Environmental Science

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The Environmental Science curriculum includes courses in environmental biology, chemistry, geology, and physics, as well as hands-on laboratory experience. Students will develop skills in data collection, analysis, and interpretation, as well as critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication.

Graduates of the program will be prepared for entry-level positions in environmental science or to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a higher degree in a related field. The program also emphasizes the importance of sustainability, conservation, and environmental justice in addressing current environmental challenges.

What is Environmental Science?

Environmental science is the interdisciplinary study of the physical, biological, and social aspects of the natural world and their interactions. It encompasses a broad range of topics, including ecology, biology, chemistry, geology, physics, and social science, to understand and address environmental issues such as climate change, pollution, resource depletion, and biodiversity loss. Environmental scientists use scientific methods to collect data, analyze information, and develop strategies to manage and protect natural resources and the environment. Their work is essential in promoting sustainable practices and ensuring the well-being of both humans and the planet.

Is Environmental Science Right for Me?

A degree in environmental science can benefit a wide range of individuals who are passionate about the environment and want to make a positive impact on the planet. People who have a strong interest in science, ecology, and sustainability, and who enjoy problem-solving and critical thinking, can thrive in this field. Ultimately, anyone who wants to make a difference in the world by promoting sustainable practices and protecting the environment can benefit from an environmental science degree.

There are several key traits and skills that can help you succeed in studying environmental science including:

  • Passion for environmental issues and a desire to make a positive impact on the
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong data analysis skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • A curiosity about the natural world and a willingness to learn about different scientific disciplines

Environmental Science Degree

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Environmental Science is the study of major global, regional and local environmental issues, impacts and potential solutions. This program explores the relationship between human actions, environmental impacts and effects on human populations.
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Careers in Environmental Science

An associate degree in environmental science can prepare graduates for entry-level positions in a variety of industries related to environmental conservation, sustainability, and natural resources management. Some common career paths for graduates with an associate degree in environmental science include:

  • Environmental technician
  • Conservation technician
  • Natural resources specialist
  • Environmental compliance specialist
  • Environmental health and safety technician

Graduates may work in government agencies, non-profit organizations, private companies, or research institutions, depending on their specific interests and skills. With further education and experience, graduates may also advance to higher-level positions in their field or pursue careers in related areas such as environmental law, policy, or engineering.

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Transfer to a University

Graduates with an Associate in Arts for Transfer or an Associate in Science for Transfer from Bakersfield College may choose to continue their education at a university to earn a 4-year degree. Students with an Associate in Arts/Science for Transfer degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing somewhere in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community major. See your Counselor and/or a Transfer Specialist for specific questions, options, and opportunities.

Academic Department: Biology

Career & Learning Pathway: STEM Pathway

Courses: Biology (BIOL)


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