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Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The Associate in Science (A.S.) degree in Environmental Science at Erie Community College's North Campus is achieved through an interdisciplinary program designed to provide students with the knowledge and technical experience needed to transfer to a four-year degree program in Environmental Science, Environmental Biology or Environmental Studies. Through laboratory-oriented, multi-disciplinary coursework, students will gain a broad and integrated knowledge base of the basic sciences as well as knowledge of issues focusing on environmental integrity, sustainable resources and ecological problems. With coursework in biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics and environmental science, students will acquire a solid background in ecosystems, biodiversity and conservation. The Environmental Science Program at SUNY Erie complements other SUNY offerings, providing students with a strong foundation for transfer to four-year educational institutions.

Admissions Requirements

A high school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency) is a basic requirement. It is necessary that the student have a background in elementary algebra. The student should have taken college preparatory courses in high school in mathematics (algebra and trigonometry) and chemistry. All students seeking matriculation are required to take the mandatory placement test and achieve a test score in English which qualifies them to take EN 110 College Composition and to take MT 125 College Mathematics. Students who have taken the New York State Regents English III with a score of 85 or higher are considered to be prepared for EN 110.

Service learning courses in the Environmental Science curriculum will provide a practical experience for students to learn while contributing to their communities. Students will participate in organized curricular projects that address community needs while enhancing their academic knowledge and skills and fostering civic responsibility. Targeted SUNY Erie's Environmental Science courses will provide students with the opportunity to:

  • use the knowledge and technical skills from one or more Environmental Science courses to identify and address community problems;
  • collaborate with peers and community members to establish and achieve goals; and
  • develop skills and professional attitudes beneficial for the workplace and for participating in civic affairs.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science, the graduate will be able to:

  • identify technologies relevant to environmental problems and determine their efficiency and impact;
  • demonstrate and solve environmental problems while focusing on environmental integrity, sustainable resources, ecological aspects and non-technical human aspects of these problems;
  • conduct experiments and write lab reports in a clear and concise manner using proper communication skills; and
  • utilize developed mathematical methods and apply physical concepts to environmental problem solving.

Admission/Academic Advisement

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your adviser for details.

Articulation Agreements/Transfer Agreements

Transferability

Erie Community College provides university parallel degree programs for students aspiring to baccalaureate degrees and related professions. Graduates of Environmental Science will be well-positioned to transfer to other educational institutions offering degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology and the Natural Sciences. Currently, these include: B.S. or B.A. in Environmental Studies at the University of Buffalo; and a B.S. degree in Environmental Science or B.S. in Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. Additional articulation agreements are in process of development with other public and private colleges for transfer.

Curriculum

Total Degree Credits: 61.0

First Year, Fall Semester
PH 120 - Environmental Science Credit Hours: 3
PH 121 - Lab for Environmental Science Credit Hours: 1
GL 160 - Physical Geology Credit Hours: 3
GL 161 - Lab for GL 160 Credit Hours: 1
GL 170 - Field Ecology Credit Hours: 3
CH 116 - Chemistry and the Environment Credit Hours: 3 
CH 117 - Lab for Ch 116 Credit Hours: 1
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3

First Year, Spring Semester
PH 122 - Environmental Science II Credit Hours: 3
PH 123 - Lab for Environmental Science II Credit Hours: 1
BI 110 - Biology I Credit Hours: 3
BI 115 - Laboratory for BI 110 Credit Hours: 1 
CH 180 - University Chemistry I Credit Hours: 3
CH 181 - Lab for CH 180 Credit Hours: 1 
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Fall Semester
PH 130 - Alternative Energy Credit Hours: 3
BI 112 - Biology II Credit Hours: 3
BI 117 - Laboratory for BI 112 Credit Hours: 1 
CH 182 - University Chemistry II Credit Hours: 3
CH 183 - Lab for CH 182 Credit Hours: 1 
SUNY General Education Elective (Choose one from American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations or Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
PH 270 - College Physics I Credit Hours: 3
PH 271 - Lab for PH 270 Credit Hours: 1
MT 143 - Introductory Statistics I Credit Hours: 4
GP 150 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Credit Hours: 4 
SUNY General Education Elective (Choose one from American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations or Foreign Language) Credit Hours: 3

Note:

  • SUNY General Education Requirements and Course Listings
  • One three credit hour course must be selected from one of the following SUNY General Education categories: American History, Other World Civilizations, Western Civilization or Foreign Language.
  • Field Trips may be required or may be optional for PH 120, PH 121, PH 122, PH 123, GL 130, GL 160, GL 161 GL 170, GL 180 and GL 270.
  • Off-site courses PH 120 Environmental Science offered at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper must be taken concurrently with PH 121 Laboratory for PH 120 offered at Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper.

Available At:

North Campus

Recommended H.S. Courses and/or Experiences:

Algebra and Trigonometry
Chemistry

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Transfer into degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology and the Natural Sciences

Hegis Code:

5619

Curriculum Code:

2061.ENS

Division:

Liberal Arts
Environmental Science

Need Help?

Environmental Science

John Danna
North Campus
Room K151A
6205 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221
P: (716) 851-1371