Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Science

Division of Biology & Chemistry — Curriculum Code: 2107

Will Earn Upon Program Completion: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) Degree


Why major in Environmental Science?

This major prepares you for careers in the environmental, remediation, petroleum, and civil engineering fields as laboratory technicians, field analysts, and environmental technicians. With experience, you may find positions in research exploration, production, and consumer service.

If I major in Environmental Science, can I transfer to an upper division college or university?

The major is job-oriented and not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate program. However, credits earned in this associate’s degree program are transferable to the Environmental Science bachelor’s degree program at Rutgers-Newark. In addition, other colleges and universities will apply some or all of the courses you have taken towards a bachelor’s degree, depending upon their program requirements.

Are there any requirements I must satisfy before I start taking courses in my major?

Based on your placement test scores, you may have to take developmental courses in reading, English, and/or mathematics before taking the core curriculum courses in your major. In addition, if you are at the final level of remediation of English and mathematics, you can take either BIO 100 or CHM 100. While neither of these courses count toward graduation in this major, they provide an introduction to  basic biology and chemistry concepts that will prepare you for this program.

How long will it take for me to complete this degree?

If you do not need developmental course work and you register for an average of 17 credits each semester, you should be able to complete the program in two years. You can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer sessions.

Where should I direct specific questions about this program?

Call the Division at (973) 877-3430.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
  • Demonstrate mastery of the fundamental concepts of biology, geology, and chemistry;
  • Perform qualitative, quantitative, and instrumental analysis of geological data and samples using standard tools and equipments;
  • Use the computer for collecting and assessing laboratory and field data and for preparing reports; and
  • Demonstrate knowledge of environmental field standards.



(27 credits)

Written & Oral Communication (6 credits)

ENG 101 (one 3-credit course)
ENG 102 or ENG 105 (one 3-credit course)

Quantitative Knowledge & Skills (4 credits)

MTH 119  (one 4-credit course)

Scientific Knowledge & Reasoning (8 credits)

BIO 103 and BIO 104 (two 4-credit courses)

Society & Human Behavior (6 credits)

Choose two of the following courses: ANT 101, ANT 105; ECO 101, ECO 102; POL 101, POL 104; PSY 101, PSY 102, PSY 219; SOC 101, SOC 108, or SOC 219 (two 3-credit courses)

Historical Perspective (3 credits)

Choose one of the following history courses: HST 101, HST 102, HST 111, HST 112, HST 121, HST 122, HST 131, HST 132, HST 134, HST 135, HST 136, HST 137,  HST 161, or HST 162 (one 3-credit course)



(24 credits)

BIO 220  Introduction to Environmental Science (4 credits)
CHM 103  General Chemistry I (4 credits)
CHM 104  General Chemistry II (4 credits)
GEO 101  Geology I (4 credits)
GEO 102  Geology II (4 credits)
MTH 120   Pre-Calculus II (4 credits)


(11 credits)

CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases (3 credits)

Choose two of the following Science electives: BIO 211 Microbiology, BIO 237 Genetics, CHM 203 Organic Chemistry I, CHM 204 Organic Chemistry II, PHY 113 Astronomy, and/or PHY 114 Meteorology (two 4-credit courses)


Total Credits Required for Degree: 62




First Semester
BIO 103 General Biology I (4 credits)
CHM 103 General Chemistry I (4 credits)
ENG 101 College Composition I (3 credits)
MTH 119 Pre-Calculus I (4 credits)

Second Semester
BIO 104 General Biology II (4 credits)
CHM 104 General Chemistry II (4 credits)
ENG 102 College Composition II (3 credits)
MTH 120 Pre-Calculus II (4 credits)

Third Semester
BIO 220 Introduction to Environmental Science (4 credits)
GEO 101 Geology I (4 credits)
Science elective (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)

Fourth Semester
GEO 102 Geology II (4 credits)
CIS 137 Microcomputer Databases (3 credits)
Science elective  (4 credits)
Society & Human Behavior requirement (3 credits)
History requirement (3 credits)


(1) The two General Education Integrated Course Goals, Ethical Reasoning & Action and Information Literacy, are both addressed by the required curriculum described above, regardless of specific choices made by the individual student.
(2) This plan assumes the completion of all required developmental courses in reading, writing, and mathematics as well as other pre- and co-requisites for some of the courses, as listed in the Course Descriptions section.

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