ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCES DEGREE 2019 - 2020
AREA OF CONCENTRATION IN ARTS & SCIENCES
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Award: Associate of Sciences Degree
No. of credits required: 
60
For more information: Contact Tami Imbierowicz, 443-412-2122, timbierowicz@harford.edu or Andy Adams, 443-412-2283, anadams@harford.edu (August 15 June 15); and stem@harford.edu or Admissions, 443-412-2019, admissions@harford.edu (year-round).

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The A.S. degree in Environmental Science offers students the opportunity to transfer to a senior institution as well as to gain applied skills in order to compete in the job market for technical positions. Environmental scientists engage in work to protect the environment, study the properties of underground and surface waters, locate water and energy resources, predict water-related geologic hazards, and offer environmental site assessments and advice on indoor air quality and hazardous-waste- site remediation.

PROGRAM GOALS
At the successful completion of the AS Environmental Science degree program, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe and apply scientific principles and utilize the mathematical tools that are basic to supporting environmentally-related work in science and technology.
  2. Explain environmental regulations in relationship to scientific principles and law and the impact of these regulations on business.
  3. Comply with the pertinent environmental regulations by understanding the scientific, technical and legal issues involved, and assist in developing environmental monitoring programs.
  4. Interpret environmental analysis to provide input to technical and process decisions.
  5. Transfer to an environmentally-related curriculum at a four-year institution.

**CORE ELECTIVES
 BIO 110Introduction to Plant Sciences 4
 BIO 107General Zoology 4
 BIO 202Biodiversity 3
 BIO 205Microbiology 4
 BIO 208Genetics 4
 CHEM 112General Chemistry II A 4
 CHEM 204Analytical Chemistry 4
 CHEM 207Organic Chemistry I 4
 CHEM 208Organic Chemistry II 4
 ECON 102Microeconomics 3
 ENV 112Environmental Science Laboratory 1
 ENV 122Introduction to Soil Sciences 3
 ENV 191Indep Study: Environ Science 1
 ENV 193Independent Study: Environmental Sciences 3
 ENV 202Environmental Law 3
 ENV 220Principles of Environmental Analysis I 4
 ES 105Earth Science 3
 ES 106Earth Science Laboratory 1
 ES 108General Meteorology 4
 GEOG 203Fundamentals of Geospatial Technology 3
 GEOG 204Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 4
 HLTH 104Environmental Health 3
 MATH 204Calculus II 4
 MATH 216Introduction to Statistics 4
 PHYS 102Introductory Physics II 4
 SCI 109Introduction to Energy & Sustainability 3

TRANSFER INFORMATION
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should check the degree requirements of that institution. If they differ significantly from those listed, students should consult with an advisor for academic guidance.

EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION
Federal, State, and local governments employ over half of all environmental scientists and specialists. The strongest job growth is expected to be in private-sector consulting firms. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average growth rate for occupations in this field is 11% from 2014-2024.

 

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Recommended Course Sequence

First SemesterCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101English Composition 3
ENV 111Introduction to Environmental Science 3
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
Physical Education Elective 1
 Semester Total14
   
Second Semester Credits
Arts/Humanities Elective 3
BIO 120General Biology I 4
GEOG 101Physical Geography 3
MATH 109Precalculus Mathematics  
              or  
MATH 203Calculus I  *4
 Semester Total14
   
Third Semester   Credits
BIO 121General Biology II 4
PHYS 101Introductory Physics I  
              or  
 Core Elective*/ **4
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Core Electives**6
 Semester Total17
   
Fourth Semester Credits
Behavioral/Social Science Elective 3
Core Electives**12
 Semester Total15
   

* Consult Program Director to ascertain which course(s) best suit individual needs.

**Core electives are chosen based on the transfer institution degree program. The student is encouraged to consult the transfer institution and HCC advisors to select core electives.

Note: The following codes identify courses which satisfy the General Education Degree Requirements:
  Behavioral/Social Science  Arts/Humanities
  Biological/Physical Science  English Composition
  Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues  Mathematics
  Biological/Physical Laboratory Science
TO SATISFY THE DIVERSITY REQUIREMENT: Associate degree students must complete one 3-credit diversity course . It is recommended that students select one of the 3-credit , , course electives from those that also appear on the approved list of diversity course graduation requirements.