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2018-2019

Associate in Science

Environmental Sustainability

This degree is for those students who seek a general understanding of environmental sustainability issues and who plan to transfer to a four-year institution. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to the concepts and methods employed in the study of ecology and geology, environmental biology and chemistry, environmental ethics and economics, earth-systems management and additional disciplines relevant to the sustainable use of environmental resources. 

Graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of sustainability.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of key environmental issues at the local, national and global scale.
  • Recognize that knowledge of history, geography, economics, and ethics all play an important role in sustainability.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply scientific methods to gather and use information for the purposes of critical thinking, information analysis, and problem solving in the area of environmental sustainability.
  • Analyze experimental data in the environmental sustainability disciplines.
  • Perform scientific investigations utilizing laboratory equipment and instruments in a safe and effective manner.
  • Write laboratory reports utilizing scientific terminology.

Note:

A. MA 108 is a prerequisite for MA 109 or test placement.

B. A minimum grade grade of “C” is required in all Math & Science courses.

C.  It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses 


General Education(30 - 31 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics (7 - 8 credits)
Choose two (2) of the following courses  (7 - 8 credits)
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3
MA 109 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4
MA 120 Calculus I 4
MA 121 Calculus II 4
MA 201 Calculus III 4
MA 202 Differential Equations 4
Science (8 credits)
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4
Social Science (6 credits)
Choose two (2) courses from the following categories  (6 credits)
Category 5 - Social Science 3
Humanities (3 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Category 6 - Humanities 3

Major(32 - 33 credits)

Code Name Credits
BS 204 Introduction to Ecology 4
SC 104 Introduction to Environmental Science 4
SC 111 Introduction to Sustainability 3
SC 206 Environmental Ethics 3
SC 290 Select Topics in Science 3
Choose one (1) of the following sequences
BS 101 Biology I 4AND
BS 102 Biology II 4
OR
PY 101 College Physics I 4AND
PY 102 College Physics II 4
OR
PY 120 Physics I 4AND
PY 121 Physics II 4
OR
CH 211 Organic Chemistry I 4AND
CH 212 Organic Chemistry II 4
Choose seven to eight (7-8) credits from the following
EC 101 Economics I 3
SC 105 Astronomy 4
SC 106 The Physics of Green Energy 4
SC 202 Introduction to Geology 4

Total Credits 62 - 64


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CH 111 General Chemistry I 4.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3.0
SC 104 Introduction to Environmental Science 4.0
SC 111 Introduction to Sustainability 3.0
Total 17.0
Second Semester Credits
CH 112 General Chemistry II 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
MA 109 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4.0
Science Elective 4.0
Total 15.0
Third Semester Credits
BS 101 Biology I 4.0
SC 206 Environmental Ethics 3.0
Humanities Course 3.0
Science Elective 3.0 - 4.0
Social Science Course 3.0
Total 16.0 - 17.0
Fourth Semester Credits
BS 102 Biology II 4.0
BS 204 Introduction to Ecology 4.0
SC 290 Select Topics in Science 3.0
Social Science Course 3.0
Total 14.0