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Careers for students with training in environmental science are varied and diverse, and include such fields as teaching, research, and technical support. Pierce College's environmental science courses cover a wide range of important topics and issues, ranging from water quality to weather to environmental biology.

Transfer Possibilities

Students working toward their transfer degree typically take a variety of courses designed to fulfill the general requirements of most four-year colleges and universities. Students intending to transfer to a four-year college for further training in the environmental science field are encouraged to work closely with their advisor to ensure they meet the requirements of the college they wish to attend after Pierce.

Environmental science major

Students seeking to major in environmental science are encouraged to take the following recommended courses:

  • ENVS& 100: Survey of environmental science
  • Geol& 101: Physical geology or GEOL& 110: Environmental geology
  • Biol& 211-213
  • Chem& 161-163
  • Phys& 114
  • Math& 151 and 146


  • ATMOS 101: Intro to weather
  • ENVS 140: Western water problems
  • ENVS 150: Environmental issues
  • GEOL 220: Earth resources and environment
  • NSCI 150: Nature
  • NSCI 160: Environmental biology

Contact Us

Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator

Michele LaFontaine
Science Technician/Instructor

Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences

Nicholas Handler
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science & Geography