Environmental Science

Associate in Science - Transfer (AS-T)

Environmental Science

About The Program

Today’s environmental problems call for people who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in scientific and technical skills, and aware of the ecological, political, economic, and social dimensions of environmental decisions. The Associate in Science-Transfer (AS-T) degree in Environmental Science provides a foundation in basic physical, biological, and social sciences, and also addresses the human element in environmental issues. This curriculum prepares students to transfer and complete a BS or BA in an Environmental Science field for subsequent graduate study in MS, PhD, and law degree programs and careers in government agencies or the private sector. 

For a roadmap that identifies the preferred sequencing of courses and other specific recommendations from faculty, please see the corresponding program map(s):

Degree Requirements  

Pre-Major Requirements (45 credits)

BIOL& 221*  Majors Ecology/Evolution: w/Lab 5
BIOL& 222* Majors Cell/Molecular: w/Lab 5
BIOL& 223* Majors Organismal Phys: w/Lab 5
CHEM& 161* General Chemistry w/Lab I 5
CHEM& 162* General Chemistry w/Lab II 5
CHEM& 163* General Chemistry w/Lab III 5
ENVS& 100 Survey of Environmental Science
ENVS 215 Environmental Issues 5

MATH& 153*

MATH& 146

Calculus III OR

Introduction to Statistics


Recommended Electives

BIOL 130 Biodiversity of the Pacific Northwest 5
BIOL& 260 Microbiology 5
GEOG 105 Physical Geography 5
GEOL 118 Historical Geology 5
GEOL& 208 Geology of Pacific Northwest 5
OCEA& 101 Intro to Oceanography 5

Diversity and Distribution Lists are available in the Lower Columbia College Catalog located at

Total transferable credits required to earn this degree: 90 with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.  A course cannot be credited toward more than one distribution or skill area.

* It is recommended that sequence courses be completed at one institution.

Students completing this program should acquire the following skills and abilities:

  • Familiarity with the (empirical) scientific method of problem solving.
  • Perform competitively with peers at four-year institutions or professional programs.
  • Express ideas and information in writing in a format that is clear and appropriate to a science-literate audience.
  • Ability to apply various techniques and processes using information, data, and situation, to draw logical, rational and ethical and coherent conclusions.
  • Competent with numbers and graphical skills to interpret and communicate quantifiable information, and apply mathematical and statistical skills in practical and abstract contexts.

Revised August 2022 (Effective Summer 2023)


Program planning is based on information available at the time of preparation. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with their LCC advisor and for checking specific major requirements of baccalaureate institutions in the year prior to transferring. Consult the LCC catalog for LCC graduation requirements.

Most four-year universities require one year of a single foreign language as a graduation requirement.

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