2011-12 Student Catalog 
    Mar 21, 2023  
2011-12 Student Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies, AS

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Associate in Science





Major Code


The Career

The Environmental Studies curriculum at Niagara County Community College provides the foundation courses for transfer to a four-year degree program in the environmental field. A degree in Environmental Studies prepares you for careers in environmental design, environmental law, resource management, teaching, conservation, park management, environmental risk assessment, hazardous materials management and for work as a consultant or policy analyst with government agencies and other non-government organizations.

The NCCC Approach

This curriculum is designed for students with an interest in environmental problems that wish to transfer to a four-year institution for further study in a bachelor degree program in environmental studies/science, environmental design, planning and public policy, forestry, education or pre-law programs in related areas.


Students admitted in September and January.

Environmental Studies Associate in Science degree curriculum is offered as a full-time or part-time program. Because of the sequencing of courses, completion of the part-time program may be extended.

Program Goals and Objectives

  • The goals of the Associate in Science (AS) degree in Environmental Studies are to develop the students’ knowledge about the biological, physical, philosophical, sociological and historical aspects of environmental science and to assist students with the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary to investigate career possibilities and make intelligent decisions with regard to future directions.
  • The objective of the Associate in Science degree in Environmental Studies is to provide the highest possible level of interdisciplinary preparation for transfer to a bachelor degree program in the environmental field.

Student Learning Outcomes

The student will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to use and understand numerical data using either differential calculus or statistical analysis.
  • Use methods employed by scientists to explore natural phenomena
  • Apply scientific data concepts and models in one or more of the natural sciences.
  • Integrate data from other applications into a computer program to perform analysis consistent with the requirements of a college-level mathematics and science courses.
  • Have knowledge of major concepts, models and issues in at least one of the social sciences,
  • Have knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one of the humanities.

Transfer Information

Environmental Studies Associate in Science degree provides a foundation for transfer to a bachelor’s degree program through general education, science and environmental studies courses. You may transfer to related bachelor’s degree programs at the State University College of Environmental Science and Forestry, State University of New York at Buffalo, SUNY College at Brockport and Canisius College among others.

The Environmental Studies program provides a strong background in science, while at the same time accommodating the varied interests and future plans of the individual student.

Minimum Degree Requirements (ENVI)

  1. A total of at least 62 credit hours with a minimum curriculum grade-point average of 2.0. Academic Foundation courses do not count toward a degree.
  2. Mathematics and Science: A minimum of 28 credit hours to include:
    1.   and
    2.   or
    3.   and
    5.   (offered in Fall semester only)
    10.   or
    12. Plus additional Mathematics/Science credit hours to equal a total of 28 hours.
  3. Social Sciences: A minimum of 15 credit hours to include:
    2. A course with a prefix of SOC or ANT
    3. A course with a prefix of HIS or PSC
    4. Plus additional social science credit hours to equal a total of 15 credit hours
  4. Humanities/Arts & Media: A minimum of 12 credit hours to include:
    1.   *
    3.   or
    5. Plus additional Humanities/Arts & Media credit hours to equal a total of 12 credit hours.
  5. Computer Competency: A minimum of 2 credit hours to include:
  6. Health/Physical Education: a minimum of 2 credit hours.
  7. Other electives based on student interest (3 credit hours).

Typical Program

Total Credit Hours: 16

Second Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16

Third Semester

Total Credit Hours: 16/17

Total Credit Hours: 14


*Dependent upon the fulfillment of Academic Foundations requirements.

Scholarship Opportunities

All matriculated students in this curriculum are eligible for scholarships. See scholarship  area of this catalog or contact the NCCC Scholarship Office located in the Administration complex, Room A-114, (716) 614-6205, for specific information and criteria.