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Environmental Science + (A.S.)

About the Degree
Career Information

Program Requirements  
General Education Requirements  

The Environmental Science program is designed to prepare students for employment in areas of the environment or for transfer to a four-year institution of higher learning. In this multidisciplinary program, you will learn to relate underlying scientific theory to environmental considerations affecting our everyday lives. You will gain an understanding of environmental problems and obtain the knowledge and skills to begin developing solutions.

+ This program can be completed fully online.

Environmental Science Semester Map

Students in the Environmental Science degree program may choose to pursue the STEM Studies certificate while obtaining their degree:

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Environmental Science program will be able to:

  • examine the impact of humankind on the environment from scientific, sociological, political, and economic viewpoints both locally and globally;
  • analyze scientific evidence regarding how human activities affect ecosystems;
  • address real-world environmental issues by applying methods and concepts learned in the sciences, mathematics, and humanities;
  • demonstrate academic skills required of all CCV graduates, including competency in writing, information literacy, oral communication, and quantitative reasoning; and
  • explore pathways and demonstrate preparedness for educational and career development in the student’s field of study.

The Environmental Science program is great for you if:

  • you are curious about natural and physical sciences;
  • you have good math, science, reading, writing, and communication skills;
  • you benefit from hands-on, field-based, and service learning course activities;
  • you have a passion for participating in environmental inquiry and solutions; and
  • you enjoy working in interdisciplinary teams.

Key information and advice for students in the Environmental Science program:

  • A core curriculum helps students develop key skills for applying biological, physical, and chemical principles to the study of the environment and the developing solutions to environmental problems.
  • The required Professional Field Experience  course at the end of the degree program gives students an opportunity to make connections with local environmental agencies and employers.
  • Required courses for the Environmental Science degree are offered at CCV academic centers throughout the state and in online and hybrid formats. Students can choose to do a majority of their courses online.

The Environmental Science program prepares you for careers such as:

  • Agriculture & Food Science Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Science & Protection Technician
  • Forest & Conservation Technician
  • Water and Wastewater Operator
  • Water Conservation Technician

Job outlook in Environmental Science in the state of Vermont:

For up to date Vermont labor market information, including salary information and growth projections, please visit the Economic and Labor Market Information at the Vermont Department of Labor Website.


Transfer Options:

CCV programs are designed to make transfer to a bachelor’s degree program seamless, easy, and affordable for graduates. CCV has agreements and 2+2 transfer pathways within the Vermont State College System (VSCS) and other institutions in Vermont and the region. Early planning can help you follow a clear transfer path.

Visit our transfer page for additional information.

General Education Requirements

All associate degrees include completion of general education requirements which, together with program requirements, constitute a minimum of 60 credits. In some cases program requirements also fulfill general education requirements. You may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.

See the General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees  for requirements and course choices.

Complete at least one course in each of the following:

First Semester Seminar

Introductory Written Expression - VSCS

Digital and Computing Literacy - VSCS

Mathematics - VSCS

Natural Science - VSCS

Social Science - VSCS

Arts & Aesthetics - VSCS

Humanistic Perspectives - VSCS


Research & Writing Intensive

Seminar in Educational Inquiry

VSCS- These courses meet Vermont State College System General Education Framework.

Elective: 1 credit

Minimum Total Credits in Degree: 60


* You may use a course to meet both a program requirement and a general education requirement; however, you may not use a single course to meet two general education requirements.