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Environmental Science

(Science/Mathematics Division)

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Associate of Science (Transfer)
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Who is this program for?

Students interested in a course of study to identify, prevent or eliminate sources of pollutants or hazards that affect people and the environment may be interested in a degree in environmental science. Environmental scientists measure and observe the quality of air, food, water, and soil, to make recommendations on how best to clean and preserve the environment. Students with a desire to protect the environment around us may find this career very rewarding.

What is this program about?

The environmental science major serves the role of a preparatory major for a four year degree in environmental science. The environmental science program prepares students with the basic skills needed to continue at a college or university to complete a four year degree in environmental science. Completion of the environmental science program typically takes two years of study. After successful completion of the program students generally complete a four year undergraduate degree. After completion of a four year degree students may go on to complete a masters or a Ph. D. in environmental science. The two years of study at the associate of science degree level (approximately 60 semester hours) may include courses such as; General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Physics, Calculus, English Composition, Speech, Humanities Electives, Economics, Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives, and other electives.

Where are the classes held?

Location Offered?
Albany Yes
Cordele Yes
Thomasville No
Colquitt No
Swainsboro No
Americus No
Channel 19 Yes
Online Yes

How are the classes offered?

Program Type Offered?
On Campus Only No
Hybrid Program Yes
Online Program No

A Hybrid Program is defined as a program containing a mixture of both online and on campus courses.
An Online Program is defined as a program that can be completed without having to set foot on campus.

When would I have the program completed by?

2 years plus the summer in between for the full time enrolled student.

Why would or should I be interested in this program?

The following data is from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006). It gives some idea of the demand for environmental scientists. Employment of environmental scientists is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2014, while employment of hydrologists should grow much faster than average. Job growth for environmental scientists and hydrologists should be strongest at private-sector consulting firms. Demand for environmental scientists and hydrologists will be spurred largely by public policy, which will oblige companies and organizations to comply with complex environmental laws and regulations, particularly those regarding ground-water decontamination, clean air, and flood control. Median annual earnings of environmental scientists were $51,080 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $39,100 and $67,360. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $31,610, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $85,940.

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Responsible Department: Science/Mathematics
Last Modified: July 23, 2007
Program Contact: Michael May
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