Degree: Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)
HEGIS Code: 5619
Curriculum Code: 2241
Campus Location: North
Liberal Arts Division
Recommended High School Courses and/or Experiences: Algebra, Trigonometry, Chemistry
Career Opportunities/Further Education: Transfer into degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology and the Natural Sciences
The Environmental Technology Geoscience Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree program at Erie Community College’s North Campus consists of lectures and laboratory courses which form the basis for students to learn about energy systems and environmental conservation. The primary focus of the A.A.S. degree is employment upon graduation. Students will be prepared for a career in environmental testing, geological waste testing, forestry services, land conservation and ecosystems. The goals of the program include the following:
- to develop a conceptual knowledge base in environmental geoscience; and
- to provide students with the basic knowledge and technical skills necessary to seek a career in the environmental sciences, the traditional sciences or pursue a baccalaureate degree.
Upon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science in Environmental Technology Geoscience, the graduate will be able to:
- develop technical writing skills for the analysis and preparation of scientific environmental reports;
- apply scientific principles, identify the technologies and determine their efficiency and impact on environmental problems;
- attack environmental problems and propose solutions focusing on environmental integrity, sustainable resources and ecological solutions;
- assess the most recent scientific, technical and socioeconomic information concerning climate change and other environmental topics;
- conduct and write laboratory tests/experiments in a clear and concise manner using proper communication skills;
- develop an appreciation for the non-technical human aspects of environmental issues;
- complete OSHA HAZWOPER certification as specified OSHA 29CFR 1910.120;
- learn mapping and GIS applications; and
- enter–with junior standing–one of many SUNY colleges (provided grades are acceptable).
Erie Community College provides university parallel degree programs for students aspiring to baccalaureate degrees and related professions. Graduates of Environmental Technology Geoscience will be well-positioned to transfer to other educational institutions offering degrees in Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Environmental Biology and the Natural Sciences. Currently, these include a B.A. or B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Buffalo; and a B.S degree in Environmental Science or Environmental Biology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. Additional articulation agreements are in process of development with other public and private colleges.
Transfer to SUNY at Buffalo
The Environmental Technology Geoscience Program has identified the ECC coursework necessary to articulate directly with SUNY at Buffalo. Students will be able to complete a B.A. or B.S. degree in Environmental Studies in two years following graduation from ECC.
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse
The Environmental Technology Geoscience Program has identified the ECC coursework necessary to articulate directly with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse. Students will be able to complete a B.S. degree in Environmental Science or a B.S. degree in Environmental Biology in two years, following graduation from ECC. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has formally reviewed the ECC Environmental Technology Geoscience Program and stated that any student who earns an associate degree should be successful in completing the Environmental Biology baccalaureate degree at SUNY E.S.F. within two additional years of study. Students would enter this educational institution with junior-level status.
A high school diploma or HSE (High School Equivalency) is a basic requirement. It is necessary that the student have a background in elementary algebra. The student should have taken college preparatory courses in high school in mathematics (algebra and trigonometry) and chemistry. All students seeking matriculation are required to take the mandatory placement test and achieve a test score in English which qualifies them to take EN 110 College Composition and to take MT 125 College Mathematics. Students who have taken the New York State Regents English III with a score of 85 or higher are considered to be prepared for EN 110.
Service learning courses in the Environmental Science curriculum will provide a practical experience for students to learn while contributing to their communities. Students will participate in organized curricular projects that address community needs while enhancing their academic knowledge and skills, as well as fostering civic responsibility. Targeted ECC’s Environmental Science Program courses will provide students with the opportunity to:
- use the knowledge and technical skills from one or more Environmental Science courses to identify and address community problems;
- collaborate with peers and community members to establish and achieve goals; and
- develop skills and professional attitudes beneficial for the workplace and for participating in civic affairs.
Total Degree Credits: 60.5 - 62.0