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Environmental Studies

The Degree

Associate in Science (A.S.)

The Outlook

Career opportunities for Environmental Studies graduates include positions in fish and wildlife management, natural resource conservation, soil conservation, environmental consulting, land management, and environmental education. Challenging and diverse positions exist in the private sector and with government agencies such as the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Department of Health.

The Program

FLCC's Associate in Science degree program in Environmental Studies is designed to prepare students who plan to transfer to four-year institutions in pursuit of a bachelor's degree. Through classroom and field study, it provides fundamental math and science preparation, knowledge of current environmental issues, and hands-on experience in natural resource management. The program also allows students to enroll in environmental courses and begin studying within their field of interest early in their academic career.

Courses are offered in fish and wildlife; environmental conservation, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, field botany, limnology, wildlife management and other science and natural resource-related subjects.

Field work: Field trips to local fish hatcheries and wildlife refuges, work with conservation agencies, and experiences on wilderness camping trips enhance classroom studies. The Muller Conservation Field Station, located at the southern end of Honeoye Lake, and the East Hill Campus in Naples provides additional outdoor experiences.

Expeditions: Intensive ecology expedition courses to unique wilderness areas are also offered. Past trips include expeditions to the Florida Everglades, the Rocky Mountains, and East Coast maritime communities. Students have a rare opportunity to observe and study the animals, birds, plants, and geology of these natural areas. Led by FLCC professors, the itinerary for these three-credit expedition courses may include camping, backpacking, kayaking, and hiking trips.

Technology: Students have the opportunity to use industry-standard research technology such as electro-fishing equipment, water quality probes, GIS computer software, and wildlife tracking radio-telemetry devices.

Ranger School Transfer Opportunity: Through the Forest Technology 1+1 articulation agreement with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Ranger School, located in Wanakena, N.Y., you can complete one year of study at FLCC and then transfer to the Ranger School to pursue a career as a surveyor, forest ranger, or forester.

The program at FLCC will introduce you to environmental conservation and focus on the courses necessary for transfer to the Ranger School. At the Ranger School, you continue your studies using the school's impressive outdoor teaching facilities. The school has a 2,800 acre managed forest and is surrounded by New York's beautiful Adirondack Park. Graduates of the program work with private companies and public agencies such as the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Park Service.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • read, write, and integrate and analyze information from multiple resources on a topic in their major.
  • gather information from multiple resources and use computer applications.
  • speak and present before a group on a topic in their major.
  • apply their knowledge of ecological principles.
  • apply principles of mathematics to solve problems for the management of natural resources.
  • understand the impact of their behaviors on local, regional and global sustainability.
  • transfer to four-year institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees in environmental and natural science programs of study.

The Experience

FLCC has a long history of commitment to environmental education. In addition to the Environmental Studies program, the College offers associate degrees in Natural Resources Conservation, Natural Resource Conservation-Law Enforcement, Horticulture and Viticulture. To support these programs, the College's unique campus features modern technology classrooms and outdoor facilities, including wildlife observation blinds, an arboretum, and a greenhouse. The campus of more than 250 acres contains second-growth woodlands, wetland areas, streams, and fields in varied states of natural succession. All Muller Field Stationat the south end of Honeoye Lake which includes a fish culture center; and the East Hill Campus in Naples.

A.S. Environmental Studies students are encouraged to participate in science conferences by assisting with the collection and analysis of data from actual environmental field studies, preparation of reports, and presentation of research findings. The skills students develop through these activities help to strengthen confidence and communication abilities that are often required of conservation professionals.

The Graduates

Graduates of this program are prepared to transfer to pursue bachelor's degrees at institutions such as SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse, SUNY Brockport, Colorado State University, Cornell University, Rochester Institute of Technology, Utah State University, SUNY Cobleskill, and others that offer degree programs in fields related to the environment.

The Scholarships

Several scholarships are offered for students enrolled in this degree program. For more information, including application procedures and deadlines, visit our Financing your education Web page.

The Faculty

Full-time faculty within the Environmental Studies degree program offer students a wide range of expertise, both through their educational and professional backgrounds. Graduate degrees were earned at such diverse institutions as Syracuse University, Utah State University, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, Lehigh University, SUNY Brockport and the University of New Hampshire. Complementing the decades of experience teaching at the college-level, our faculty have lived and worked literally from Maine to Hawaii within the conservation field before bringing their talents to FLCC.