Environmental Science

Environmental Science

A.S.

The 60-credit Environmental Science A.S. degree program prepares you to transfer as a junior to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree in environmental science or an array of life science disciplines ranging from botany to biochemistry to zoology.

As a student in this A.S. degree program, you will complete the Environmental Science Curriculum (28 credits), one Biology Electives (4–5 credits), and the General Education Curriculum (28–29 credits) for a credit total of 60.

Full-time schedule recommendation

See how to schedule your classes each semester to complete your degree in two years.

Full-Time Recommended Course of Study

Part-time schedule recommendation

Recommendations for a part-time schedule are included in the Environmental Science Program Planning Guide (see below).

2022-2023 Required Courses

Environmental Science Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
BIOL 1117
Environmental Science (with lab)
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 03, 10
Introduces students to fundamental concepts in ecology focusing on human impact and exploitation of the environment stressing the limits of the biosphere with respect to resources, energy, and pollution. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers and films. One semester credit of lab includes field trips and analysis of factors using the campus landscape. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard J1, J2 a, b, c, d, e, f, J3, J4 J5, J6, H1 a, b, c, H2 a, b, H3 a, b, c, d, H4 a, b, H5 a, b, H6 a, b, H7 a, b, c, d.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1154
Principles of Biology I
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces important biological principles and is intended for biology and biology-related majors. This course is the first of a 2-semester course series and, also serves as a prerequisite for other biology courses that are part of the Biology Transfer Pathway. There is an emphasis on molecular and cellular levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include chemistry of cells, cell structure and function, metabolism, genetics, and evolution. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry where students learn to propose and test hypotheses, as well as analyze, synthesize and communicate results. Students also learn the proper use of microscopes and the safe handling of chemicals, tools and other lab equipment while conducting hands-on experiments. Prereq: Requires one year HS chemistry or a college chemistry course.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 1155
Prinicples of Biology II
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces important biological principles and is intended for biology and biology-related majors. It is the second of a 2-semester course series and, also serves as a prerequisite for several other subsequent biology courses that are part of the Biology Minnesota State Transfer Pathway (AS-P). There is an emphasis on organism to ecosystem levels of biology surrounding the core theme of evolution. Topics include the origin of life, population evolution, phylogenetic classification, ecology, and biodiversity. Labs emphasize the process of scientific inquiry where students study organisms, their comparative anatomy, and their interrelationship with the environment through research projects. Lab exercises involve individual and group work in campus lab facilities and field studies off-campus. Students will gain hands-on experience in the safe handling and use of living and preserved organisms as well as laboratory instruments and equipment.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2306
General Ecology
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to the fundamentals of ecology, focusing on the study of organisms in relation to their physical and biological environment. The course includes a survey of individual, population, community, and ecosystem level ecology. Theoretical, empirical and applied ecology will be discussed. Activities may include discussion, group activities, guest speakers, films and field trips. Labs will reinforce lecture content and provide students with research skills including use of primary literature, experimental design, data analysis and interpretation. Prereq: BIOL 1154 (required) MATH 1103 (recommended).

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

CHEM 1061
Principles of Chemistry I
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Includes study of basic chemical theory and application with emphasis upon atomic theory and structure, chemical bonding, inorganic chemical nomenclature, chemical reactions, reaction stoichiometry, periodic relationships, molecular structure, properties of gases and the kinetic molecular theory. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis, and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required. Prerequisites: MATH 0940 with a grade of "C" or higher OR higher level placement, either within the last 2 years. Recommended: CHEM 1010 or a full year of advanced high school chemistry within the last 2 years and with a grade of "C" or higher.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

CHEM 1062
Principles of Chemistry II
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Continues CHEM 1061 with emphasis on properties of liquids and solids, properties of aqueous solutions, principles of kinetics, acid-base concepts, solution chemistry applied to chemical equilibria of weak electrolytes, electrochemistry, basic concepts of thermodynamics and nuclear chemistry. The lab component of this course provides the student with the opportunity to apply chemical concepts through observation, data collection, quantitative measurement, problem analysis and mathematical applications to chemistry. Approved safety goggles and a lab apron are required.

Prerequisites:

  • CHEM 1061 Principles of Chemistry I

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

Total Credits in Environmental Science Curriculum 27

Biology elective (choose one)

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
Choose from the following
4-5



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

BIOL 2303
Genetics
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces students to major concepts in Mendelian, molecular and population genetics. Experiments with viruses, bacteria, insects and plants highlight the study of gene expression, recombination, gene mapping, chromosome analysis and population genetics. Includes discussion of current societal, ethical, and political issues relevant to genetics and covers new discoveries and current directions in molecular genetics. Lecture hours include a weekly recitation. Students will gain hands-on experience in the safe handling, growth, maintenance and manipulation of model organisms.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2205
Microbiology
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Surveys microbial groups, microbial cell structure, nutrition, growth, control of growth, metabolism, genetics, evolution, epidemiology, infection, transmission and pathogenesis, and interactions with host organisms. Through hand-on experience, students will develop competence in in microscopy, aseptic technique, as well as in culturing, staining, enumeration, identification, isolation, safe handling and biochemical testing of microorganisms. Intended for students pursuing careers in nursing or similar health professions. This course aligns with American Microbiology Society curriculum guidelines as well as the test plan for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

BIOL 2305
Principles of Microbiology
5

Course Outline
Credits: 5
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 03
Introduces the fundamental principles of microbiology with a survey of prokaryotic, eukaryotic, and viral microorganisms. Lecture covers microbial cell structure, nutrition, growth, control of growth, metabolism, genetics, evolution, epidemiology, infection, transmission and pathogenesis, and interactions with host organisms. Antimicrobial resistance and other relevant current issues will be discussed, as well as real-world applications, including food and beverage production. Experiments in lab will develop student competence in in microscopy, aseptic technique, as well as in culturing, staining, enumeration, identification, isolation, safe handling and biochemical testing of microorganisms. This course is intended for students majoring in biology & the sciences, including professional (pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-vet, pre-grad, etc). This course aligns with American Microbiology Society curriculum guidelines.

Prerequisites:

  • BIOL 1120 Exploring Biology
  • BIOL 1154 Principles of Biology I
  • BIOL 1154 General Biology: From Cell to Organism

Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Biology elective (choose one) 4-5

General Education Curriculum

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

COMM 1100
COMM 1110
Interpersonal Communication    OR

Public Speaking
3

Interpersonal Communication
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Public Speaking
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Is the introductory study of the theory and practice of public speaking. Public presentation skills are required for individuals to be successful in our workplaces, communities and many other contexts in today's society. Students will learn about the different types of public speeches commonly encountered and learn how to research, organize and write their ideas into clear and understandable forms of public communication. Students will also practice the delivery skills needed to present ideas effectively. Students will be required to speak and participate often and will also be required to present their speeches in a classroom setting with an audience of their peers and an instructor.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
MATH 1118 College Algebra I or higher
4



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 5)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6)
3



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (Any MnTC Goal Area)
11-12



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in General Education Curriculum 28-29
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.

Recommended Elective Courses

Should be tailored to specific major track and transfer university:
  • English Composition (ENG 1111, 1114 or 1130)
  • Higher level math courses, such as Pre-calculus or Calculus
  • PHIL 2130 Environmental Philosophy (Goal 9)
  • ECON 1106 Principles of Microeconomics (Goal 5, 8)
  • Geography1106 Principles of Microeconomics (Goal 5, 8)
  • POLS 1141 Environmental Politics (Goal 5, 10)
  • Organic Chemistry I and II
  • GIS
  • Geology
  • Geography