Nov 19, 2018  
Catalog 2018-19 
    
Catalog 2018-19

Environmental Science, Science Area of Concentration


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Important Information


Short Description


Environmental Science is the study of how the natural world functions and how humans interact with the world around us. Environmental Scientists are needed in parks and other natural areas as well as in basic research and policy making positions in both government and industry.

Type of Credential


Associate of Science (A.S.) in Science
Area of Concentration - Environmental Science

Program Code


A 146

Contacts and Additional Information


Coordinators for Physical Sciences:

Catonsville Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Erica DiCara
443-840-4119 or edicara@ccbcmd.edu

Dundalk Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Robin Minor
443-840-3756 or rminor@ccbcmd.edu

Essex Coordinator: August 15 - June 15
Stephanie Rafferty-Thompson
443-840-2672 or srafferty@ccbcmd.edu

Physical Science Department Chair (all campuses): year-round
Erica DiCara
443-840-4119 or edicara@ccbcmd.edu

Assistant Dean for Science (all campuses): year-round
David O’Neill
443-840-2663 or doneill@ccbcmd.edu

Additional Information:

Semester Sequence


This is a suggested full-time schedule for a student who has completed any developmental course work and has no transfer credits. Refer to the College catalog for specific requirements in selecting General Education Courses .

Semester 1*


Semester 2


Semester 3


Semester 4


Courses Needed for this Area of Concentration*


General Education Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits


General Education Electives:


Choose courses in each category from the list of approved General Education courses . One course must be a Diversity course.

  • Arts and Humanities 3 Credit(s).
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences 3 Credit(s).
  • Information Technology: CSIT 101  or CSIT 111  3 Credit(s).

Program Requirements and Electives - 30 Credits


Program Electives:


Select credits from the following list of electives to attain 60 credits for the degree.  A student’s selection of General Education electives will determine the total elective credits required to reach 60 credits.  Additional courses beyond those listed below may be used to complete the degree requirements with the approval of the Program Coordinator/Academic Dean.  Electives should be chosen based on the requirements of the transfer institution.

Total Number of Credits Required for Degree: 60*


Notes


*Credit students who are new to college (no successfully completed transferable college credits from other institutions) are required to take ACDV 101 - Academic Development: Transitioning to College . This 1-credit course is designed to be taken in the first semester at CCBC. Students must provide an official transcript(s) from an accredited institution to document successful completion of college coursework for the ACDV 101 requirement to be waived.

**Competitive transfer programs may require Calculus.

***In order to take CHEM 131 , students must have done one of the following:

  • Completed CHEM 107  and CHEM 108  with a grade of C or better, OR
  • Passed the Chemistry placement exam and completed or tested out of (ENGL 052 and RDNG 052) or ACLT 052, and MATH 083, OR
  • Received permission from the Physical Sciences department chair.

Area of Concentration Description


This area of concentration is designed to help students transfer to colleges and universities that offer a baccalaureate degree with a major in Environmental Science. Beyond the General Education requirements and other degree, program, and elective requirements, this concentration should be considered in light of the requirements of the selected transfer institution. Students should consult with a Program Coordinator for information about specific requirements.

Four-year institutions vary in their requirements for an Environmental Science major. It is recommended that a student consult with an advisor at the transfer institution as soon as possible in order to choose courses at CCBC that meet the requirements at the four-year institution.

Environmental Science is the study of how the natural world functions and how humans interact with the world around us. Environmental Scientists are needed in parks and other natural areas as well as in basic research and policy making positions in both government and industry. ENVS courses mix theory and principles of environmental science with hands-on experiences. Students learn about environmental monitoring and sampling methods and environmental conditions and explore environmental policies and technologies.

Area of Concentration Outcomes


Upon successful completion of this area of concentration, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate how natural systems operate and interrelate with one another; 
  2. critically evaluate how human activities affect natural systems;
  3. delineate natural flows and cycles of chemicals, minerals, water and energy in the environment;
  4. relate the Earth’s dynamic processes to its composition, structure and surface features;
  5. evaluate economic and political issues related to resource use and population growth within the confines of sustainable development;
  6. use data to solve biology problems;
  7. use data to solve chemistry problems;
  8. solve algebra-based physics problems; and
  9. perform environmental science experiments and write coherent laboratory reports.

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