Environmental Science

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) - (IGETC for STEM) AS893
Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The ADT in Environmental Science introduces the concepts and principles upon which environmental knowledge is based including the biological, chemical, and physical concepts underlying scientific theory and application to environmental issues. Students will develop skills for critical/analytical thinking, perceptive reading/observation and interpretation to apply to environmental concerns affecting our everyday lives. The AS-T in Environmental Science provides students with a core curriculum to develop key skills for applying biological, physical and chemical principles to the study of the environment and developing solutions to environmental problems.

Environmental Science - ADT (CSU and UC) 2-year plan

0-21 units
Cemistry 3 or Math Prep* for Math 1A 4
Fall/Spring Units
English 1A/1AH 4
Chemistry 1A/1AH  5
Mathematics 1A* 5
Communication 1 or 9 3
22-40 units
Fall/Spring Units
Biology 60  5
English 1B/1BH  4
Math 12 or Psychology 48 or Sociology 48 4
Anthropology 2 or Psychology 1 3
Political Science 1  3
41-62 units
Fall/Spring Units
Biology 19 3
Biology 61 or Chemistry 1B 5
History 15 3
Physics 2A or 4A 4
Economics 8 3
Geography 1 & 1L or Geology 1 & 1L 4
63-76+ units
Fall/Spring Units
Art History 6 or Theater Arts 3 or Music 25 3
Foreign Language (or two years of high school foreign language) 4-5
Physics 2B or 4B 4
History 1 or 2 3


Milestones are courses, co-curricular activities and recommendations from your Student Success Team that will keep you on track towards completion of your degree. Check off your milestones as you complete them.
  • Complete English 1A (transfer-level English) 
  • Complete transfer-level math
  • Complete entry level course (Bio-19)
  • Apply to Universities (CSU/UC application period Oct 1-Nov 30)
  • Apply for ADT degree by beginning of spring term before transfer
  • Complete RCC Graduation application (during your last term)
  • Meet with your Counselor to Complete your Comprehensive Student Education Plan (SEP)
  • Complete FAFSA (Oct 1st - Mar 2nd for priority)
  • Meet with Faculty Advisor for career/research opportunities
  • Meet with your Counselor to update SEP (every semester)
  • Meet with your Counselor for pre-graduation check
  • Research potential clubs on campus 
  • Participate in tutoring, student success workshops or supplemental instruction
  • Visit the Career Center for Internship opportunities
  • Research transfer institutions
  • Attend Transfer workshops and Transfer Fair
  • Participate in an internship/ job shadowing
  • Participate in a research activity (meet with Faculty Advisor)

Careers for Environmental Science Majors

Salaries Range : $38,880 - $208,000

  • Environmental Scientist
  • Conservation / Wildlife Biologist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Hydrologist
  • Agronomist
  • Climate Scientist
  • Landscape Architect