Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary study that examines the role of humans on the Earth and provides students with an understanding of the application of biological, chemical, and physical sciences to environmental systems. Environmental Science also examines how human behavior and institutions affect the global environment. Topics typically include population biology, ecosystems, biodiversity, biochemistry, the chemistry of air and water pollution as well as geological processes, hazards, energy, and natural resources. Students gain knowledge of fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physical sciences, and interdisciplinary natural sciences that inform society about the environment in which we live.
The Associate in Science in Environmental Science for Transfer (A.S.-T in Environmental Science) prepares students for transfer to a 4-year university or technical program for further study to prepare for a wide variety of careers.
Environmental scientists typically use their knowledge and skills to protect the environment and human health. They may clean up polluted areas, advise policymakers, or work with government and industry to reduce waste and improve conditions. Other career possibilities are academia, environmental law, environmental consulting, and resource management.
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Geology and Earth Sciences are offered as majors at UC and CSU. See a counselor for more specific information.