Careers for students with training in environmental science are varied and diverse, and include such fields as teaching, research, and technical support.

Program Description

Pierce College's environmental science courses cover a wide range of important topics and issues, ranging from water quality to weather to environmental biology.

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

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Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.


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A university transfer degree from Pierce College satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, but at a fraction of the cost.


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.


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Program Contacts

Tom Bush
Professor & Department Coordinator - Earth & Space Sciences
Beth Norman
Earth Science Professor and Coordinator