Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical, biological and information sciences (including ecology, biology, physics, chemistry, plant science, oceanography, geology, and meteorology) to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental science provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. Environmental studies and sustainability incorporate more of the social sciences for understanding human relationships, perceptions and policies towards the environment.
Environmental scientists work on subjects like the understanding of earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, and the effects of global climate change. Environmental issues almost always include an interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Environmental scientists bring a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems. Key elements of an effective environmental scientist include the ability to relate space, and time relationships as well as quantitative analysis.
This degree is for students who plan to transfer to a 4-year institution with a major in environmental science, ecology, geology, natural resource management, or marine sciences.
Graduates of this program will be able to:
- Apply knowledge from the sciences and math to environmental problems and solutions.
- Use the skills and modern environmental science science techniques and tools necessary for a successful career in the field.
- Design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
- Function effectively on multidisciplinary teams.
- Communicate technical information effectively orally, in writing, and through electronic media.
- Discuss contemporary environmental science issues and the impact of environmental science in a global and social context.
- Apply professional ethical responsibilities.
- Engage in lifelong learning and to participate in professional organizations.