Environmental Studies Associate in Science (Associate in Science, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Science

Program Description

Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem-solving at the local, regional, and international levels. Students completing this program can transfer to bachelor programs in four broad areas: land resources, nature studies, resource and policy management, and urban service.
Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in designing an experiment in the lab settings and in the field and conducting experiment, collecting data, analyzing, interpreting and presenting results individually and in a team setting.
  2. Recognize different ecosystems, the components of ecosystems and explain the relationships among them.
  3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of Earth’s weather and climate and the forces that influence them.
  4. Explain geological processes that affect the earth.
  5. Show proficiency in the use of basic laboratory and field equipment and basic knowledge of safe lab procedures.
  6. Write formal reports using a standard format.
  7. Interpret topographic maps.
  8. Demonstrate basic knowledge on unsustainable use of resources by humans and subsequent harmful impacts on environment especially environmental pollution.
Career Opportunities

Some occupations of bachelor-level environmental studies majors are:

  • Teacher
  • National park naturalist
  • Resource policy planner
  • Air quality analyst
  • Regional land use planner
  • Public health officer
  • Public interest group director

General Education

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours

See General Education Requirements for details.

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements

Students should consult the Environmental Studies advisor for a Recommended Course Sequence for your intended area of study.

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2018 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.