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Explore environmental science at Columbia College
The natural environment and the use of resources are increasingly significant issues—and this science-based program examines the structure and function of natural systems to help graduates create effective strategies for the resolution of environmental challenges.
Your studies at Columbia College will focus on the interactions between living organisms and the natural environment through courses in biology, ecology, chemistry, zoology and botany. Students spend time in the lab and in the field, developing practical skills in research and scientific methodology. They also examine the structure and function of natural systems for a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between living organisms and the environment.
Opportunities to study:
- Plant anatomy
- Population genetics
- Environmental chemistry
- Natural resource management
Prepare for a career in a diverse range of environmental fields
Columbia College graduates have the skills and knowledge to create effective strategies for the resolution of environmental challenges anywhere humans and nature intersect—in fields like conservation, natural resource management, soil science, agriculture or wildlife and fisheries management.
You will have the skills and knowledge to go beyond the immediate issue at hand to look toward long-term solutions through the lenses of natural resource management, policy and sustainability. In addition, your understanding of research methods and statistics for natural sciences will prepare you for advanced graduate study.
Some possible paths include:
- Environmental Education Specialist
- Conservation Biologist
- Field Technician
- Natural Resource Manager
- Water Quality Technician
- Soils Technician
Courses are offered online and in-seat at the following locations:
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- General education requirements 39-42 credit hours
- Core requirements 54 credit hours
- Electives 24 credit hours
- Total degree requirements 120 credit hours
Some courses you may take
Anatomy, physiology and taxonomy of plants. Laboratory is included. Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 112L.
Conservation biology is the science of maintaining biological diversity but it extends beyond pure science into areas such as philosophy, economics, law and sociology. This course focuses on biodiversity and how this diversity supports the functions of ecosystems. Threats to biodiversity, particularly from human actions, and strategies for maintaining biodiversity are discussed. Cross-listed as BIOL 222. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 112.
Laboratory experiences to complement BIOL320/ENVS 320. Cross-listed as BIOL 320L. Prerequisites: C or higher in BIOL 112L; C or higher in BIOL 320, ENVS 320 or concurrent enrollment. Corequisite: BIOL 320 or ENVS 320.
This is a specialized laboratory course designed to teach the laboratory and field techniques used in various fields of Environmental Science. Prerequisite: C or better in BIOL 112L.
Study of parametric and nonparametric statistics commonly used in the behavioral and life sciences. Included are analyses of relationship and variance, as well as effect sizes associated with each. Cross-listed as PSYC 224/SOCI 224. Students majoring in Biology,Psychology, or Sociology must earn a grade of C or higher. Prerequisite: Grade of C or higher in MATH 110 or MATH 150 or higher-level math course(excludes MATH 200).
Survey of animal phyla and vertebrate organ systems. Laboratory is included. Cross-listed as BIOL 353. Prerequisites: C or better in BIOL 112 and BIOL 112L.
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