Environmental Science

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Provides a background in environmental science with course work geared toward transfer requirements for a four-year Baccalaureate program in environmental science.

Biology is the key field within this interdisciplinary, science-focused option. You’ll learn about the fundamentals of Environmental Science and can choose to focus on Ecology or Natural History. Additional science courses in Biology, Chemistry, and other natural sciences of your choosing will prepare you for more advanced study in a number of scientific fields. Finally, Economics and Environmental Studies courses will introduce you to the concept of sustainability and teach you to situate your other studies in a broader environmental context.

Curriculum documents

This is just one way you might complete the Environmental Science program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Environmental Science program description from our official academic catalog.

Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
BIO 126
ENG Comp. I
BIO 120
Behavioral Science course
BIO 127
ENG Comp. II
ECO 113
MAT 107 or MAT 114
HIS course
ENG 200 Level
BIO 103, BIO 104, or BIO 122
CHE 111
EVS 101
General elective
PCS
Science course (2)
Humanities elective
Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2
ENG Comp. I
BIO 126
ENG Comp. II
BIO 127
BIO 120
PCS course
Behavioral Science course
MAT 107 or MAT 114
ECO 113
Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4
CHE 111
EVS 101
BIO 103, BIO 104, or BIO 122
Science course
HIS course
Science course
ENG 200 level course
General elective
Humanities elective

What’s next

Transfer to a Baccalaureate program.

Consider this program if

  • You want a broad as well as deep scientific understanding of the natural world.
  • You want to work in fields related to the environment, including conservation, wildlife biology, and environmental consulting.
  • You want to pursue higher academic study in environmental science or ecology.

By taking classes in a Liberal Arts option, students complete courses that help develop 100 and 200 course level knowledge and skills in a particular field. If you don’t satisfy the requirements of a specific Liberal Arts option, you may still be able to fulfill the requirements of another option, or fulfill the requirements of the Liberal Arts General degree. Students are advised to work closely with their GCC advisor to select the specific courses that will help meet their career or transfer goals. Note: Students who complete a Liberal Arts option will graduate with the degree “Associate in Arts in Liberal Arts.” Your area of concentration is reflected only in your transcript, not your diploma.

The Environmental Science program has associated certificates that can “stack” into the degree. Depending on course selection, if you’re enrolled in this program you can earn one of the following certificates halfway through completing your degree:

These programs are a great way to increase your earning power and job potential with a marketable career certificate while you’re still working toward your degree. Work closely with your advisor to make sure you choose the right classes!

Learn more about our degree and certificate and degree pathways »