Associate in Science degree (AS)

Queensborough Community College students will be offered the opportunity to obtain the A.S. Degree with a concentration in Environmental Science.

Common Core Requirements

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition I 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-440: Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. BI-201: General Biology I1 4
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2C. Creative Expression (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-151: General Chemistry I1 4.5
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. CH-152: General Chemistry II 4.5
Subtotal 35

Major Requirements

Courses Credits
BI-160: Ecology 4
BI-202: General Biology II 4
BI-461: General Microbiology 4
BI-480: Environmental Science 4
GE-101: Physical Geology 4
Subtotal 20

Advised Major Electives (choose 5 credits from:)

Courses Credits
BI-505: Current Environmental Issues 1
BI-554: Research Laboratory Internship 2
CH-110: Chemistry and the Environment
and
CH-111: Chemistry and the Environment Laboratory

4
ET-840: Energy for a Green Society 4
ET-841: The Science of Energy and Power in the Modern World 3
ET-843: The Role of Energy in Society 3
GE-102: Historical Geology 4
HE-110: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
MA-336: Statistics 3
MA-441: Analytic Geometry and Calculus I 4
PH-120: Introduction to Meteorology
and
PH-121: Meteorology Laboratory

4
PH-124: Global Warming 3
Subtotal 5

Total Credits Required

60

1 Students are required to take particular courses in some areas of the Common Core that fulfill both general education and major requirements. If students do not take the required courses in the Common Core, they will have to take additional credits to complete their degree requirements.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Degree Pathway

The number of credits you take each year will determine when you graduate. To graduate on time, you are strongly encouraged to enroll in at least 30 credits toward your degree during the calendar year, including fall and spring semesters and winter and summer sessions.

A.S. Degree in Environmental Science 

Fall Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL-101 English Composition I

(Required Core 1.A.: English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: BE-112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

BI-160 Ecology

4

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

BI-201 General Biology I

(Required core I C- Life and physical sciences)

4

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

Flexible core II A

World cultures and global issues

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

Elective BI 505 Current Environmental Issues

1

None

Total credits for the term

15

Spring Semester #1

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

ENGL 102 English Composition II - (Required Core 1.A. – English Composition)

3

Pre-req.: ENGL 101 or placement

BI- 202 General Biology II

4

Pre-req.: BI 201

GE-101 Physical Geology

4

None

MA-440 Pre-Calculus Mathematics

(Required Core I B): Mathematics)

4

MA-119 and MA-121 with a C or better in both courses, or MA-114 with a grade of C or better, or satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test, Level II

Total credits for the term

15

Fall Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

*CH-151 General Chemistry I

Flexible core II E. Scientific World

4.5

MA-119 and MA-121 or satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test. Students who have not had high school chemistry are strongly advised to take CH-127 prior to CH-151

Flexible Core II B: US experience and its diversity

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

BI-480 Environmental Science

4

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

Flexible core I c: Creative Expression

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

Total credits for the term

14.5


Spring Semester #2

Courses Credits Pre-requisites and co-requisites

Flexible core II D Individual and Society

3

Pre-req.: BE 112/205 and 122/226 or passing score on CUNY placement, or exemption

*CH-152 General Chemistry II - (flexible core II A, B, C, D, or E)

4.5

Pre-req.: CH 151

BI-461 Microbiology

4

Pre-req.: BI 201

Advised Electives: Choose 4 credits from:

  • MA-336 Statistics
  • MA-441 Analytic Geometry and Calculus
  • ET-841/842 The Science of Energy and Power in the Modern World/Energy Production and Conservation for a Sustainable World
  • GE-102 Historical Geology
  • BI-554 Research Laboratory Internship
  • CH-110/111 Chemistry and the Environment/lab
  • HE-110 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • PH-120/121 Introduction to Meteorology/lab
  • PH-124 Global Warming

4

4

4

4

2

4

1

4

3

  • Pre-req.: MA-119 with a C or better or MA-114 with a C or better, or satisfactory score on the Mathematics Placement Test, Level II
  • Pre-req.: MA-440 with a C or better
  • None (841 is a co-req. for 842)
  • None
  • Pre-req.: BI 201 and permission of the instructor
  • None (CH 110 is a co-req. for CH 111)
  • None
  • None
  • None

Total credits for the term

15.5

Total credits required for the A.S. in Environmental Science

60

Notes:

  1. All students must complete two (2) WI designated classes to fulfill degree requirements.
  2. Students must complete one course from each of the flexible core categories (2.A., B., C., D., and E.) and one additional course from any one of the categories.
  3. Students in degree programs must complete any required remedial speech courses before graduation.
  4. Indicate if any courses are offered only in fall or spring semester

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Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Environmental Science 

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments—through their programs—may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  2. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
  3. Employ scientific methods to study the environment
    1. Perform and evaluate tests for water, soil and air quality monitoring
    2. Analyze the microbial ecology of terrestrial and aquatic systems
    3. Collect and interpret data from a variety of field and laboratory studies
  4. Apply the process of science and scientific research
    1. Formulate hypotheses
    2. Design and implement scientifically valid experiments to answer authentic research questions
    3. Perform accurate data analysis including statistics
    4. Analyze, interpret and evaluate data and make valid scientific conclusions
  5. Communicate knowledge of Environmental Science topics effectively
    1. Explain complex environmental science concepts effectively through written and oral communication methods
    2. Understand and critically evaluate scientific literature
    3. Understand and describe the role of the scientist in educating others about important topics related to critical environmental issues.
  6. Describe the many career options in Environmental Science and related fields

June 2017

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