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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science: Sustainability, AS (SUST-AS)

Location(s): Manchester, Northwestern Connecticut

CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • The policies, courses and programs described are applicable as of the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

The Environmental Science: Sustainability program is intended for students looking to acquire jobs or transfer to continue their studies in a variety of fields including geosciences (including hydrology, soil, and agricultural resources), energy resources, and sustainability, among others. The environmental science field has enjoyed rapid growth. Occupational employment projections indicate that job opportunities are increasing for environmental scientists. An increase in local, state and federal laws concerning environmental issues has provided increased opportunity for professionals in this field.

The emerging field of sustainable energy and sustainable resource management is spurring the growth of job opportunities as a result of the ever-increasing awareness to monitor and improve the quality of the environment, to study the effect that human activity has on terrestrial and aquatic systems, and to find ways to restore them.

Growth is also expected to be fueled by demands for waste regulation and for compliance monitoring. As the demand for oil and other fuels continues to change, recognizing the threat of increased pollution, an increasing amount of research is focusing on the development of alternate renewable and non-polluting energy sources.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all Program requirements, graduates will:

  • Develop knowledge of the scientific basis for issues affecting the environment and their impact on society as well as the role of sustainable technologies in addressing these issues.
  • Understand and be skilled at collecting, analyzing and presenting scientific data by various means including up- to-date computer technologies.
  • Be able to use the scientific method for problem solving in biology, chemistry, geology, physics and environmental sciences, and be able to use this skill to address issues related to the environment.
  • Research and assess the accuracy of appropriate information sources involving both print literature and electronic sources, including online databases and publications.
  • Communicate knowledge and understanding of environmental sciences and related societal issues in appropriate written, oral and mathematical means.
  • Demonstrate interrelationships and connections with other subject areas associated with a college-level education.
  • Use a wide array of knowledge, principles and skills acquired in laboratory, field and lecture settings for use in transferring to baccalaureate degree program or for use in seeking further training toward a technical degree.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Component.