Environmental Biology, Associate in Science

Program Code: 0211


Ever been told you can’t see the forest from the trees? When environmental biologists get to work, they not only look at the trees–they look at the animals, the rocks, the soil, and the air. The environmental biology pathway studies the web of living and nonliving things in an environment to understand how the whole system works. Studying environmental biology, you can later transfer to a four-year university as a junior, obtain your bachelor’s degree and work in fields like environmental engineering, forestry, wildlife preservation or national park administration.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in earning a degree in Environmental Biology. This pathway does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Science (AS) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you get your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to bachelor’s-level programs of study. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit www.itransfer.org and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 1 4
BIOLOGY 119 Environmental Biology 1 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to African-American Studies (HD) 1  
Cultural Anthropology (HD) 1  
History of Latin America (HD) 1  
African History to Colonial Period (HD) 1  
Contemporary African American Literature (HD) 1  
Women's Literature (HD) 1  
Semester 2
BIOLOGY 121 Biology I 1 5
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Semester 3
BIOLOGY 122 Biology II 2 5
CHEM 201 General Chemistry I 1 5
Fine Arts course 1 3
MATH 125 Introductory Statistics 1 4
Semester 4
CHEM 203 General Chemistry II 2 5
Humanities or Social and Behavioral Sciences course 1 3
Pathway Elective 2 4
Pathway Elective 2 3
 Total Hours60

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

BIOLOGY 122Biology II5
BIOLOGY 236Environmental Biology II4
BIOLOGY 299Special Topics In Biology (Environmental Biology Internship)3
BIOLOGY 299Special Topics In Biology (Environmental Biology Research)3
CHEM 121Basic Chemistry I4
CHEM 203General Chemistry II5
Select one of the following:6-8
College Algebra
and Plane Trigonometry
Pre Calculus 2
MCROBIO 236Applied & Environmental Microbiology4

CHEM 121 Basic Chemistry I should only be taken if the student needs it for admittance into CHEM 201 General Chemistry I.


MATH 143 Pre Calculus should only be taken if the student needs it for admittance into MATH 207 Calculus & Analytic Geometry I.

Recommended electives may vary by transfer institution. Choose your courses with your College Advisor.

Institution-specific transfer guides and agreements can be found on CCC's transfer site.