Environmental Studies

Environmental issues are among the most urgent facing our society. These issues have broad implications for economics, politics, business, and social welfare. Our ability to affect the environment causes changes in the quality of life of people around the world and threatens the existence of many species.

The environmental studies degree is a liberal arts program that provides you with a broad background in science, math, social sciences, and the humanities. You will develop the ability to understand concepts related to the environment and our effect on it, and to solve practical problems and find better ways of meeting complex environmental issues. The environmental studies degree is designed to prepare you for transfer to a related bachelor’s degree program.

Field Work

Field work is an integral part of this program. You may choose between studying at local or off-campus sites. Locally, the Tompkins Cortland Community College campus is situated in a geologically interesting mixed hardwood ecosystem. Within a short driving distance, you can study lakes, bogs, streams, and a variety of terrestrial systems. You may participate in the ongoing development of the nature study area on campus, visit important environmental areas maintained by Cornell University, or take advantage of courses offered in Costa Rica and the Adirondacks.

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A degree in environmental studies prepares you for careers in environmental law, resource management, teaching, conservation, park management, environmental risk assessment, hazardous materials management, and for work as an environmental specialist, consultant, or policy analyst with government agencies and other organizations.

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Program Chair

Kelly Wessell

Kelly Wessell, Ph.D.

Professor, Biology

Kelly received his Ph.D. in aquatic entomology from Michigan State University. His research interests include bioassassment of large river ecosystems and non-point source pollution of streams, but his passion is teaching. Kelly is the Environmental Studies Chairperson and regularly teaches ecology, evolution, and biodiversity courses for science majors and non-majors.

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Transfer Options

The Environmental studies degree provides a foundation for transfer to a bachelor's degree program through general education, science, and environmental studies courses. Students may transfer to related bachelor's degree programs at many four-year institutions including:

  • Binghamton University
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Ithaca College
  • University of Delaware
  • University of New England

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 61 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD103, Entrepreneurship I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 103.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS121, Introduction to Spreadsheets, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
CAPS131, Introduction to Databases, 1 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit Liberal Arts Elective. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
MATH109, Statistical Literacy Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH120, College Algebra Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH200, Statistics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH201, Calculus I Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 1 credit from the courses listed below:
CAPS@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ACCT101, Principles of Accounting I, 4 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD108, Sales and Sales Management, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 108.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
A SUNY GEN ED Natural Sciences course, or ENVS 102 - Technology and the Environment, is recommended.
ASTR@
BIOL@
CHEM@
CSCI@
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
GEOL@
METR@
PHSC@
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Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16
ACCT102, Principles of Accounting II, 4 cr.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD201, Business Law I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 201.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD207, Entrepreneurship II, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 207. BUAD 207 is only offered in the Fall semester. It is also occasionally offered in the Summer.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD208, Principles of Management, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 208.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL204, Fundamentals of Interpersonal Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15
BUAD204, Principles of Marketing, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 204.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD212, Quality Customer Service, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 212.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
BUAD264, Entrepreneurial Internship, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in BUAD 264.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
If a BUAD Elective is chosen, a minimum grade of C is required.
ACCT@
BUAD@
ECON@
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
@
Use Schedule Search for electives


SUNY General Education & Tompkins Cortland Liberal Arts courses

Note: The @ symbol represents any course number or discipline. For example, BIOL @ means any course with a Biology course prefix. An @ alone means one course in any course discipline with any course number.