Feb 24, 2020  
Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
    
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science 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 Science A.S. degree is designed for transfer and parallels the first two years of course content for Environmental Science Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees.  Enrolled students will establish a foundation of biological, environmental and chemical 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.

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 they may meet the entry requirements for baccalaureate programs in environmental science and related curricula. 

Completion of the Environmental Science A.S. degree, and continuation through transfer, qualifies the graduate for careers in conservation, environmental science, “green” energy, environmental engineering as well as environmental education. 

Program Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this program students will:

  • Be able to transfer to a Baccalaureate program to pursue a degree in Environmental Science and ultimately work in sustainability-related careers in government, public administration, education and public health.
  • Be able to evaluate problems with an environmental perspective, play a part in future environmental, social, and economic decisions within Westchester County and beyond 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.

General Education Requirements - 52 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)


Humanities (3 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  

Minimum Total Credits - 64


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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