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Humanities and Social Sciences Division
 

An emphasis in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides students with an integrated and critical understanding of the natural environment and human interactions with it. The coursework is designed to examine the interplay between natural and social systems and the ideological foundations of humanity’s attitudes and behaviors in relation to its ever-changing environment. This program is designed to prepare students to research, analyze, and propose solutions to the myriad environmental challenges facing the world today through a well-rounded curriculum combining classroom, laboratory, and field study instruction. Students who are interested in an Environmental Science major are advised to follow the AA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in natural sciences and to work with a counselor to select major courses appropriate to their intended transfer institution.

This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

 Required Courses

AA-T/AS-T degrees are designed to facilitate transfer to four-year institutions. Mt. San Antonio College ranks in the Top 10 in transferring students to UC, CSU, and private universities. Please visit Counseling Services for information on how to transfer, workshops, activities, events, and advising.

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    • Environmental Scientists and Specialists

      Environmental Scientists and Specialists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2041.00

      Conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $69.22

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $87,555.11
      Annual Job Openings
      1,811

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Geoscientists

      Geoscientists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2042.00

      Study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the Earth. May use geological, physics, and mathematics knowledge in exploration for oil, gas, minerals, or underground water; or in waste disposal, land reclamation, or other environmental problems. May study the Earth's internal composition, atmospheres, oceans, and its magnetic, electrical, and gravitational forces. Includes mineralogists, crystallographers, paleontologists, stratigraphers, geodesists, and seismologists.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $76.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $93,790.63
      Annual Job Openings
      601

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Hydrologists

      Hydrologists

      SOC Career Code: 19-2043.00

      Research the distribution, circulation, and physical properties of underground and surface waters; and study the form and intensity of precipitation, its rate of infiltration into the soil, movement through the earth, and its return to the ocean and atmosphere.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $75.01

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $95,315.12
      Annual Job Openings
      127

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
    • Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers

      Postsecondary Environmental Science Teachers

      SOC Career Code: 25-1053.00

      Teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

      Typical Hourly Salary
      $83.90

      The figure above is based off a percentile of 90 percent. 100 mile radus icon for career resultsAll job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Top Entry-Level Education
      Chart Legend
      • Doctoral Degree Or More
      • Master's Degree
      • Bachelor's Degree
      • Associate's Degree
      • Some College
      • Certificate
      • High School Diploma Or Less
      Median Salary Earnings
      $98,498.55
      Annual Job Openings
      16,578

      Openings are regional vacancies due to growth and turnover in this career.All job data and figures based on a 100 mile radius from Mt. SAC

      Historical Wages
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  • Environmental Studies Emphasis, AA Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities and Social Sciences Division
     

    An emphasis in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that provides students with an integrated and critical understanding of the natural environment and human interactions with it. The coursework is designed to examine the interplay between natural and social systems and the ideological foundations of humanity’s attitudes and behaviors in relation to its ever-changing environment. This program is designed to prepare students to research, analyze, and propose solutions to the myriad environmental challenges facing the world today through a well-rounded curriculum combining classroom, laboratory, and field study instruction. Students who are interested in an Environmental Science major are advised to follow the AA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in natural sciences and to work with a counselor to select major courses appropriate to their intended transfer institution.

    This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

     Required Courses

    Course Prefix Course Name Units
    Choose a combination of any 3 courses 9-11
    BIOL 6
    Humans and the Environment
    BIOL 6L
    Humans and the Environment Laboratory
    GEOL 9
    Environmental Geology
    BUSC 1A
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
    or BUSC 1AH
    Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
    POLI 10
    Environmental Politics
    Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning
    Choose a minimum of three units from the following:3-5
    BIOL 1
    General Biology
    BIOL 3
    Ecology and Field Biology
    BIOL 4
    Biology for Majors
    or BIOL 4H
    Biology for Majors - Honors
    BIOL 20
    Marine Biology
    BIOL 21
    Marine Biology Laboratory
    BIOL 25
    Conservation Biology
    BTNY 3
    Plant Structures, Functions, and Diversity
    CHEM 10
    Chemistry for Allied Health Majors
    CHEM 40
    Introduction to General Chemistry
    CHEM 50
    General Chemistry I
    or CHEM 50H
    General Chemistry I - Honors
    GEOG 1
    Physical Geography
    or GEOG 1H
    Physical Geography - Honors
    GEOG 1L
    Physical Geography Laboratory
    or GEOG 1LH
    Physical Geography Laboratory - Honors
    GEOG 10
    Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
    GEOL 1
    Physical Geology
    GEOL 8
    Earth Science
    or GEOL 8H
    Earth Science - Honors
    GEOL 8L
    Earth Science Laboratory
    MATH 110
    Elementary Statistics
    or MATH 110H
    Elementary Statistics - Honors
    MATH 140
    Calculus for Business
    MATH 160
    Precalculus Mathematics
    MATH 180
    Calculus and Analytic Geometry
    METO 3
    Weather and the Atmospheric Environment
    METO 3L
    Weather and Atmospheric Environment Laboratory
    BIOL 99A
    Special Projects in Biology
    OCEA 10
    Introduction to Oceanography
    or OCEA 10H
    Introduction to Oceanography - Honors
    OCEA 10L
    Introduction to Oceanography Laboratory
    PHYS 1
    Physics
    PHYS 2AG
    General Physics
    PHYS 4A
    Engineering Physics
    PHSC 3
    Energy Science
    PHSC 9
    Physical Science
    PSYC 10
    Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
    Social Science
    Choose two of the following options:6
    ANTH 5
    Cultural Anthropology
    BUSC 1B
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics
    or BUSC 1BH
    Principles of Economics - Microeconomics - Honors
    GEOG 2
    Human Geography
    or GEOG 2H
    Human Geography - Honors
    GEOG 5
    World Regional Geography
    GEOG 30
    Geography of California
    or GEOG 30H
    Geography of California - Honors
    PHIL 12
    Introduction to Ethics
    or PHIL 12H
    Introduction to Ethics - Honors
    POLI 1
    Introduction to American Government and Politics
    or POLI 1H
    Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
    SOC 2
    Contemporary Social Problems
    or SOC 2H
    Contemporary Social Problems - Honors
    Recommended Electives
    GEOL 24
    Geologic Field Studies: Central California
    GEOL 25
    Geologic Field Studies: Southern California
    GEOL 29
    Special Topics in Field Geology
    HIST 1
    History of the United States
    HIST 4
    World History: Early Modern to the Present
    HIST 39
    California History
    Total Units18-22

     Guided Pathways of Study Suggested Course Sequence 

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