Environmental Science Majors

Associate in Science Pathway for Environmental Science

This is a typical course schedule for a student planning to complete the A.A. degree within two years, then transfer and major in Environmental Science. See your ECC Academic Advisor to obtain specific requirements, as course requirements vary by transfer institution.

Courses marked with * have additional prerequisites.

Fall Semester 1 - (16+ Credit Hours)

  • *BIO 113, Molecular & Cellular Biology (4)
  • *CHM 142, General Chemistry I (5)
  • *1MTH 190, Calculus w/Analytical Geometry I (5)
  • ENG 101, English Composition I (3)

Spring Semester 2 - (16-17 Credit Hours)

  • BIO 114, Organismal Bio, Evolution, Ecology (4)
  • CHM 143, General Chemistry II (5)
  • 2MTH 210, Calculus II, or MTH 120 Statistics (4)
  • ENG 102, English Composition II (3)

Fall Semester 3 - (16 Credit Hours)

  • 3CHM 234, Organic Chemistry I (5)
  • Behavioral Science, Gen Ed (3)
  • CMS 101, Fundamentals of Speech (3)
  • Humanities, Gen Ed (3)

Spring Semester 4 - (19 Credit Hours)

  • CHM 235, Organic Chemistry II (5)
  • Fine Arts, Gen Ed (3)
  • Social Science, Gen Ed (likely Economics) (3)
  • 4BIO 105, Survey of Environmental Biology(3) or 106, Plants & Society

1Students planning to start in the Fall semester who do not qualify to enroll in MTH 190 should plan to enroll in the necessary math course the summer prior.
2Discuss Math requirements & proficiency options with your academic advisor.
3Visit Academic Advising in B120 to plan ahead to address AS, AES, & AA & transfer degree requirements.
4Additional required program course options may include- PHY 101, General Physics (5) & PHY 102, General Physics (5). Plan to discuss with your Academic Advisor

Communications, Fine Arts, Social Science, and Behavioral Science are ideal courses to enroll in during the Summer semester to lighten the credit course load during Spring and Fall semesters.

  • ECC and many transfer institutions require a Diversity and/or a Multicultural course as a graduation requirement. Courses that fulfill this requirement at ECC include options in Humanities, Fine Arts, Behavioral Science, and Social Science. See your academic advisor or view the details of Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, or Associate in Engineering Science in the ECC catalog to view options.
  • The Associate in Science & Associate in Engineering Science degrees does not include the entire IAI General Education Common Core (GECC) package. The A.S. & A.E.S. degrees allow for more math & science courses to be completed prior to transferring and better align with transfer institution 4-year plans.
  • This plan is a sample pathway; the only way to secure an accurate education plan for the school of your preference is to meet with an academic advisor in B120.

Successful Pathway Steps

Majoring in Environmental Science?

What specific majors are related to Environmental Science?

  • Agriculture & Food Science
  • Agricultural & Biological Engineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Cellular & Molecular Biology
  • Crop Sciences
  • Environmental Health
  • Food Science & Nutrition
  • Forestry
  • Natural Resource Conservation
  • Plant Pathology
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Wildlife Biology

What careers do Environmental Science graduates work in?

Transfer students wanting a B.S., M.S., and/or Ph.D./M.D. would likely pursue the Associate in Science at ECC, discuss with your academic advisor.

Students interested in Biology and related careers requiring an AAS degree or VS/BVS certificate at ECC can pursue:

Information from  and BLS.gov