Environmental Science Associate in Science Degree


The Environmental Sciences Associate in Science Degree program emphasizes the development of skills in natural history and ecology. Specified coursework trains students to identify, describe, and analyze natural environments in terms of native species and ecological processes. The program’s many field-oriented laboratory courses investigate a variety of natural settings including chaparral, woodland, estuary, coastal ocean, island, desert, and mountain environments. Accompanying lecture courses provide the theoretical foundation to support comprehensive field studies. The Environmental Sciences Associate in Science Degree requires a total of 22-25 units of which 8 units are in required courses. An additional 14-17 units must be chosen from the list of restricted electives listed below.

Required Courses (8 units):
ENVS 105 FEnvironmental Biology3
ENVS 105LFEnvironmental Biology Lab1
ESC 130 FIntroduction to Oceanography3
or ESC 130HF Honors Introduction to Oceanography
ESC 130LF Introduction to Oceanography: Field Experience1
Restricted Electives (14-17 units):14-17
General Ecology4
Conservation Biology3
Natural History of California3
Natural History of California Field Lecture2
Birds of Southern California1-2
Desert Natural History1
Geology and Marine Biology of the Channel Islands2
Marine Vertebrate Ecology of the Channel Islands1
Introduction to Weather and Climate3
Physical Geography3
Honors Physical Geography
Physical Geography Laboratory1
Total Units22-25

Outcome 1: Examine, identify and describe natural ecosystems.

Outcome 2: Examine, distinguish and describe the ecological communities that compose natural ecosystems.

Outcome 3: Analyze and explain the organization and dynamics of natural ecosystems.