Environmental Studies AS

Montgomery County Community College’s Environmental Studies AS degree program encourages students to develop a broad, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues while preparing them for future study at a four-year college or university. By integrating natural and social sciences, students explore the effects of human activities on the natural world. They learn to identify environmental problems, analyze causes and develop solutions to promote preservation, sustainability and stewardship of the natural world.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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

  • use established scientific standards and methods to install, calibrate, and manipulate basic laboratory and field equipment.
  • use established scientific standards and methods to collect, analyze, and interpret environmental data.
  • use established scientific standards and methods to hypothesize, communicate, and critique environmental forecasts.
  • analyze the sustainability of systems within an ecosystem.

CURRICULUM

FIRST SEMESTER

BIO 115 Environmental Biology 3
BIO 121 or 151* General Biology I or Principles of Biology I 4
CHE 121 or 151* General Chemistry I or Principles of Chemistry I 4
ENG 101
(14 Credit Hours)
English Composition I 3

SECOND SEMESTER

BIO 122 or 152* General Biology II or Principles of Biology II 4
CHE 122 or 152* General Chemistry II or Principles of Chemistry II 4
ECO 117 or GEO 130 Environmental Economics or Cultural Geography 3
Elective**
(14-15 Credit Hours)
Open Elective 3-4

THIRD SEMESTER

BIO 256 Ecology 4
GLG 115 Environmental Geology 4
MAT 162 or 170*** Pre-Calculus II or Algebra & Trigonometry 4
Elective Core Goal 6: Intellectual Heritage &
Core Goal 7: Aesthetic Sensibility
3
SPC 110 or 111
(17 Credit Hours)
Speech Communication 3

FOURTH SEMESTER

GEO 235 or GLG 125 Sustainable Communities or Climate Change 3-4
GEO 210 or GEO 220 Intro to GIS or Map Design in GIS 3
MAT 131 Introduction to Statistics 3
ESW 245 Safety and First Aid 3
Elective 
(18 Credit Hours)
Open Elective 3

TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS: 61-63

* Students planning on transferring to an Environmental Science program should take BIO 151 & 152 and CHE 151 & 152.  Speak with a Program Faculty Adviser.
** Students planning on transferring to an Environmental Science program should consider GLG 151.  Speak with a Program Faculty Adviser.
*** MAT 161 & 162 are equivalent to MAT 170, but require additional time and credits.  

Date Revised: 6/30/15

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