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Environmental Sciences Biology Track

Degree Offered: Associate in Science

Credits Required: 60/61 (2017-2018 Academic Year)

The backpack icon indicates that this particular CCBC major is a Pennsylvania Transfer and Articulation Center (TAOC) approved Associate Degree program. For more information visit, www.PAcollegetransfer.com.

Environmental Science unites a number of disciplines in order to understand the biologic, hydrologic, geologic, and atmospheric components of the Earth and the role of human beings on the Earth.

Graduates are able to transfer to a four-year institution where they can major in areas such as Ecology, Forestry, Horticulture and Agriculture, and Sustainable Resource Management.

Program Outcomes:  

Graduates will be able to

  1. Effectively utilize the scientific method and to critically analyze scientific literature to address a biological question.  
  2. Acquire a broad-based fundamental knowledge of biological principles spanning the hierarchy of biological systems--chemical, molecular, cellular, organismal, and population/community.  
  3. Develop a set of quantitative and technical skills that will enable them to be successful contributors to science and society.  

 

Curriculum - 1st Year

First Semester - 17/18 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BIOL 101General Biology I 4.00
CHEM 101General Chemistry I 4.00
CIST 100Introduction to Information Tech 3.00
WRIT 101English Composition 3.00
 TAOC Category Three - 3/4 credits 

Second Semester - 15 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BIOL 102General Biology II 4.00
CHEM 102General Chemistry II 4.00
 TAOC Category Three - 4 credits 
 TAOC Category Six (LITR) 

Curriculum - 2nd Year

Third Semester - 14 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BIOL 215Microbiology 4.00
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I 4.00
COMM 201Public Speaking 3.00
PSYC 101General Psychology 3.00

Fourth Semester - 14 Credits

CodeTitleCredits
BIOL 210Genetics 4.00
CHEM 202Organic Chemistry II 4.00
PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy 3.00
PHIL 110Introduction to Ethics 3.00
SOCI 101Principles of Sociology 3.00

Course Descriptions

BIOL 101 - General Biology I

The science of biology with emphasis on cellular physiology, cell structure, mitosis, and meiosis, basic genetics development, and organismic biology. 3-2-4

CHEM 101 - General Chemistry I

This course involves an understanding of the principles of measurement, chemical equations, stoichiometry, atomic structure, chemical bonding, periodic relationships, and the chemistry of the common elements. Prerequisites: Appropriate placement score or 1 year high school chemistry with the appropriate letter grade or Corequiste: MATH129 or MATH130. 3-2-4

CIST 100 - Introduction to Information Tech

A computer course designed to introduce students to personal computers. Topics include basic concepts of computer operations, storage media, software categories, Windows operating system, computer communication devices, and Internet. The course also includes introduction to Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Honors Option Available Introduction to Information Technology honors introduces concepts related to global computing concepts together with MicroSoft Office to develop documents, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Through a series of projects students will learn how to develop integrated applications correlated other honors courses. 3-0-3

WRIT 101 - English Composition

Students will practice expository writing and learn the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of an academically sound and challenging thesis and resulting essay. The mechanics of writing will be reviewed as needed. Pre-requisite: Placement testing; successful completion of DEVS012 Reading and DEVS015 Introduction to College Writing if required, permission of the Division Director. Honors Option Available English Composition Honor students will practice expository and persuasive discourse in writing and learning the academic form of the essay and research paper. Students will focus on the development of a sound thesis for projects concerning topics of global or international significance. 3-0-3

BIOL 102 - General Biology II

This is a continuation of Biology 101 with emphasis in taxonomy, organismal biology, evolution and ecology. 3-2-4 Prerequisite BIOL101

CHEM 102 - General Chemistry II

This is a continuation of CHEM101 with special emphasis on chemical reaction, chemical thermodynamics, kinetics, equilibrium, electro chemistry, acid base chemistry, and reduction oxidation reactions. General concepts of organic chemistry will also be reviewed. Prerequisite: CHEM101 3-2-4

BIOL 215 - Microbiology

Microscopic forms of life are considered with emphasis on bacteriology as it applies to numerous areas in industry, health, and sanitation. Laboratory activities consist of staining and culturing techniques as are used in identification of various organisms and analysis of water, food, and dairy products. The microscope will be used for observation of microbes. Prerequisite: BIOL102 or BIOL115 or BIOL202 3-2-4

CHEM 201 - Organic Chemistry I

This course examines the structure, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature, of functional groups, conformational analysis of acyclic and cyclic molecules, stereochemistry, as well as mechanistic and chemical reactions for various classes of organic molecules (alkanes, alkenes, alkynes). This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-relalted disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM102. 4-4-4

COMM 201 - Public Speaking

The emphasis is on speech preparation and delivery in a variety of speaking experiences designed to improve the speaker’s capability through the application of correct speech practices. Honors Option Available Public Speaking Honors emphasizes speech preparation, and delivery, with special attention paid to crafting effective academic and professional presentations on global and international issues. Speeking experiences and presentations will be designed by individuals and groups and presented to the CCBC community, the public and other appropriate audiences. 3-0-3

PSYC 101 - General Psychology

This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics include the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion and psychological disorders. 3-0-3 Honors Option Availaible This course examines the scientific study of behavior and mental processes and provides a survey of the major areas of psychology. Important topics and findings from psychology are reviewed. Topics included the role of science in the study of behavior, the biological foundations of behavior, learning, information processing, stress and health, social interaction, development, motivation, emotion, and psychological disorders. 3-0-3

BIOL 210 - Genetics

This course studies patterns of hereditary transmission from parent to offspring. Classical genetics as well as molecular genetics will be discussed. Laboratory investigations will demonstrate basic genetic crosses, radiation effects on the genetic material, and the chromosome pattern of man. Prerequisite: BIOL101 or BIOL115 or BIOL201 3-2-4

CHEM 202 - Organic Chemistry II

This course continues to describe the structures, reactivity and chemical properties of organic molecules. Specific topics of study include nomenclature of complex molecules, analysis of spectroscopic data, and description of aromatic molecules using molecular orbital theory, describing multistep syntheses and predicting products of chemical reactions and relating organic chemistry to biomolecular systems. This course is intended for students who are majoring in science or health-related disciplines and are intending to transfer to a 4 year institution. Prerequisite CHEM201. 4-4-4

PHIL 101 - Introduction to Philosophy

This is a survey course designed to encourage the student to rediscover philosophical issues of historical importance and to develop philosophical techniques. 3-0-3

PHIL 110 - Introduction to Ethics

This course provides an introduction to problems of moral philosophy. First we examine the problems intrinsic to making judgments which include value claims (as opposed to facts). Second, we examine the historical solutions to these problems and the ethical theories that they give rise to. Finally, we seek to apply these abstract ethical theories to a variety of particular contemporary moral issues. 3-0-3

SOCI 101 - Principles of Sociology

This course provides the student with a general survey of the theories, concepts and research methods utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of the social behavior, group processes, and institutional structure of contemporary societies. 3-0-3 Honors Option Available This is an honors course which provides the student with a general survey of the theories, concepts, and research methods utilized in the field of sociology which contribute to a basic understanding of the social behavior, group processes, and institutional structure of contemporary societies. All students enrolled in this course will be required to participate in a required class activity which explores the relationship between the process of globalization and the social world. 3-0-3