The Associate of Science in Environmental Science is designed to provide students an avenue to a four-year environmental science degree, preparing them for a career in an environmental field. The program emphasizes a broad background in natural sciences and mathematics, ensuring students are properly prepared for further study at an advanced level.
Utilize the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses through experimental design.
Explain and apply basic principles of natural and physical sciences.
Relate principles of biology, chemistry and physics to the environmental systems.
Evaluate the inter-relatedness of human social, ethical and political issues and the natural environment.
Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
Apply, evaluate and synthesize laboratory techniques, field methods, data collection and data analysis.
Environmental studies majors may find employment in a variety of fields depending on their skills and experience. Places of employment for environmental studies majors include city, state, and federal government agencies; environmental advocacy organizations; and businesses (including environmental consulting firms, construction companies, oil companies, and law firms).
Minnesota State Community and Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. More information can be found at