The Associate of Science (AS) in Environmental Science degree program prepares individuals for the first two years of a bachelor’s degree related to environmental science or environmental studies. For assistance in program planning, or to explore additional transfer options, students should schedule a time to meet with an academic advisor. This degree may transfer in part or in its entirety to baccalaureate institutions. Students should meet with a representative of the transfer institution when planning their program.
Some students may need preparatory courses in the areas of English, mathematics, reading. Courses numbered below 1000 will not apply toward this degree.
By completing this program, students will achieve the following learning goals:
- Demonstrate comprehension of ecosystem structure and function;
- Explain the nature and dynamics of biological communities;
- Examine the importance of sustainability in the management of economically
and ecologically important resources;
- Explore how sustainability can be incorporated into people’s worldviews
- Demonstrate application of critical thinking and the process of science
in classroom and in field studies; and
- Evaluate and describe significant environmental dilemmas and the
considerations used to find solutions.
- A minimum of 60 semester credits numbered 1000 or above.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in courses numbered 1000 or above at ARCC.
- Satisfy residency requirements.
- A minimum grade of C must be earned in all program requirements.
- Completion of specific degree requirements.
- To receive your diploma, you must apply to graduate.
- The requirements of this program are subject to change without notice
NOTE: You are encouraged to contact an academic advisor at 763-433-1230 for course planning assistance and information about transfer credit evaluation and transfer options.
BIOL 1106 Principles of Biology I 4 BIOL 1107* Principles of Biology II 4 BIOL 2206*
OR BIOL 2207*
Animal Biology OR Plant Biology 4 CHEM 1061* Principles of Chemistry I 4 CHEM 1062* Principles of Chemistry II 4
Select a minimum of 8 credits from the following: BIOL 2201* Microbiology 4 BIOL 2206* Animal Biology 4 BIOL 2207* Plant Biology 4 BIOL 2209* General Ecology 4 NATS 1005 Meteorology 4 BIOL 2230*^ Directed Research in Biology 2-4
Complete at least 30 credits in courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC), including all courses listed. You must complete at least one course in six of the ten goal areas. One course may satisfy more than one emphasis area, but the course credits may be counted only once.
1. Communication ENGL 1120* OR ENGL 1121* 4 CMST 1110 OR CMST 2215 OR CMST 2220 3 2. Critical Thinking 3. Natural Science NATS 1003 4 4. Mathematical/Logical Reasoning MATH 1114* OR MATH 1200* 3-4 5. History/Social/Behavioral Sciences 6. Humanities/Fine Art 7. Human Diversity 8. Global Perspective 9. Ethical/Civic Responsibility PHIL 1120 3 10. People and the Environment BIOL 1103 3 BIOL 1133** 1
The sequence that follows is suggested for full-time students. Part-time students will need more time to complete this program; many courses are offered in the evening.
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIOL 1103 3 BIOL 1106 4 BIOL 1133 1 CHEM 1062 4 MATH 1114
3-4 General Education or Electives 6-8 CHEM 1061 4 ENGL 1120/1120 4 TOTAL 15 -16 TOTAL 14-16
Fall Semester Spring Semester
BIOL 1107 4 BIOL 2206 OR 2207 4 NATS 1003 4 General Education or Electives 6-8 General Education or Electives 10-12 TOTAL 14-16 TOTAL 14-16
*Some occupations may require advanced education
- Agricultural Scientist
- Conservation Scientist
- Environmental Advocacy
- Environmental Engineer
- Fish & Game Wardens
- Hazardous Material Workers
- Natural Resource Scientist
- Park Naturalist
- Climate Change Analysts
- Environmental Consultant
- Environmental Technician
- Forensic Science
- Mining Engineer
Program Requirements 20 Additional Requirements 8 General Education/MnTC 32 Total 60