Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Cactus ImageEnvironmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and the relationships and interactions humans have with it. The program provides students with the understanding that environmental challenges face every aspect of society, and it provides them with the skills needed to help solve these complex problems through cooperation and negotiation with the different and often competing stakeholders. The program combines classroom, laboratory and field study instruction giving students a well-rounded preparation in the field of environmental studies.

The curriculum in the Environmental Studies Associate Degree program is designed to prepare students to transfer to a baccalaureate institution and complete a four year degree in an environmental related field of study, including, but not limited to, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science and Management, Environmental Policy, Energy Studies, Sustainability Studies, Conservation Biology, Ecology, and Wildlife Management. While a baccalaureate or higher degree is recommended for those considering professional careers related to this field, earning the Associate degree would demonstrate achievement and may support attempts to gain entry-level employment and promotion.

The Water Resources and Conservation Certificate provides students with an integrated background and critical knowledge of water resources and conservation issues. Students will gain skills and practical application of those skills to design, implement, and evaluate water conservation programs that address current and future water issues at a local, national, and global level. The program combines classroom, laboratory, and field study instruction providing students with a well-rounded preparation in the water resources and conservation field. The goal of the program is to train and prepare students for a career in the water field as water efficiency/conservation technicians, coordinators, or specialists, or as water resources specialists and technicians. The program will also prepare students for water conservation certification examinations administered by professional associations within the water industry.

The Sustainability Studies Occupational Skills Award is designed to provide students the opportunity to create ecologically and socially appropriate solutions to manage our human needs, impacts with the built environment, and the emerging green economy within the capacity of nature without compromising future generations. The goal is to educate students on the importance of sustainability and then train the how to become sustainable not only in their everyday lives, but in their careers as well. Students will be prepared to transfer to sustainability related programs at the university level, be at an advantage for jobs in the coming green economy, be positioned to develop new businesses and other employment opportunities, and become more engaged citizens.

The Cooperative Work Experience course (CWE 180) is a 1 or 2 unit course (student choice) in which students select an off-campus assignment at an environmental organization or business and complete individually determined objectives. These objectives include provided hands-on experience in evaluating and analyzing specific environmental issues and preparing presentations to public and private groups.  Students must complete 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit over the course of the chosen semester.  Students may earn up to 2 CWE units, which will be applied to either the AA degree in Environmental Studies or the Certificate in Ecological Restoration.  Students may also be eligible to earn CWE units with relevant volunteer or paid positions they already hold.  Please contact Matt Yurko (myurko@saddleback.edu) for further details.

For information about the Ecological Restoration Certificate please click here.

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Employment Opportunities:

U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Conservation Biology
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geologist
Risk Assessment Scientist
County Parks Ranger
State Parks Ranger
Federal Parks Ranger
Ecological Restoration Technician

With further education and experience these types of employment opportunities may be available to you:

Native Garden    Wildlife Biologist
   Environmental Educator
   Environmental Psychologist
   Environmental Planning
   Environmental Law 

For more information, please contact our staff below.

 

Morgan Barrows View profile information for Morgan Barrows Preview personal webpage for Morgan Barrows
Department Chair
Environmental Studies Professor
mbarrows@saddleback.edu
(949) 582-4624

Brittany Poloni View profile information for Brittany Poloni
Environmental Studies Sr. Lab Technician
bpoloni1@saddleback.edu
(949) 348-6169
John Richards View profile information for John Richards
Environmental Studies Professor
jrichards15@saddleback.edu
(949) 582-4579

Environmental Studies Associate Degree Program

Course ID Title Units
ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3.0
ENV 18 Introduction to Ecology 4.0
CHEM 3 Fundamental Chemistry 4.0
ENG 1A / 1AH Principles of Composition I (or I Honors) 4.0
ENG 1B / 1BH Principles of Composition II (or II Honors) 3.0
Math 10 Introduction to Statistics 3.0

Select 9-12 units from the following Restricted Electives:

ENV 6* Scarcity and Environment 3.0
ENV 16 Environmental Disasters 3.0
ENV 23 Environmental Geology 4.0
ENV 24 Natural History of California 4.0
ENV 25 Environmental Hazards to Health 3.0
ENV 30 Alternative Energy Technologies 3.0
ENV 37 Environmental Ethics 3.0
ENV 40 Environmental Law and Policy 3.0
ENV 105* Environmental Studies Internship 2.0
ENV 106 Natural Resource Conservation 3.0
ENV 123 Water and Soil Conservation 3.0
ENV 140 Water Quality and Monitoring 3.0
ENV 141 Water Resources and Management 4.0
CWE 180* Cooperative Work Experience 1.0-2.0
GEOG/GIS 110* Introduction to Geographic Information Systems 2.0

For a total of 30-33 Units

Water Resources and Conservation Certificate

Course ID Title Units
ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3.0
ENV 6* Scarcity and Environment 3.0
ENV 40 Environmental Law and Policy 3.0
ENV 105* Environmental Studies Internship 2.0
ENV 123 Water and Soil Conservation 3.0
ENV 140 Water Quality and Monitoring 3.0
ENV 141 Water Resources and Management 4.0
CWE 180* Cooperative Work Experience 1.0

For a total of 22 Units

Sustainability Studies Occupational Skills Award

Course ID Title Units
ENV 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies 3.0
ENV 6*/ ENV 37  Scarcity and Environment or Environmental Ethics 3.0
ENV 202 Green Living 2.0

Select 6 units from the following Restricted Electives:

ENV 30 Alternative Energy Technologies 3.0
ENV 106 Natural Resource Conservation 3.0
ENV 123 Water and Soil Conservation 3.0

For a total of 14 Units

*Course has a prerequisite or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog

 

For additional information about the Environmental Studies degree and programs,  please contact our staff and refer to the course catalog here.
 

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