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Environmental Science A.S. Degree (360)

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This program of study meets all the General Education Requirements at Chesapeake College.

Award: Associate of Science Degree

Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Environmental Science Degree prepares students to transfer into an environmental science program at a four-year institution. This degree is offered through the Chesapeake Area Consortium of Higher Education (CACHE) Institute for Environmental Careers, which consists of four Chesapeake Bay area community colleges - Anne Arundel Community College, Chesapeake College, College of Southern Maryland, and Wor-Wic Community College. Throughout the completion of this degree are opportunities to earn letters of recognition and certificates in environmental-related areas.

Program Description: The Environmental Sciences Degree program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a baccalaureate degree in one of the myriad pathways in environmental careers, such as policy, management, science, or engineering. The program provides a balance of general education plus the basic knowledge and skills for entry-level understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of environmental challenges and viable solutions. Through curricular course requirements and choices, students build foundations in biology, chemistry, geography/geology, physics and technology advances, as well as become familiar with relevant economic, social and political science issues related to environmental challenges, green practices, and jobs. Learning takes place in the classroom, the laboratory, the field, the library/academic support centers, and on the computer. Students should become familiar with the requirements of the intended transfer institution and consult with a faculty advisor in making specific course selections.

Program Goals: The Environmental Science Degree program will:

  • Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
  • Provide a broad education in the environmental sciences that challenges students to acquire appropriate competencies in content knowledge and application skills.
  • Prepare students for entry into the workforce or for further study in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze important issues, developments, and theories relating to biological, natural and geo-science concepts.
  • Apply the fundamental principles of environmental science for effective and appropriate communication.
  • Demonstrate scientific literacy by explaining the process of scientific reasoning and applying scientific principles in both laboratory and field settings.
  • Apply critical and analytical thinking skills using pertinent information to draw logical conclusions.
  • Develop potential solutions to important real life issues of biological, natural and geo-science environmental problems.

Contact Person: Nicole Barth

Program Requirements

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Spring Semester I

Fall Semester II

Spring Semester II

Minimum Required Credits: 60


  • Students anticipating transfer into a baccalaureate program in natural sciences or engineering-based programs are encouraged to take MAT 115+ , MAT 140+  or MAT 141+ . Students should check the math requirements of the transfer institution before selecting a course.
  • Higher-level computer science courses may be selected. Consult with a faculty advisor and the transfer institution before selecting a course.

♦ Must be taken within the first 12 hours unless exempted by meeting established standards.

Arts/Humanities (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):

Social/Behavioral Science (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by two of the following courses with different prefixes:


+ See course description for details.

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