Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem-solving at the local, regional, and international levels. Students completing this program can transfer to bachelor programs in four broad areas: land resources, nature studies, resource and policy management, and urban service.
- Conduct an experiment; analyze, interpret, and present results either individually or in a team setting.
- Describe the process of ecological succession.
- Recognize the components of an ecosystem and explain the relationships among them.
- Evaluate the process of biological evolution.
- Explain bio-geochemical cycles.
- Describe the major geologic processes that affect the Earth.
- Describe the scope of geologic time-scales.
- Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software to design clear and effective digital maps.
- Analyze experimental data using critical thinking skills.
- Show proficiency in the use of basic laboratory equipment and basic knowledge of safe lab procedures.
- Analyze climatic data and interpret it to describe the climate of an area.
- Interpret topographic maps.
- Write formal reports using a standard format.
- Prepare a spreadsheet that incorporates basic formulas and a variety of formatting.
- Analyze free market capitalism and outline its characteristics.
- Demonstrate how supply and demand determine prices in a market.
- Examine how public policy is developed and implemented.
All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.
Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.
The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for this specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:
Civil Society and Culture: Complete the following:
Communication: Complete the following:
Computer Technology: Complete the following:
Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:
Complete at least nine credit hours from the following:
NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24
Humanities: Complete 6 credit hours from courses in:
- Art (ART), English (except ENG 131, 132, 135), Foreign Language - Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN), Humanities (HUM), Interior Design (INTR), Journalism (JOUR), Music (MUS), Philosophy (PHIL), Telecommunication (TCM), Speech (SPC), Theatre (THEA), or World Religion (WR).
Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Core Courses in this program.
Social Science: This category is satisfied within the General Education Civil Society and Culture area.
NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 6
Required Core Courses
Students should consult the Environmental Studies advisor for a Recommended Course Sequence for your intended area of study.
Required Support Courses
Requirements are Subject to Change
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Some occupations of bachelor-level environmental studies majors are:
- National park naturalist
- Resource policy planner
- Air quality analyst
- Regional land use planner
- Public health officer
- Public interest group director