Enviromental Studies

Associate in Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5499.00 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 29579 admissions@sunyulster.edu


Program Description

The Environmental Studies Program includes comprehensive courses in biology, environmental science, mathematics, and chemistry. It also provides optional hands‐on training through available field‐based internships. Students can prepare for a variety of careers in the environmental field.

This degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs. The program affords easy transfer to schools such as SUNY ESF, SUNY Plattsburgh, and SUNY New Paltz, as well as many private institutions of higher learning.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Environmental Studies A.S. Degree program, students will be able to:

  • Master core concepts in the biological, chemical, geological, and physical sciences and math;
  • Function successfully in both the laboratory and field settings and demonstrate competency with technical equipment and research methods;
  • Apply the scientific method, both experimental and observational, to scientific problems;
  • Access and evaluate the modern scientific literature base in order to address problems and issues in science;
  • Achieve basic environmental literacy: understand complex environmental problems from various perspectives and understand the multidisciplinary nature of environmental studies;
  • Effectively communicate ideas, both written and oral;
  • Demonstrate skills needed to think critically, analytically, globally, and ethically, enhancing their performance as productive workers, leaders and citizens in a democratic society.

Employment Potential
Environmental issues remain a growth area, and graduates of the Environmental Studies program at SUNY Ulster will leave the College well placed for an expanding job market. Demand for this expertise is particularly strong in the Hudson River Valley and the Catskills Watershed Region. Graduates have found employment with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Ulster County Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Health, as well as private companies and local municipalities.

Graduates of the program will be qualified for such positions as environmental technicians, laboratory technicians, wetland field technicians, or environmental trainees. In addition, this program prepares students to pursue additional education in fields such as environmental law, environmental engineering, and biology.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions here or the Department here.

Environmental Science
To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here
Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
BIO 105 General Biology I 4
CHE 103 General Chemistry I 4
ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 170 1 Calculus I 4
Semester Credits 15
Second Semester
BIO 106 General Biology II 4
CHE 104 General Chemistry II 4
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
SCI 104 Environmental Themes 3
Semester Credits 15
Third Semester
BIO 207 General Ecology 4

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking


ESC 104

Physical Geology


HIS 101 or

HIS 102

Western Civilization I or

Western Civilization II

PHY 101 Physics I 4
Semester Credits 18
Fourth Semester
BIO 206  or
BIO 215
Genetics or General Botany 4

ECO 101 or

ECO 102

Introduction to Macroeconomics or

Introduction to Microeconomics


ESC 140

Earth's Environment


HIS 103 or

HIS 104

American History I or

American History II

Elective General Education Requirement (Arts) 3
Semester Credits 16
Total Credits 64
NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements.
1 Pre-requisite: MAT 160 with a grade C or better or high school equivalent,
In order to participate in work experience, students must earn at least a 2.0 grade-point average in the program the first year. Each case will be considered separately by program faculty.





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