Environmental Science and Policy Area of Concentration Degree

Associate of Science
Environmental Science and Policy

It is more important than ever to develop policy that protects the environment and the human societies who depend on healthy ecosystems. Climate change, water pollution, waste disposal, habitat loss, and many other problems harm the environment - talented people can help society make choices that protect environmental resources. The Environmental Science and Policy major prepares students to use scientific principles to create societal change that improves environmental function.

This major has flexibility for students to purse different avenues of this field, such as biology, chemistry, politics, economics, and geospatial science. An advisor can direct students to electives that best match the specific fields and four-year programs that interest each student.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program a student will be able to:

  • Make observations, collect data, and analyze data.
  • Apply basic biological and chemical principles to explain experimental results.
  • Describe connections between the environment and human societies, including how humans affect the environment and how the environment in turn affects human welfare.


Program Advising Guide

Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. The program advising guide outlines the degree requirements and is meant to supplement the advising process.

Transfer Opportunities

MC has a long history of successfully preparing students for transfer to four-year institutions.  You can review these specific transfer programs in environmental science: Georgetown University and Shepherd University.  Or you can see all transfer agreements.

Careers

Career fields for environmental science and policy majors include occupations like soil and water conservationist, compliance manager, environmental science teacher, forestry and conservation science teacher, forester, water resource specialist, environmental economist, forest and conservation technician, forest fire inspector and prevention specialist, fish and game warden, range manager, regulatory affairs specialist, park naturalist, environmental compliance inspector, sustainability specialist, and industrial ecologist. Some require a bachelor’s degree. 

Curriculum

Suggested Course Sequence: Environmental Science and Policy

A suggested course sequence for Environmental Science and Policy majors follows.

A suggested course sequence for Environmental Science and Policy majors follows.

All students should review the advising guide and consult an advisor. Most courses have either assessment levels that must be met or prerequisites (courses that must be taken first). Part-time students and those who need to meet assessment levels or take prerequisite courses will take longer to complete a degree. An advisor will help make sure you are taking your courses in the right order.

All degree-seeking students must take a central group of General Education courses in English, mathematics, arts, behavioral and social sciences, humanities, and science. These courses are included in the suggested course sequence below.


Suggested Course Sequence


A suggested course sequence for full-time students follows. All students should review the Program Advising Guide and consult an advisor.

First Semester


Second Semester


  • BIOL 150 - Principles of Biology I  4 semester hours  (NSLD)          
  • Program elective 3 semester hours † †
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)
  • Behavioral and social sciences 3 semester (BSSD) **
  • Humanitites distribution 3 semester hours (HUMD)

Third Semester


  • Program elective 4 semester hours † †
  • Program elective 4 semester hours † †
  • Program elective 4 semester hours † †
  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours(BSSD) **
  • BIOL 151 - Principles of Biology II  4 semester hours
  • Program elective 4 semester hours † †

  • Program elective 4 semester hours † †

  • Behavioral and social sciences distribution 3 semester hours (BSSD) **

Fourth Semester


  • COMM 112 - Business and Professional Speech Communication  3 semester hours  (GEEL)      
  • Program elective 3 semester hours
  • Program elective 3 semester hours
  • Program elective 3 semester hours
  • Program elective 3 semester hours
  • English foundation 3 semester hours (ENGF)

* ENGL 101/ENGL 101A,if needed for ENGL 102/ENGL 103, or a program elective or elective.

** The two BSSD courses must come from two different disciplines. Select from any BSSD on the College's general education list and/or BSSD courses noted in the following program electives: ECON, GEOG and POLI, depending on transfer institution.

† Choose a MATH course based on requirement of transfer institution(s).

† †Program Elective courses include: BSAD 210 or MATH 117, BIOL 105, BIOL 106, BIOL 150 , BIOL 151, BIOL 210, BIOL 217, BIOL 220 or BIOL 222, BIOL 230, CHEM 132, CHEM 150, CHEM 203, CHEM 204, ECON 201, ECON 202, GEOG 101, GEOG 105, GEOG 124, GEOG 235, GEOG 240, GEOG 250, GEOG 260, GEOG 270, GEOL 101, MATH 151, MATH 181, MATH 182, PHYS 161, PHYS 262 or PHYS 203, PHYS 204, POLI 101, POLI 203, POLI 211, POLI 242.

Please note: A minimum of 12 course credits numbered at the 200-level must be completed to receive a degree.

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General Studies and Related Degrees

Find out more about the General Studies AA: Studies in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Area of Concentration (STEM Core) or  General Studies AA: Integrated Studies Area of Concentration (INTG Core). General Studies allow for an interdisciplinary exploration of related disciplines.  Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

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