Environmental Science

Associate of Science (AS) - 60 credits

About this program
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.
Program outcomes
  1. Utilize the scientific method to formulate and test hypotheses through experimental design.
  2. Explain and apply basic principles of natural and physical sciences.
  3. Relate principles of biology, chemistry and physics to the environmental systems.
  4. Evaluate the inter-relatedness of human social, ethical and political issues and the natural environment.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  6. Apply, evaluate and synthesize laboratory techniques, field methods, data collection and data analysis.
Employment
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).
Accreditation
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 www.minnesota.edu/accreditation.
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Curriculum overview

Credits Requirement type
46 Required courses
6 Restricted electives in courses
8 Restricted electives in course types
60 Total

Environmental Science - Associate of Science (AS)

Required Courses:

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1107 Environmental Science Issues 3
BIOL1108 Environmental Science Issues Lab 1
BIOL1122 General Biology I 4
BIOL1123 General Biology II 4
CHEM1111 General Inorganic Chemistry I 5
CHEM1112 General Inorganic Chemistry II 5
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
MATH1114 College Algebra 4
MATH1115 Functions/Trigonometry 4
MATH1134 Calculus I 5
MATH1213 Introduction to Statistics 4
PHYS1401 College Physics I 4

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC1113 Social Problems 3

8 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals
Plans

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1st Fall Term - 16 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1122 General Biology I 4
CHEM1111 General Inorganic Chemistry I 5
ENGL1101 College Writing 3
MATH1114 College Algebra 4

1st Spring Term - 16 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1123 General Biology II 4
CHEM1112 General Inorganic Chemistry II 5
MATH1115 Functions/Trigonometry 4

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
ENGL1205 Writing About Literature 3
ENGL1210 Writing About Current Issues 3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing 3

2nd Fall Term - 16 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
BIOL1107 Environmental Science Issues 3
BIOL1108 Environmental Science Issues Lab 1
MATH1134 Calculus I 5
PHYS1401 College Physics I 4

3 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals

2nd Spring Term - 12 credits

Subj. Number Course Credits
MATH1213 Introduction to Statistics 4

3 credits from one or more of these courses:

Subj. Num. Course Credits
SOC1111 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC1113 Social Problems 3

5 credits from these course types:

Course Type
General Education w/MnTC Goals