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
CH-111: Chemistry and the Environment Laboratory

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
PH-121: Meteorology Laboratory

PH-124: Global Warming 3
Subtotal 5

Total Credits Required


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.

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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Campus Cultural Centers

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The QCC Art Gallery of the City University of New York is a vital educational and cultural resource for Queensborough Community College, the Borough of Queens and the surrounding communities.