careers.
- Evaluate problems with an environmental perspective and become better Earth citizens.
- Illustrate the use of the scientific method of inquiry and analysis to better understand nature, our impact on it and how applied science, technology and public policies may foster sustainable global development.
- Characterize the nature of the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. They will be able to explain common human impacts on each and how sustainability might be achieved.
Completion of this degree will give students a thorough understanding of concepts associated with sustainability, global climate change, ecosystem protection, natural resource management, and environmental policy and protection.
Qualified graduates of this program are likely to continue their studies at four-year colleges and universities, where, depending on the courses taken during their time here, they may meet the entry requirements for baccalaureate programs in environmental studies and related curricula.
Completion of the Environmental Studies A. S. degree, and continuation through transfer, qualifies the graduate for careers in environmental education as well as environmental policy, regulation, and law.