Associate in Science Degree

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for employment at the assistant or semi-professional level in public or private organizations dealing with pollution prevention and control. It is intended to be flexible by allowing substitution of courses that will tailor the curriculum to individual student needs or occupational objectives.

As a final experience students complete an internship that provides valuable job training and frequently leads to full time employment.

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Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss the major environmental issues facing society, including their short- and long-term impacts and the potential for applying sustainable technologies and solutions.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental scientific principles underlying environmental issues, emphasizing interrelationships between biological, chemical, and geological processes in the Earth system.
  3. Apply the scientific method of inquiry to environmental questions using a combination of laboratory skills, field skills, knowledge of experimental design, statistical analysis, and critical thinking.
  4. Use appropriate computational, graphical, and communication methods to analyze and present scientific data effectively, using up-to-date technologies as appropriate.
  5. Research and assess the accuracy of information from a variety sources, including print publications, broadcast media, and online resources.
  6. Work effectively both individually and as a team member to assess environmental problems and conduct scientific investigations.
  7. Perform work in accordance with standard laboratory and field safety procedures.
  8. Identify career options and educational pathways for a variety of environmental science careers locally, regionally, and nationally, including skills and knowledge needed to be successful.

Graduation Checklist

Environmental Science Degree – Graduation Checklist

A Graduation Checklist is a printable list of course requirements you will use when you meet with your academic advisor each semester.  The checklist helps you keep track of your progress from when you first enter MxCC to when you are ready to graduate.

Environmental Science by Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum
32 Credits
CHE*121 General Chemistry I4
CSC*101 Introduction to Computers (or higher)3
ENG*101 Composition3
ENG*202 Technical Writing orn COM*173 Public Speaking3
MAT*173 College Algebra with Technology4
Fine Arts Elective3
Liberal Arts Electives (3)9
Social Science Elective3
Program Requirements
28 Credits
Directed Science Electives (2)tnMeet with advisor to select among:nBIO*121 General Biology I, BIO*122 General Biology IInCHE*122 General Chemistry II, CHE*250 Instrumental AnalysisnPHY*121 General Physics I, PHY*122 General Physics IIn8
Directed Math ElectivetnMost bacheloru2019s degree programs in science require Calculus; completion of at least MAT*186 Precalculus is recommended prior to transfer. MAT*168 Elementary Statistics and Probability is recommended for transfer to programs that do not require Calculus4
BIO*173 Introduction to Ecology4
EVS*100 Intro to Environmental Science3
EVS*111 Environmental Science Laboratory1
EVS*135 Exploring Environmental Careers1
Science or Engineering ElectivenENV*292 Environmental Internship is recommended for students who would benefit from further career exploration or work experience in the environmental field.nEGR*111 Introduction to Engineering is recommended for students interested in Environmental Engineering.3
GLG*120 Dynamic Earth4