Jan 20, 2019
School: Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Academic Dept: Biology
Curriculum Chair: Kim Walsh
Important Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2019. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined
The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers. Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more about the differences among award types.
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.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:
- Integrate concepts from the natural and social sciences in the analysis of environmental issues.
- Demonstrate the ability to use 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.
- Explain the human impact on the planet and describe policy options for fostering sustainable decision-making.
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.
General Education Requirements - 36 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (3 credits)
Natural Sciences (8 credits)
Social Sciences (6 credits)
American History (3 credits)
Degree Requirements - 26 Credits
Environmental Studies Electives
Select a minimum of 12 credits from the following courses:
Political Science Electives
Select ONE of the following courses:
Minimum Total Credits - 62
Career Path Opportunities
Are you wondering what careers you can explore with a degree or certificate? Perhaps you are not sure what people do or how much money they make in certain careers that pique your interest? Would you like to know how many jobs are predicted to be available in a particular industry? Or maybe you are unsure whether receiving a degree or certificate would be right for you? Go to https://sunywcc.emsicareercoach.com to explore career paths, their associated job descriptions, salary trends, and jobs trends. Complete a career assessment for additional guidance. Still not sure? Visit www.sunywcc.edu/career for more career resources and contacts.
Transfer Opportunities (non-SUNY)
Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transferarticulation to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit www.sunywcc.edu/transfer for additional transfer resources and contacts.
Transfer Scholarship Opportunities
Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors! Go to www.sunywcc.edu/scholarships to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.
Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.