This program is designed for students who have an active interest in environmental problems. The goal of the program is to provide a strong background in science, allowing students to be sensitive and knowledgeable about the complex environmental issues facing contemporary society. It is designed to accommodate varied interests and future plans of the student and is suitable for transfer to upper-division programs in Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Interdisciplinary Studies, Education, and other curricula.
Graduates of the Environmental Studies – AS will have demonstrated:
Knowledge of a variety of environmental issues from varying perspectives,
Knowledge of the principles of chemistry and mathematics,
The ability to conduct scientific experiments using the scientific method,
The ability to work safely and effectively in a laboratory environment and in the field, using a variety of equipment,
The critical thinking skills necessary to draw conclusions from scientific data.
Graduates will also:
Be able to speak and write effectively about environmental issues,
Transfer to a four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies or environmental science.
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General Education Requirements
In pursuing post-secondary education, students are expected to gain a mastery of their subject of choice, be it in the liberal arts, sciences, or one of a number of professional disciplines. However, it is also one of the primary purposes of post-secondary education to broaden a student’s perspective of the world. This involves exposure to new ideas, challenges to established or previously-held viewpoints, and introduction to unfamiliar and exciting ways of looking at and dealing with thought. It is through this exposure to a broader general education that students establish skills that provide a foundation for further study and work. Such skills include critical thinking, analysis of an argument, appropriate methodological approaches, diversity in understanding, incorporation of technology, and fundamental work habits. Such a foundation also gives students a framework against which they can better understand and appreciate their chosen field of study.
It was in this spirit that the SUNY Board of Trustees approved a General Education requirement in December 1998. This requirement calls for at least thirty (30) credits of study in different key academic areas for all students who are to graduate from a SUNY institution with a baccalaureate degree. To that end, SUNY has established the following ten Student Learning Outcomes:
Learning Outcome 1
Learning Outcome 2
Learning Outcome 3
Learning Outcome 4
Learning Outcome 5
Learning Outcome 6
Other World Civilizations
Learning Outcome 7
Learning Outcome 8
Learning Outcome 9
Learning Outcome 10
In addition to these, successful degree candidates must also demonstrate competency in two areas:
Critical Thinking (Reasoning)Information Management
A Student Learning Outcome in Critical Thinking is included in each General Education course for which credit is awarded for Student Learning Outcomes two through seven (2-7) and Student Learning Outcome 10. Information Management is taught across the curriculum.
SUNY General Education requirements initially took effect for all students who began their studies in the Fall of 2000 or later. In 2010, the SUNY Board of Trustees amended General Education requirements and, in 2013, further included specific recommendations for their implementation to community colleges that are intended to facilitate seamless student transfer to SUNY 4-year institutions. SUNY Sullivan is committed to assisting its students in meeting the current General Education requirements stipulated by SUNY. Toward that end, SUNY SULLIVAN requires that each student who graduates with an Associate in Arts (AA) degree or an Associate in Science (AS) degree complete thirty credits in a minimum of seven of the ten General Education areas and demonstrate competency in critical thinking and information management. In terms of practical application this policy requires that each AA and AS degree recipient will have demonstrated:
Knowledge and skills in two required areas, Basic Communication and Mathematics;
Knowledge and skills in five of the following eight areas: Natural Science, Social Science, American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, Humanities, the Arts, and Foreign Languages; and
Competency in two required areas, Critical Thinking and Information Management.