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Environmental Science is the study of physical and biological properties that make up the environment and their relationship to living organisms on the planet.  

This area of study is an interdisciplinary field that combines foundational knowledge in a variety of earth sciences. 

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Learning the Complex Systems of our World

As society explores new ways to live sustainably on the planet, research and creative solutions will build upon knowledge of natural systems.

Environmental scientists apply mathematic and scientific principles to solve environmental issues and develop ways to reduce, correct, or prevent damage to the environment.

Clark's program provides opportunities to take classroom theory and apply it in the real world. Students participate in classroom lab projects or field research and experimentation in the scenic areas that make up the Pacific Northwest.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for environmental scientists vary depending on industry and exist in a variety of formats: environmental specialist, industrial ecologist, environmental compliance inspector, and geoscientist.

According to The U.S Department of Labor, employment projections forecast environmental scientist jobs growing at a rate of 10%, with a median wage in the Portland-Vancouver metro area estimated at $36.86 per hour.

Clark’s program offers an Associate in Science Transfer degree (AST1) designed for students planning to transfer to a four-year institution to pursue a bachelor's degree program in environmental science. The statistics listed are estimates based on a bachelor’s degree and above.

Degree Options

Environmental Science
Environmental scientists apply mathematics and scientific principles to solve environmental problems. They develop ways to reduce, correct, or prevent damage to the environment.

Following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts or Science degree at a four-year institution of the student's choice, several avenues of employment or advancement are open. A few of these are:
  • Environmental engineering

  • Environmental law

  • State and federal wildlife agencies

  • Environmental science teaching at the elementary or secondary level

  • Environmental research scientist

  • Environmental planning/policy analyst

  • Nonprofit environmental organizations
Environmental Science is a highly interdisciplinary field; students interested in careers in the Environmental Sciences will need a fundamental understanding of a variety of sciences and social sciences. Depending on specific career objectives, students pursuing a four-year degree in Environmental Science may want to emphasize additional coursework in such fields as Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Oceanography, or the Atmospheric Sciences. Students planning careers in Environmental Studies, Environmental Regulation and Policy, or Regional Planning may want to emphasize additional coursework in the Social Sciences, Business, or Economics.
Environmental Science (AST1)
This is a suggested program for the first two years of major study in Environmental Science. Lower-division course requirements will vary depending on the transfer institution. Contact an advisor at the transfer institution to determine required coursework as early as possible.
General Education Requirements
Communication Skills (5 credits required)
ENGL&101
ENGLISH COMPOSITION I
5 cr.
Quantitative Skills (10 credits required)
MATH&151
CALCULUS I
5 cr.
MATH&152
CALCULUS II
5 cr.
Health & Physical Education (3 credits required)
 
Humanities & Social Sciences (15 credits required)
ENVS 231
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
5 cr.
or POLS 231
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
5 cr.
Humanities List A
5 cr.
Humanities or Social Sciences
5 cr.
Pre-Major Program Requirements
BIOL&221
MAJORS ECOLOGY/EVOLUTION
5 cr.
BIOL&222
MAJORS CELL/MOLECULAR
5 cr.
BIOL&223
MAJORS ORGANISMAL PHYS
5 cr.
CHEM&141
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
4 cr.
CHEM&142
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
4 cr.
CHEM&143
GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
4 cr.
CHEM&151
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
1 cr.
CHEM&152
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
1 cr.
CHEM&153
GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
2 cr.
MATH 203
DESCRIPTIVE STATISTICS
3 cr.
MATH 204
INFERENTIAL STATISTICS
3 cr.
Program Requirements
ENGL&102
ENGLISH COMPOSITION II
5 cr.
or
ENVS&101
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
5 cr.
ENVS 221
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE: PROBLEM SOLVING
5 cr.
GEOL 102
INTRO TO GEOL II: EARTH'S SURFACE PROCESSES
5 cr.
or PHYS&241
ENGINEERING PHYSICS I
4 cr.
and PHYS&231
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB I
1 cr.
Suggested Electives
GEOL&101
INTRO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
5 cr.
or PHYS&242
ENGINEERING PHYSICS II
4 cr.
and PHYS&232
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB II
1 cr.
or PHYS&243
ENGINEERING PHYSICS III
4 cr.
and PHYS&233
ENGINEERING PHYSICS LAB III
1 cr.
SURV 125
INTRODUCTION TO GIS
3 cr.
Total Required Credits: 90 minimum
Program Outcomes
Program outcomes are overarching skills that are emphasized and reinforced throughout several courses in a specific program; they are measurable statements that define what students should know or be able to do by the end of a certificate or degree at Clark College. After successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
  • Apply scientific methodologies to develop and answer questions about the natural world.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the derivative as an instantaneous rate of change and the definite integral as a limit of a sum.
  • Analyze and solve multi-step problems using techniques through single-variable calculus.
  • Acquire scientific information from appropriate sources to analyze issues, claims or situations.
  • Apply a method of scientific inquiry, valid to the natural sciences, to evaluate claims about the natural world. (GE)
  • Articulate well-considered ideas and written claims to an academic audience, using effective rhetorical techniques, properly credited evidence, and a command of Standard English. (GE)
  • Demonstrate progress toward healthier behaviors. (GE)
  • Interpret the human experience, within appropriate global and historical contexts, through evaluation, analysis, creation, or performance. (GE)
  • Obtain, evaluate, and ethically use information. (GE)
  • Analyze patterns of power, privilege, and inequity in the United States. (GE)
  • Evaluate, analyze, and explain events, behaviors, and institutions using perspectives and methods in the Social Sciences. (GE)
  • Apply communication theory to demonstrate effective oral communication skills.(GE)
  • Demonstrate and clearly explain an effective strategy to solve a quantitative problem. (GE)