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Environmental Studies

Curriculum pathway leading to an Associate in Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences for students seeking a transfer degree to a 4-year institution:

Dean:  Dr. Edward Kremer

Academic Advisor:  Elisabeth Kasckow

Mission

Environmental issues are among the most urgent facing our society. These issues have broad implications for economics, politics, business, and social welfare. Our ability to affect the environment causes changes in the quality of life of people around the world and threatens the existence of many species.

The Environmental Studies program is a liberal arts program that provides the student with a broad background in science, math, economics, and sociology. The student will develop the ability to understand concepts related to the environment and our effect on it, and to solve practical problems and find better ways of meeting complex environmental issues.

The Environmental Studies program is designed to prepare the student for transfer to a related bachelor's degree program. The first two years of a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, for example, may be completed at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Upon successful completion of courses chosen in consultation with a KCKCC environmental studies advisor and advisors at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, students may transfer as juniors.

Students should meet with an environmental studies advisor as soon as they are admitted to Kansas City Kansas Community College. Many courses are sequential and careful selection of classes each semester is necessary to complete the program without delay.

Since the transferability of courses will vary depending on the specific four-year institution, it is strongly recommended that if students are intending to transfer to a four-year institution, they must consult with the transfer institution and with their respective KCKCC advisor before enrolling in order to determine the transferability of their courses. It is the student's responsibility to follow the transfer requirements established by his/her transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

College Requirement - All first time degree-seeking students who score 73 or above on the COMPASS reading exam are required to take HUDV0100, First Year Experience. All degree-seeking students who score below 73 on the COMPASS reading exam will take HUDV0101, Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning. (See exemptions)

Course Number
Course Title
Hours
HUDV Requirement:
HUDV0100 First Year Experience or
1
HUDV0101 Strategies for Academic Excellence/Lifelong Learning
2
Total
1-2
 
Basic Skill Requirements:
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
ENGL0102 Composition II*
3
SPCH0151 Public Speaking or
SPCH0153 Interpersonal Communication
3
Total
9
 
Humanities Requirements (from at least two of the following: Art, History, Literature, Modern Language, Music, Philosophy or Theatre)
PHIL0206 Ethics
3
  Literature Core Elective
3
Total
6
 
Social and Behavioral Science Requirements (6 credit hours from at least 2 disciplines)
ECON0201 Principles of Macroeconomics or
ECON0202 Principles of Microeconomics
3
  Social Science Core Elective
6
Total
6
 
Mathematics & Natural and Physical Science Requirements
BIOL0131 Environmental Science
3
BIOL0132 Environmental Science Lab
2
CHEM0111 College Chemistry I and Lab*
5
CHEM0120 Calculus I (Non-Engineering)**
3
Total
13
 
Total General Education Requirements
35-36
 
Environmental Studies Requirements:
BIOL0121 General Biology
5
BIOL0225 Diversity of Organisms*
5
BIOL Biology Elective
3
CHEM0112 College Chemistry II and Lab*
5
CHEM0211 Organic Chemistry I* and
3
CHEM0213 Organic Chemistry I Lab*
2
CHEM0212 Organic Chemistry II * and
3
CHEM0214 Organic Chemistry II Lab*
2
Total
28
 
Associate in Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences in Environmental Studies Degree
63-64

*See course description for prerequisite.
**Mathematics sequence is contingent upon previous high school mathematics background and transfer institution. Students should confer with an advisor to determine correct placement.