Environmental Science

Transfer Major

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Department
Founders 112 • Phone (215) 968-8305
Curriculum Code No. 1188

Decisions on the transferability of courses are made by the four-year colleges and differ from school to school. Students enrolled in this major should contact the Transfer Services Office early in their academic program to determine which courses will transfer to the college of their choice.

The Environmental Science major provides an understanding of a wide range of environmental and ecological concepts. This major is for students planning to earn a baccalaureate degree in the broad range of environmental sciences or seeking employment as a technician in areas such as ecology and environmental sampling, environmental health and sanitation, and pollution control.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • sample and analyze the biological, chemical, and physical components of ecosystems;
  • utilize geographic information systems (GIS) software to generate project maps and address a wide range of environmental issues;
  • participate in habitat restoration and resource management projects; and
  • describe how geologic processes can impact the earth system.

Prospective students with academic deficiencies should be aware that they will need additional time to acquire the necessary academic background. Prerequisites and corequisites for required courses must be followed.

Degree Requirements

BIOL121 Biological Principles IC 4
BIOL122 Biological Principles II C 4
BIOL220 Principles of Ecology C 4
BIOL228 Microbiology C 4
CHEM121 Chemistry I A,C,3 4
CHEM122 Chemistry II C 4
SCIE103 Physical Geology A,C,3 4
SCIE105 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
SCIE206 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems C 3
MATH115 Elementary Statistics A,C,3 3
Mathematics Elective A,C,D,3 3-4
CISC110 Introduction to Information Systems A,C 3
COMP110 English Composition I A,C,1 3
COMP111 English Composition II C,2 3
COMM110 Effective Speaking C,5 3
ECON111 Principles of Economics: Macro 6 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge C,4 3
Personal Health B 2
Cultural Perspectives B 3
64-65

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete major requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

SCIE103 Physical Geology A,C,3 4
SCIE105 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
COMP110 English Composition I A,C,1 3
Mathematics Elective A,C,D,3 3-4
Personal Health B 2
16-17

Second Semester

CHEM121 Chemistry I A,C,3 4
MATH115 Elementary Statistics A,C,3 3
COMP111 English Composition II C,2 3
CISC110 Introduction to Information Systems A,C 3
Cultural Perspectives B 3
16

Third Semester

BIOL121 Biological Principles I C 4
CHEM122 Chemistry II C 4
COMM110 Effective Speaking C,5 3
ECON111 Principles of Economics: Macro 6 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge C,4 3
17

Fourth Semester

BIOL122 Biological Principles II C 4
BIOL220 Principles of Ecology C 4
BIOL228 Microbiology C 4
SCIE206 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems C 3
15
Total 64-65

A Placement testing required
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Course requires prerequisite.
D Choose from MATH120, MATH122, MATH125, MATH140.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies College Level Mathematics or Science
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive Requirement
5 Satisfies Creative Expression
6 Satisfies Social Perspectives