Associate in Science
About the Program
The Environmental Science program is a science and math based, multidisciplinary program focusing on the interaction of humans and the natural environment. The core requirements and elective courses for the Environmental Science major will prepare students to contribute, both personally and professionally, to the goal of creating a sustainable future.
About the Degree
The Associate of Science in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary program which provides the scientific foundation for upper division coursework and career positions in environmental Science. Classes feature a broad background of preparation in math and science in such associated disciplines as mathematics, geology, physics, chemistry, biology, as well as economics.
Career opportunities, with further study, students may pursue careers in environmental science include: agriculture and natural resource engineers, animal and plant scientists, geoscientists, marine scientists, environmental compliance inspectors, environmental health specialists, environmental technicians, wildlife managers, forestry management specialists, horticulturalists, waste management specialists, and urban planners. In addition to the career options listed above, graduates in environmental science will also find work in business and industry areas not traditionally associated with the environment as sustainability becomes a necessary component of public and private sectors of the economy.
- Upon completion of the AS in Environmental Science, students are able to analyze natural phenomena using appropriate mathematical and computational tools employed in the physical and biological sciences.
- Upon completion of the AS in Environmental Science, students are able to analyze natural phenomena using fundamental scientific principles in the physical and biological sciences.
- Upon completion of the AS in Environmental Science, students are able to conduct a literature search, identify and evaluate legitimate sources, and clearly communicate the results.
- Upon completion of the AS in Environmental Science, students are able to perform scientific
experiments, mathematically analyze the data, and evaluate the results.
|BIO 1A General Botany||5|
|BIO 1B General Zoology||5|
|CHEM 1A General College Chemistry I||5|
|CHEM 1B General College Chemistry II||5|
|ECON 1 Principles of Microeconomics||3|
|EVST 5 Energy and Sustainability||3|
|GEOL 1 Physical Geology||3|
|GEOL 1L Physical Geology Laboratory||1|
|MATH 1 Calculus I||5|
|PHYS 2A Introduction to Physics I||4|
|PHYS 2B Introduction to Physics II||4|
|BIO 40 Humans and the Environment||3|
ᅀRequired if a student uses the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree
|Total Units in the Major||43|
The Associate Degree is conferred upon those students who complete the required 60 or more semester units of the degree pattern with a grade-point average of 2.0 or better, of which 12 units must be earned at Las Positas College. In addition, students must complete a General Education pattern in order to earn a degree: see the Las Positas College General Education Pattern for Associate of Science (AS) Degree, California State University General Education-Breadth, or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (for CSU) patterns for listing of areas and courses. Double counting courses in GE and the major is permissible. The number of units that may be double counted will depend on the entry point to the degree program, the optional course(s) taken, and the GE pattern selected. Elective units are degree applicable. Consult with an adviser or a counselor to plan the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.
Updated: July 2022