Environmental Science Associate in Science Degree for Transfer

Division: Science/Engineering/Mathematics

PROGRAM CODE: 1S39887

The Environmental Science Associate in Science Degree for Transfer is designed to provide an opportunity for the Environmental Science major to achieve an Environmental Science Associate in Science Degree for Transfer (AS-T in Environmental Science) which completes the first and second year requirements for transfer to a four-year public California institution. Students with a degree in Environmental Science may pursue careers in education, consulting, research or work in fields such as environmental geology, environmental engineering, zoology, hydrology, conservation science, or environmental law. While at least a baccalaureate degree is recommended preparation for those considering professional careers, completion of this curriculum will demonstrate commitment to the field and provide comprehensive preparation for further academic study through upper-division course work. This curriculum specifically prepares the prospective transfer student for upper division coursework in Environmental Science or a similar major at a California State University (CSU) campus.

Students should consult a counselor, the Transfer Center and the catalog of the transfer college or university to plan a specific program of study to meet the college or university's requirements. Note: Courses that fulfill major requirements for an Associate Degree for Transfer at Cypress College might not be the same as those required for completing the major at all transfer institutions offering a Baccalaureate Degree. The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, now codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an "associate degree for transfer", a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The AS-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor's degree (unless the major is designated "high-unit" major). This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

To earn an AS-T in Environmental Science students must complete the following requirements:

  1. a minimum of 40 semester units or 60 quarter units in the Environmental Science major with a grade of C or better;
  2. the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (CSU IGETC) for STEM;
  3. any electives need to reach 60 semester or 90 quarter units of CSU transferable coursework;
  4. ADTs also require that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. A P (Pass) grade is an acceptable grade for a course in the major only if the P is defined to be equivalent to a C or better, and
  5. have an overall GPA of 2.0. This degree requires a total of 40 units,
Required Core Courses (14 units):
BIOL 174 CBiology of Cells and Tissues4
CHEM 111ACGeneral Chemistry I5
CHEM 111BCGeneral Chemistry II5
LIST A (15 units):15
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
3
Honors Physical Geology
Environmental Geology3
Environmental Science
Introduction to Probability and Statistics4
Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (same as PSY 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as PSY 161HC)
Probability and Statistics: Social Sciences (same as SOC 161 C)
Honors Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences (Same as SOC 161HC)
Calculus I4
Survey of Calculus
LIST B (11 units):11
Principles of Economics-Micro3
Honors Principles of Economics - Micro
General Physics I4
General Physics II4
Total Units40