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8/24/2021 4:34:37 PM

Environmental Science, Associate in Science

Curriculum SCI.ENV.AS (U230A29)

(Total Program Credits: 60)

The Environmental Science program includes a broad science-based curriculum for students planning to pursue a baccalaureate degree at a transfer college or university. Provides students with a strong foundation in mathematics and the sciences, including biology, chemistry, and geology. Environmental science majors may find a wide range of career opportunities available in environmental testing laboratories, state and federal government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Geological Survey, Departments of Natural Resources, the National Park Service, soil and water conservation services, as well as private or non-profit organizations.

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science Degree (Environmental Science) emphasis, the graduate will be able to:

  • explain the physical, chemical, and biological components of the earth’s systems and how they function;
  • demonstrate proficiency with common research methods and tools to evaluate environmental issues;
  • evaluate primary scientific literature to recognize quality research;
  • develop an informed opinion about interactions between society and the environment using ethical, political, and historical perspectives; and
  • present an independently designed research project that is consistent with the standards and practices in environmental science.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures MAT, RHT, and COL sequence placement will be determined by an Academic Advisor. Contact your Academic Advisor before registering for courses.
Developmental education courses do not transfer. They assist students in the path towards college credit.

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 150Principles of Biology I #

4 credits

CHM 140General Chemistry I #

5 credits

RHT 101Freshman Rhetoric & Composition I #

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

CHM 140: will require High School Chemistry, equivalent placement, or CHM 110◊.

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
GOL 103Environmental Geology: Aspects of Global Hazards and Change

3 credits

MAT 170Elementary Statistics #

4 credits

RHT 102Freshman Rhetoric & Composition II #

3 credits

General education/Humanities

3 credits

General education/Social and Behavioral Science

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:16

Note: Grade of “C” or higher is an IAI requirement for RHT 101 and RHT 102.

Semester Three: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
MAT 131Calculus & Analytic Geometry I #

5 credits

SPE 101Principles of Effective Speaking #

3 credits

General education/Fine Arts

3 credits

Program electives

4-5 credits

Total Credit Hours:15-16

Semester Four: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
Program electives

16 credits

Total Credit Hours:16-17

GECC Note: Take one additional Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional Social and Behavioral Science course, to be eligible for the General Education Core Curriculum (GECC) Credential.

Program electives (20-22):

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIS 105Environmental Biology

4 credits

BIS 151Principles of Biology II #

4 credits

BIS 222Principles of Microbiology #

4 credits

CHM 141General Chemistry II #

5 credits

GOL 101Physical Geology

4 credits

(Select courses that meet the BS requirements of your transfer college.)

Graduation Requirements

General Education requirements:

AS degree                                                                         Subtotal: 37-41

Environmental Science courses or other
electives toward the AS degree                        Subtotal: 19-23

General Education requirements by discipline:

  • Communications: Three courses (nine semester hours).
  • Humanities and Fine Arts: Two courses (six semester hours), with at least one course selected from Humanities and at least one course from the Fine Arts;
  • Social and Behavioral Science: two courses (six semester credits), with courses selected from at least two disciplines.

    Graduation from an Illinois college or university requires satisfactory completion of one or more courses incorporating Human Diversity, which may be taken as a Humanities and Fine Arts or Social and Behavioral Science course.

  • Mathematics: Two courses (six to nine semester hours).
  • Physical and Life Science: Three courses (10-11 semester hours), with at least one course selected from the Life Sciences and one course from the Physical Sciences and including at least one laboratory course.

Foreign Language encouraged if transferring to a four-year institution.

See BIS course descriptions.

Chairperson: Gabriel Guzman, Ext. 3312; email: gabrielguzman@triton.edu