Associate of Science

Environmental Science

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Program Overview

Program Overview

  • The environmental field is a broad based area of study. It is truly interdisciplinary in nature. The subjects of biology, chemistry and geology are interwoven to provide a full picture of our environment and man’s impact upon this system.

The Environmental Science degree provides students with a foundation in the basic sciences and highlights the field’s interdisciplinary nature.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in environmental science. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: field sampling technician, waste water treatment plant operations, regulatory compliance, conservation.
  • The goal of NVCC's Environmental Science program is to prepare students to transfer into a biological environmental science program at a four-year institution. The requirements for the Environmental Science program allows students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete their bachelor's degree in biology or geology without loss of credit or time.
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Quick Facts

Environmental Science Quick Facts

Career Forecast
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Jobs directly related to your Environmental science degree include: environmental consultant, environmental education officer, environmental manager, nature conservation officer. recycling officer, sustainability consultant, waste management officer, water quality scientist.

Earning Potential
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The median annual wage for environmental science and protection technicians was $44,190 in May 2016.

Career Path
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Environmental science and protection technicians monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution and contamination, including those affecting public health. In addition, they work to ensure that environmental violations are prevented. (Bureau of Labor Statistics)

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An Interdisciplinary Approach

Environmental science is a broad-based field of study. It is truly interdisciplinary in nature. The subjects of biology, chemistry and geology are interwoven to provide a full picture of our environment and man’s impact on it. NVCC's Environmental Science degree provides students with a foundation in the basic sciences, and provides the opportunity to tailor the program to the student's interest with course and elective choices. The goal of the Environmental Science program is to prepare students to transfer into a biological environmental science program at a four-year institution. Students my select a concentration in one of two areas:

  • Biology option
  • Environmental Systems option

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Program Requirements

Environmental Science A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning/Information Literacy listed (CSA*H105 or CSC*H101 recommended) 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H172 College Algebra or higher 3
Scientific Reasoning BIO*H121 General Biology I OR BIO*H155 General Botany 4
Program Requirement GLG*H121 Physical Geology (fall only) 4
SECOND SEMESTER
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature & Composition OR ENG*H200 Advanced Composition OR ENG*H202 Technical Writing 3
Program Requirement BIO*H122 General Biology II (spring only) OR BIO*H145 General Zoology (spring only)1 4
Program Requirement MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Program Requirement†† ENV*H110 Environmental Regulations (spring only) OR ENV*H120 Introduction to Hazardous Materials (spring only) 3
Program Requirement BIO*H181 Environmental Science with Lab (spring only) 4
THIRD SEMESTER
Historical Knowledge and Understanding Choose any Historical Knowledge and Understanding listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Scientific Knowledge CHE*H121 General Chemistry I 4
Program Requirement BIO*H171 Field Biology (fall only) 4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communication Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions listed (except HRT*H202) 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed (GEO*H102 is recommended) 3
Program Requirement CHE*H122 General Chemistry II (spring only) 4
Program Requirement BIO*H235 Microbiology 4

Total Credits: 62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 Enroll in either BIO*H121 and BIO*H122 sequence OR BIO*H155 and BIO*H145 sequence (BIO*H155 and BIO*H145 for SCSU transfer only).

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Research and assess the accuracy of information from print, online and media sources and be able to distinguish between scientific fact and media sensationalism.
  2. Apply the scientific method to environmental problems using both laboratory and field skills to gather, analyze and interpret scientific data.
  3. Scientifically analyze and critically evaluate local/regional/global environmental problems in terms of ecological principles and development of sustainable solutions.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental science with the fundamental principles of biology, chemistry, geology, law and public policy.
  5. Describe the relationship between biotic organisms and the abiotic factors within an ecosystem.
  6. Demonstrate knowledge gained from scientific investigation by appropriate written, oral and mathematical means as these skills are vital to success as an environmental profession.
  7. Examine environmental problems and issues as well as establish personal positions on such issues and problems collaboratively.

CSCU Pathway Transfer Degree: Biology Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
FIRST SEMESTER
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H185 Trigonometric Functions or MAT*H186 Precalculus 3-4
Scientific Knowledge CHE*H121 General Chemistry I 4
Scientific Reasoning BIO*H121 General Biology I 4
SECOND SEMESTER
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirement BIO*H122 General Biology II
(spring only)
4
Program Requirement CHE*H122 General Chemistry II
(spring only)
4
Program Requirement MAT*H254 Calculus I 4
THIRD SEMESTER
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Program Requirement Any *H200 level BIO science lab 4
Program Requirement PHY*H121 General Physics I or CHE*H211 Organic Chemistry I1 4
FOURTH SEMESTER
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Social Phenomena Choose any Social Phenomena listed 3
Program Requirement Choose any *H200 level BIO science lab 4
Program Requirement PHY*H122 General Physics II or CHE*H212 Organic Chemistry II1 4

Total Credits: 60-61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Not currently offered at NVCC. This course is offered at Tunxis, Gateway, WCSU, CCSU and SCSU.

Currently there are no related workforce training courses available for this program.

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Academic & Transfer

The goal of NVCC's Environmental Science program is to prepare students to transfer into a biological environmental science program at a four-year institution. The requirements for the Environmental science program allows students to transfer seamlessly to most four-year colleges and to successfully complete their bachelor's degree in biology without loss of credit or time. Talk with your advisor.

Career Paths 

  • Field Sampling Technician
  • Waste Water Treatment
  • Plant Operations
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Conservation

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