College Catalog
Academic Programs - School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Environmental Science
Associate in Science
HEGIS #5499
Chairperson: Peter A. Schaefer
Science Center, Suite 319, (518) 629-7453

We are faced with unprecedented global changes in the years ahead: meeting our energy needs in a clean and safe manner, reducing, reusing and disposing of our wastes, developing more effective agricultural practices - the list is endless. With this reality in mind Hudson Valley has taken the initiative to develop an environmental major designed to prepare students to continue their studies in the field of environmental science/studies and ultimately pursue a related career.

Required course work includes both physical and social sciences and additional elective courses to explore the many aspects of environmental issues. The major features two four-credit courses formulated to integrate theoretical concepts, policy analysis and laboratory experience. Transfer agreements are updated regularly.

Hudson Valley Community College cooperates with SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School Campus (ESF) by offering a special 1+1 program. Students interested in this special Forest Technology program should enroll in the Environmental Science program for their first year of study and then transfer to ESF for the second year of the 1+1 program.

Courses Entry Term Special Notes H.S. Average
Algebra, geometry and algebra II or 3 units of equivalent academic math, biology and chemistry (80 or above in each course) Fall and Spring   80 or above

The estimated cost of books for the student enrolled in the first full-time term as outlined would be approximately $615.


Course No.


Credit Hrs.

BIOL 102
Orientation to Environ. Sciences 1
BIOL 150
General Biology I 4
BIOL 151
General Biology II 4
BIOL 210
Ecology 4
BIOL 215
Environmental Science 4
CHEM 110
General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 111
General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 101
English Composition I 3
ENGL 104
English Composition II: Writing About Literature 3
MATH 150
College Algebra with Trigonometry 4
PHYS 145
Introductory Geology 4
(1)Restricted Electives 8
(2)Restricted Lab Science Electives 8
Social Science/Humanities 6
Total Credits Required

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.

(1) Restricted elective – Based on advisement, any course with a General Education AR, AH, HU, SS, WC, OC, MA (MATH 135 or higher than MATH 150) or FL designation, or specific course equivalents as approved by the department chairperson.
Students planning on transferring to a SUNY four-year college should complete at least three different areas. In addition, CISS 100, CISS 101, CISS 110, CMPT 101, CMPT 105, CMPT 115, or PHYS 210 are recommended.

(2) Restricted Lab Science electives – Recommended courses – BIOL 206, BIOL 207, BIOL 237, BIOL 240, BIOL 241, BIOL 252, BIOL 255, BIOL 260, BIOL 290, CHEM 205, PHYS 140, PHYS 143 PHYS 146, PHYS 210.