Environmental Science

Award: Associate of Science
Degree Code: ASES
Number of Credits: 65-68

Program Description

This program option offers a selection of biology, physical sciences and other related courses for students wishing to pursue a program of study in environmental science. This basic transfer program comprises the first two years of a baccalaureate degree in environmental science. This option will serve students entering the fields of: environmental earth sciences, environmental law, environmental chemistry, environmental policy, environmental engineering, environmental assessment, public affairs, waste management, environmental economics, environmental health, marine science, applied ecology, biodiversity, and conservation.

Transfer Information

Cecil College has articulation agreements with Maryland and regional institutions. Click on "Transfer Opportunities" in MyCecil under the Advising Tab for a list of transfer pathways. In addition, transfer information is available through ARTSYS (The Articulation System of Maryland). Contact your advisor for detailed information.

Required Courses

General Education and Program Requirements
Number Title Credits
ACT Activity Electives 2
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Electives [H] 3
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
Principles of Biology I [S]
Principles of Biology I Lab
3
1
BIO 132 and
BIO 133
Principles of Biology II [S]
Principles of Biology II Lab
3
1
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I [S]
General Chemistry I Lab
3
1
CHM 104 and
CHM 114
General Chemistry II [S]
General Chemistry II Lab
3
1
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts [I] 3
ECO 221 or
ECO 222
Economics - Micro [SS]
Economics - Macro [SS]
3
EGL 101 Freshman Composition [E] 3
EGL 102 Composition and Literature [H] 3
ENV 106 and
ENV 116
Introduction to Environmental Science [S]
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
3
1
GEO 101 Physical Geography [SS] 3
MAT Math Elective [M] (Select from MAT 121, 127128201 or 202) 8
MAT or
SCI
Math Electives
Science Electives 1
6-8
PHY 181 or
PHY 207
Introductory College Physics I with Lab [SL]
General Physics I with Lab [SL]
4-5
PSC 120 Physical Geology [SL] 4
SPH 141 Public Speaking [H] 3

Recommended Sequence

The following is a recommended sequence of courses for completing this program as a full-time student. Developmental and prerequisite course requirements, credit load, and/or course availability may affect a student’s individual progress. Students should consult their degree audit at MyCecil or an academic advisor for individual degree planning.

Fall I (18 credits)
ENV 106 and
ENV 116
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
EGL 101 Freshman Composition
BIO 130 and
BIO 131
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology I Lab
MAT Math Elective (Select from MAT121, 127, 128, 201 or 202)
CIS 101 Introduction to Computer Concepts
Spring I (17 credits)
EGL 102 Composition and Literature
MAT Math Elective (Select from MAT121, 127, 128, 201 or 202)
BIO 132 and
BIO 133
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Biology II Lab
GEO 101 Physical Geography
SPH 141 Public Speaking
Fall II (16-18 credits)
PHY 181 or
PHY 207
Introductory College Physics I with Lab
General Physics I with Lab
PSC 120 Physical Geology
ACT Activity Elective(s)
ARTS/HUM Arts and Humanities Elective
CHM 103 and
CHM 113
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry I Lab
Spring II (14-17 credits)
ACT Activity Elective(s)
MAT or
SCI
Math Electives
Science Electives
CHM 104 and
CHM 114
General Chemistry II
General Chemistry II Lab
ECO 221 or
ECO 222
Economics - Micro
Economics - Macro

Program Outcomes

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

  • Apply principles and theories of Biology and Chemistry
  • Collect, describe, and analyze data
  • Communicate scientific information in a written and/or verbal format
  • Utilize critical thinking whole problem solving
  • Describe and utilize the techniques involved in conducting research
  • Use basic laboratory instrumentation
  • Demonstrate a general understanding of the breadth and interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues
  • Understand the natural environment and its relationships with human activities
  • Characterize and analyze human impacts on the environment
  • Integrate facts, concepts, and methods from multiple disciplines and apply to environmental problems
  • Acquire practical skills for scientific problem-solving, including familiarity with laboratory and field instrumentation, computer applications, statistical, and modeling techniques
  • Understand and implement scientific research strategies, including collection, management, evaluation, and interpretation of environmental data

Career Opportunities

Field consultants, biologist, educator, research technician, communication outreach with government agencies, universities and non-profit organizations.

 

1 Must be a 200 level course(s).