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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.

PROGRAM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS
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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS*  

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

BIOL 102 Orientation to Environmental 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 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
MATH 135 Elementary Statistics 4
PHYS 145 Introductory Geology 4
PHYS 210 Fundamentals of GIS 4
  (1) Math Elective 4
  (2) Restricted Lab Science Elective 4
  (3) Social Science Elective 3
  (4) Restricted Electives 6
  Total Credits Required 60

*or specific course equivalents as approved by department chairperson.

(1) Math Elective: Any 4 credit math course, MATH 150 or above

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

(3) Course must be designated as both "SUNY General Education Social Science" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences Social Science"course.

(4) Courses must be designated as both "SUNY General Education" and "HVCC Liberal Arts and Sciences" courses. In addition, 2 of the following General Education categories must be satisfied: AR, WC, OC or FL.

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR FULL-TIME STUDY
First Term
BIOL 150 General Biology I 4
BIOL 210 Ecology 4
ENGL 101 English Composition I 3
  Math Elective 4
  Term Total 15
Second Term
BIOL 102 Orientation to Environmental Sciences 1
BIOL 151 General Biology II 4
CHEM 110 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 102 English Composition II OR 3
ENGL 104 English Composition II: Writing About Literature
MATH 135 Elementary Statistics 4
  Term Total 16
Third Term
CHEM 111 General Chemistry II 4
PHYS 145 Introductory Geology 4
PHYS 210 Fundamentals of GIS 4
  Social Science Elective 3
  Term Total 15
Fourth Term
BIOL 215 Environmental Science 4
  Restricted Lab Science Elective 4
  Restricted Elective 3
  Restricted Elective 3
  Term Total 14