Environmental science is a natural science discipline that studies environmental problems and human impact on the environment. The discipline draws on biology, chemistry, ecology, engineering, geology, meteorology, oceanography and physics. Environmental science is different than environmental studies, which emphasizes the human relationship with the environment and the social and political dimensions thereof. Our program is intended for students either interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in environmental science or who want to obtain an entry level technician position. An Associate of Science in Environmental Science degree is a great starting point for students to learn basic fundamental principles, practices, and field techniques in preparation for careers in research, government, and academia where there is a growing demand for environmental scientists. There are 2 concentrations for the A.S. in Environmental Science: Biology or Chemistry.
Overall Program Objectives
- Understand the basic principles of environmental science, including the basis of scientific laws and theories.
- Effectively communicate and critically evaluate scientific observations through collecting, analyzing, and interpreting environmental data.
- Pursue meaningful careers are environmental scientists who maintain continuing educational growth during their careers.
- Engage in effective partnerships with academic institutions and industrial organizations in coastal restoration, as well as environmental investigations.
Biology Concentration Objectives
- Understand the importance of the biological levels of organization (i.e. individual/organismal, population, community, ecosystem) in the study of environmental science
- Understand the role of evolutionary processes in the study of environmental science
- Understand how human activity can influence the health and wellness of ecosystems
Chemistry Concentration Objectives
- Apply analytical and scientific concepts in identifying and solving environmental concerns.
- Summarize professional and ethical responsibility in environmental issues.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to perform environmental testing.
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