Environmental Studies (AA Degree)

Degree Description

The Associate of Arts in Environmental Studies is designed to prepare students for entry level employment as environmental technicians and for continued academic work in an environmental field.

AGEC-A Requirements (35 credits)

All General Education coursework must be selected from approved AZ General Education Curriculum.

Course

Course Title

Hours

Composition (6 credits)

 

 

ENG 101

College Composition I

3

ENG 102

College Composition II

3

Mathematics (3 credits)

 

 

MAT 140 or higher.

College Mathematics

5

Arts/Humanities (6 credits)

 

 

ENG 238

Literature of the Southwest

3

HUM 205

Technology & Human Values

3

Social/Behavioral Sciences (6 credits)

 

 

ECN 204

Macroeconomic Principles

3

POS 233

Global Environmental Politics

3

Physical/Biological Sciences (8 credits)

 

 

BIO 105

Environmental Biology

4

CHM 151

General Chemistry I

5

Options (6 credits) 

 

 

CIS 120

Intro to Computer Info Systems

3

CPS 100

Overview of the Colorado Plateau

3

Special Requirements

 

Must be met within the General Education requirements by a minimum of 2 courses.

Intensive Writing/Critical Inquiry

"W"

Ethnic/Race/Gender Awareness

"E"

Contemporary Global/International Awareness or Historical Awareness

"C"

Degree Core Requirements (26 credits)

Course

Course Title

Hours

ANT 102 or ANT 110

Intro to Cultural Anthropology or Exploring Archaeology

3

ANT 230

Peoples of the Southwest

3

BIO 109

Natural History Southwest

4

BIO 289

Internship

3

CTM 120

Building the Human Environment

3

ENV 113

Global Environmental Issues

3

GEO 133

World/Regional Geography

3

GLG 102 or GLG 232

Historical Geology or Geology of the Colorado Plateau

4

Outcomes

The outcomes identified below define the knowledge and skill sets that graduates of this program will possess at the end of their program of study.

  • Demonstrate competence in assessing environmental parameters both in the field and in the lab.

  • Write, edit and analyze environmental documents.

  • Analyze environmental data sets through the construct of graphs, tables and mathematical modeling.

  • Work in governmental and non-governmental agencies to evaluate proposed environmentally related projects and offer solutions to potential environmental problems;

  • Communicate in a clear, articulate, unbiased manner with both professionals and non-professionals the essence of environmental controversies, hearings, speeches, documents or relevant media.

  • Develop the managerial skills necessary to deal with both ecological impacts and the human built environment.

  • Prepare students for advanced degrees in environmental studies, science, engineering or environmental justice.