Feb 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Environmental Science, AS

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This degree will prepare students to find innovative and sustainable solutions to today’s critical environmental challenges. Students who major in Environmental Science integrate biology, chemistry, geology, geography and mathematics with environmental law, policies, economics, and ethics for an interdisciplinary understanding of the Earth and sustainability. They will develop a deep understanding of scientific theory and know how to apply it in real-world settings. The study of environmental science prepares one for a variety of fields such as Environmental engineering techs, Environmental scientists, Geoscientists, Environmental science and protection techs, environmental science post-secondary teachers, Occupational health, and safety specialists. They may also work as a scientist, analyst, manager, instructor, researcher.

It is strongly recommended that students consult with an advisor for the specific requirements in these fields. Students are strongly encouraged to seek academic advising prior to registration regarding the acceptability of online science courses if they anticipate transferring to a four-year institution or completing graduate work in the sciences or health professions. It should be noted that per Colorado Revised Statute, §23-1-125(1)(e), general education courses taken online are guaranteed to satisfy core course (GT Pathways) requirements at all Colorado public institutions of higher education.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Environmental Science degree program, students should be able to:

  • Explain information presented in mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Convert information into and between various mathematical forms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words)
  • Select or develop elements of the methodology or theoretical framework to solve problems
  • Examine evidence to identify patterns, differences, similarities, limitations, and/or implications related to the focus
  • Utilize multiple representations to interpret the data
  • State a conclusion based on findings
  • Demonstrate proper laboratory techniques and safe practice

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Science Degrees, AS .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Five (5) credit hours

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

Select one of the following

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours

Natural and Physical Sciences

Nineteen (19) credit hours


Four (4) credit hours selected from the



Please Note: If these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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