This major prepares students for transfer into baccalaureate degree programs in the environmental field. Environmental science is a multidisciplinary field that integrates physical, biological, and chemical sciences to the study of the environment, and the solution of environmental problems. Environmental science provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems. Environmental scientists work on subjects like the understanding of earth processes, evaluating alternative energy systems, pollution control and mitigation, natural resource management, and the effects of global climate change. Environmental issues almost always include an interaction of physical, chemical, and biological processes. Environmental scientists bring a systems approach to the analysis of environmental problems.
- According to bestcolleges.com, the interdisciplinary nature of an Environmental Science degree opens the door to numerous employment opportunities including, but not limited to, environmental engineers, urban and regional planners, environmental science and protection technicians, and foresters.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that job growth for Environmental Science-related occupations will grow between 7 and 12% through 2024.
- The median pay for most Environmental Science-related careers was between $43,000 and $84,000 as of May 2015, according to the BLS.
Students successfully completing the A.S. degree program in Environmental Science will:
- Recognize the interdisciplinary nature of scientific inquiry and apply analytical thinking and analysis to explain various scientific phenomena as they develop skill in using the scientific method.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of biology, basic chemistry, and ecology sufficient for entry into higher-level science courses at a transfer institution.
- Develop the qualitative and quantitative skills, through the use of technology, necessary for a career in environmental science.
- Understand the diverse and dynamic nature of how humans impact the environment through the study of humanities, global studies, and math/science electives.
- Be able to communicate effectively, both orally and through the written word, and be able to work with others in a professional setting.
- Develop and demonstrate skills in biological and chemical laboratory practices.
The Environmental Science degree is available exclusively at the Scranton campus.