You love the outdoors. You’re concerned about the environment. You envision yourself in a career where you conduct investigations, solve problems, and make the world a better place everyday.
Get started at Middlesex Community College with an Associate Degree in Environmental Science. Our program will set you on the path to a fulfilling career in a very popular field that offers promising compensation and certain growth in the future. We’ll give you the knowledge and tools you need to make decisions about your career and qualify for entry level environmental jobs. The Associate Degree in Environmental Science allows you to explore your options and choose a focus within Environmental Science – biology, geoscience, or engineering – to better fit your interests and prepare you transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program.
Environmental Science Degree
Environmental science careers offer students a rich choice of well-paying employment options, but most students don’t know exactly what kind of work they want to do. Among the unique strengths of our program is students’ early exposure to the diverse job possibilities through our Exploring Environmental Careers course in which weekly guest speakers talk to students about their work and the education and skills needed.
In this program, students will take science, math, computer, communications and other courses to prepare them for transfer into a Bachelor’s degree program, the minimum degree required for many environmental jobs . Some students may opt to pursue employment in a technical position after earning the Associate’s degree at Middlesex, but will likely need to continue their education in the future for career growth.
Jobs You Can Get With An Environmental Science Degree:
Job opportunities in the environmental sciences cover a wide range. A few possibilities include environmental consulting, wildlife biologist, forestry, natural resource management, environmental engineer, environmental health & safety, ecologist, environmental educator, planner, and pollution control and cleanup. Students may choose to complete an optional internship to further explore these career options.Through these internships you have the chance to gain practical experience that gives you a real employment edge.
Job Availability & Growth:
Overall, employment opportunities in the field are growing. Like most other occupations, there are periods of ups and downs as employment is closely related to the business climate.
For detailed salary information, visit: www.bls.gov
How Long Will You Have To Go To School?
This is degree program takes most full-time students about two years to complete. Individual progress, course load and need for additional course work may affect the time it takes to complete the program.
Further education in a bachelor’s degree program after graduation from MxCC is encouraged as it would allow for more opportunities within the field.