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Environmental Science

Photo for Environmental ScienceStudy the relationship of humans and our natural world.

Environmental science is the study of the impact of human systems on physical and biological systems, and the dependence on natural resources by humans. It involves the study of the interaction and co-evolution of human, physical, and biological systems.

Contact Kristen Harrison and Ralph Hitz, Faculty Advisors in Environmental Science, for more information contact Kristen.

Careers in Environmental Science
Environmental Analyst
Environmental Impact Report Writer
Community Development Specialist
Urban Planner
Mass Media (Journalism, Radio, Television)
Environmental Advocate
Public Relations
Public Policy Administrator
Environmental Law
Environmental Health
Environmental Economics
Environmental Toxicology
Eco-friendly Business

Program Description

TCC offers courses that cover the first 2 years of a typical 4-year environmental studies program, as well as courses to develop skills needed for college-level courses.

Degree Options: Associate of Science degree with a Specialization in Environmental Sciences (PDF)

Program Planning

Preparation: While in high school, students should pursue all the available courses in mathematics, chemistry, biology, and physics.

Recommended Class Schedule: We suggest the following schedule of classes for students who wish to earn the Associate of Sciences degree (college transfer).

First Year

CHEM& 161
MATH& 151
Elective (Sugg. ENVS& 101)
CHEM& 162
MATH& 152
ENGL& 101
CHEM& 163
GEOL& 101
BIOL& 221

Second Year

BIOL& 222
PHYS 114
BIOL& 223
Social Science
MATH& 146 or BUS 256
Elective (Sugg. GEOG/ENVS 210)
  • Some students may need to take additional prerequisite courses.
  • The humanities and social science courses must be chosen from courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • At least one course must be chosen from the list of approved multicultural courses on the Approved Distribution Course List.
  • This specialization requires the student to choose 15 elective credits. The following choices are strongly recommended: GEOG/ENVS 210, ENVS& 101, GEOL 179, OCEA 179 or ENVS 179.
  • PE activity courses cannot be used as elective courses.
  • A maximum of 5 credits of electives can be from courses that do not appear on the basic requirements list of the Associate in Arts and Sciences Degree Option A or on the Approved Distribution Course List. Such courses must be approved by an environmental science advisor.

Approved Distribution Course List
Catalog Course Descriptions

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