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Environmental Science Overview

Environmental Science

Career/Program Overview

RCTC offers an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Environmental Science, which prepares students for jobs in the environmental sciences and includes excellent internship opportunities for our students.  The program provides students with foundational coursework to transfer into four-year Bachelor of Science (BS) degree programs in environmental science-related and biological fields of study. 


Primary coursework includes:  Ecology, Biological Applications of GIS Technology, Environmental Science Internship, Survey of Life Forms, Zoology, Genetics, and Chemical Principles I & II.  General Education requirements include courses in Plant Biology, Environmental Biology, Concepts of Biology, Fundamentals of Statistics, Introduction to Sociology, Ethics, and Written and Oral Communication.

Program/Degree Options

RCTC offers an Associate in Science (AS) degree in Environmental Science.  It can be completed in two years with proper planning of science lab coursework. 

Program Start Date(s)

Students can begin general education requirements any semester.  Students can begin the program course requirements any semester.  Some courses are offered once per year, some courses every semester, and some courses every other year.  Working with an academic advisor or

Career Opportunities/Information

Graduates may seek employment opportunities as environmental science technicians, biological technicians, or forest and conservation technicians or continue their education for a wide range of opportunities and career tracks in environmental science related fields. 


Rochester Community and Technical College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

The Environmental Science program has articulation agreements to serve as the first two years of a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biology (Environmental Science option) offered at Winona State University, in Environmental Sciences at University of Minnesota-Crookston, and in Environmental Science at University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

RCTC also has an articulation agreement with Pine Island Public Schools (PIPS), to earn credit at RCTC by successfully completing AP Environmental Science at PIPS.

Additional Information

Program Website: www.rctc.edu/program/es/

Program Plan: www.rctc.edu/catalog/programs/

More Information: www.rctc.edu/contact/

Overview content updated: 2017-04-12
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