Environmental Studies, Associate in Science

Associate in Science and Related Certificates

Goodwin College's Environmental Studies program provides an innovative multidisciplinary approach for 2-year students interested in the broad span of environmental topics while providing a strong foundation for entering the workforce or continuing into the 4-year degree program. Goodwin's program is designed to meet pressing needs in the workforce and the urban community, producing graduates who are broadly educated in issues of the environment and who can communicate effectively. The program's core consists of a unique blend of required courses supplemented by key electives, dependent upon the particular interest and needs of students. Required courses span the fields of biological, physical, computer, social and environmental sciences as well as the humanities. Course laboratory components emphasize field techniques monitoring environmental impacts associated with air, water and soil resources and their subsequent influence on flora, fauna and society.

The goal of the Environmental Studies program is to provide a broad-based contemporary program of study, which will provide the necessary technical and intellectual skill sets needed to work as an environmental technology professional in the 21st century. Based on the student's choice of electives, the program can be structured to prepare for further academic studies within the environmental disciplines.

Based on their choice of electives, students may design their own concentration to emphasize riverine ecology, water management, or environmental health.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies or Health Science can apply the majority of their credits towards this degree. Students should contact the Environmental Studies or Health Science Program Directors for more information.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills that represent competence and professionalism in the environmental science field;
  2. Apply knowledge of computer applications including basic word processing, Excel spreadsheets, internet and e-mail, as well as software related to the environmental discipline;
  3. Perform mathematics related to the field of study including applied statistics;
  4. Exemplify competence as skilled, entry-level environmental technicians;
  5. Demonstrate a knowledge of human systems and their interaction with global systems;
  6. Apply basic environmental monitoring skills in the field and laboratory; and
  7. Work with others as part of a multi-disciplinary team to resolve environmental issues.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all the general Associate graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete all Environmental Science major core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 2.0.


Associate in Environmental Studies

General Education Core - 22 Credits

ENG 101English Composition


ENG 1XXEnglish Elective


CAP 110*Computer Applications


MATH 130Mathematics for Science and Technology


BIO 121General Biology


Social Science (PSY or SOC)


Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)


*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Environmental Studies Major Core Requirements - 24 Credits

Freshman Year

ENV 103Introduction to Environmental Science


ENV 110Environmental Ethics


CHEM 110General Chemistry I


STAT 167Principles of Statistics


Sophomore Year

CHEM 111General Chemistry II


ENV 120Environmental Law and Regulations


ENV 299Environmental Studies Internship


Electives - 15 - 16 Credits

ENV 1XXElective


ENV 2XXElectives


OPEN Electives


Total Credit Hours: 61-62