Associate in Science (A.S.)
Career opportunities for environmental studies graduates include positions in:
- Fish and Wildlife Management
- Natural Resource Conservation
- Soil Conservation
- Environmental Consulting
- Land Management
- Environmental Education
Challenging and diverse positions exist in the private sector and with government agencies such as the:
- Department of Environmental Conservation
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- National Park Service
- Bureau of Land Management
- Department of Health
The A.S. environmental studies degree program is designed to prepare you for entrance into a baccalaureate degree program. 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.
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 Field Station, located at the southern end of Honeoye Lake, 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. As an environmental studies major, you will 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: While in the program, you will 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 will focus on the courses needed for transferring to the Ranger School. At the Ranger School, you will 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: If you have demonstrated outstanding academic ability, you will have the opportunity to take honors courses at FLCC that provide enhanced educational experiences. If you are a qualified student in this degree program or are a qualified student from another program, enrollment in honors courses is open to you. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase your 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.
FLCC has a long history of commitment to environmental education. In addition to the environmental studies program, FLCC offers associate degrees in:
- Natural Resources Conservation
- Natural Resource Conservation: Law Enforcement
- Viticulture and Wine Technology
To support these programs, FLCC'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 diverse states of natural succession.
As a student in the environmental studies program, you will be 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 you will develop through these activities will help you strengthen your confidence and communication abilities.
Graduates of this program are prepared to transfer into baccalaureate degree programs at institutions* such as:
- SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
- SUNY Colleges at Brockport and Cobleskill
- Colorado State University
- Cornell University
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Utah State University
* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which FLCC students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the educational planning and career services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.
Full-time faculty within the environmental studies degree program offer you a wide range of expertise through their educational and professional backgrounds. Graduate degrees were earned at diverse institutions such as Syracuse University, Utah State University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Lehigh University, SUNY Brockport, and the University of New Hampshire. Complementing the decades of experience teaching at the college level, the faculty members of this program have lived and worked from Maine to Hawaii within the conservation field.