Environmental Science AS

Environmental Science

Degrees and Certificates

Why Choose This Program

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary academic field of study that deals with the interactions of physical, chemical, and biological processes in the ecosystems. It involves a wide range of transferable skills that are useful in the job market.

The field of environmental science educates us on how to conserve the ecosystem where we obtain natural resources. This field prepares you to tackle challenges of environmental issues. A degree in Environmental Science prepares you to obtain a job in a variety of settings from research to clinical labs.

SCTCC offers an AS Degree in Environmental Science that provides an excellent foundation and the skills to prepare students for a four-year degree. The program provides an understanding of natural resource and the human impact on ecological processes. The Environmental Science Degree (AS) is transferable to the Environmental Studies program via an articulation agreement with St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University.

Skills Acquired

  • Explain the processes of scientific methods and demonstrate the processes during experimental works.
  • Demonstrate and apply environmental science concepts and processes.
  • Preform using instruments and techniques in laboratory and field works.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work independently and also as a team in the laboratory and field works.
  • Understand and apply the technology of GIS and GPS knowledge for virtualization and modeling environmental issues and Interpreting spatial patterns using map concepts.
  • Describe the functions and processes of environmental systems.
  • Explain effects of anthropogenic on the earth systems and propose solutions to environmental issues.
  • Analyze quantitative date, critical thinking, ethic, and problem solving.
  • Explore how environmental science is able to develop sustainable solution to our environmental issues.
  • Understand concepts, effects, and management of renewable and non-renewable energy.

Career Choices

The following are the five main career fields in Environmental Science

Environmental Scientist

  • Oceanographer
  • Climatologist
  • Environmental risk assessment manager
  • Environmental scientists and specialists, including health
  • Environmental science teachers
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental Planner
  • Research analyst in environmental science
  • Energy analyst

Environmental Engineer

  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Energy analyst
  • Bioinformatics
  • Health and safety engineers, except mining safety engineers and inspectors
  • Environmental engineering technicians

Environmental Lawyer: responsible for using law to find justice for the environment, people, organisms, or wildlife.

Environmental Biologist

  • Ecologist
  • Biogeochemist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Wild life Biologists
  • Zoologist

Environmental Geologist

  • Paleontologist
  • Hydrologists
  • Geochemist

More Career Information

Environmental Science Careers

Career Fields in Environmental Science

Career Services

Environmental Science lab
Environmental Science lab river
Env. Science Field Trip
Env. Science Field Trip


The associate’s degree in Environmental Science fully transfers to a bachelor’s degree program at St. Cloud State University and Bemidji State University.

Environmental Science Video

Info Sessions

2:00 PM


Contact Us

Khaldoun Ahmad
Environmental Science Instructor

Cell: (816) 288-9521

Additional Information

Research Opportunities

The Environmental Science Program provides an opportunity for students to work on research projects. Students can conduct research project individually or with a team. This will increase students’ knowledge and skills in the field of environmental science. Field of research could be in the following areas, but are not limited:

Environmental Science and Issues:

  • Water Issues and Pollution.
  • Air Pollution
  • Forest Issues
  • Soil Erosion

Medical Geology

  • Toxicity and Human Health

While students are taking courses in the Environmental Science Program, they are able to conduct research project which is part of class assignments. In the end of a semester, students have an opportunity to present their projects in the Environmental Science Symposium.

December 2018 Symposium

May 2019 Symposium

December 2019 Symposium

Clubs & Organizations

Environmental Science Club

SCTCC Student Clubs

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