Environmental Science

  • Overview
  • Pathways
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

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • 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 pathways »