Apr 07, 2020  
Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies A.S.

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Division:  Natural and Health Science
Academic Dept:  Biology
HEGIS: 5604
Curriculum Chair:  Michael Priano
Office: SCI-210
Telephone: 914-606-6588
Email: michael.priano@sunywcc.edu

A Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. 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.

Program Description

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 completion of this program students will be able to:

  1. Transfer to a Baccalaureate program to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies and ultimately work in sustainability-related careers.
  2. Evaluate problems with an environmental perspective and become better Earth citizens.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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)

Mathematics (7 credits)

The Arts, Foreign Language, or Other World Civilizations (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    The Arts – see SUNY General Education Courses  
                    Foreign Languages – see SUNY General Education Courses    
                    Other World Civilizations – see SUNY General Education Courses  

Degree Requirements - 26 Credits

Minimum Total Credits - 62

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .

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