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Associate of Science Degree in Integrated Environmental Studies

Associate of Science
Virginia Western Community College

The Science- Integrated Environmental Studies program prepares students to transfer to four year colleges. Students will be prepared to study environmental science, natural resource management, forestry or wildlife science.


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Program Overview & Guidance
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Program Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Is This Degree Right For Me? Do you want to provide environmental resources such as renewable energy, clean water, food and shelter for current and future generations? If you answered yes, then check out the Integrated Environmental Studies Specialization under the A.S degree in Science. Students completing this degree may transfer to Virginia Tech, Ferrum and other 4-year colleges to study environmental science, natural resource management, forestry or wildlife science. Careers such as Natural Resource Managers, Water Resource Specialists and Environmental Compliance Officers are possibilities with this pathway.
What Should I Consider When Selecting Courses

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree in environmental science, environmental biology, natural resource management, forestry or wildlife science. Classes will include hands on laboratories and field trips.

  • Create a schedule for all required courses, pay attention to prerequisites and when courses are offered, complete your first math and English courses in your first year
  • Connect with an advisor at your community college and Virginia Western Community College within your first year via College Connect
Are there other program requirements beyond specific courses? Applicants must meet the requirements for admission to credit-level coursework established by the college.
Do More With Your Degree Graduates who do not plan to transfer may pursue employment at the technical level as environmental science and protection technicians, working with natural resources, agriculture, water resources, or waste water management. Students who intend to transfer should verify specific program requirements with their four-year institution.
Program Successes & Highlights https://www.virginiawestern.edu/ie/research/student-goals/
What If I Have An Associate Degree Or Credit For Prior Learning?
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Transfer Guidance Element What You Need to Know
Associate Transfer Degree Completion To discuss how your previous degree can be incorporated into your new long term goals, please meet with an advisor.

Completion of Associate Degree Concurrent with High School
Credit for Prior Learning Yes
Did You Know That...
  • Completing your Associate transfer degree post-high school satisfies all lower division general education requirements and increases the chance of completing your bachelor's degree?
  • Exceeding 3 years or 90 credits at your community college means you may have exhausted your financial aid at that college and have limited your future financial aid at: Virginia Western Community College
College Level Information
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Number of Transfer Students
519
College Fit Guidance What You Need to Know
Is This College Right For Me? Virginia Western Community College's service region includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem, along with Roanoke County, Craig County, Franklin County, and southern Botetourt County. Virginia Western was the first college established in the VCCS, in 1966, and has grown from an initial enrollment of 1,352 to its current annual enrollment of more than 9,000 students in credit courses and more than 1,400 enrollments in fast-track career training and continuing education courses.
Transfer Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
First Year Student Catalog Year A student's catalog year is determined by their first semester of attendance in the major.
Applying for Guaranteed Admissions https://www.virginiawestern.edu/transfer/transfer-agreements/
Where Can This Degree Transfer
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This section displays degrees most closely related to this program and to which you may be able to transfer. Please click the degree name to visit that program page.
Institution Title Degree Award Name Award Level
Germanna Community CollegeScience - Environmental Science Associate of Arts & Sciences DegreeAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
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Randolph CollegeBachelor of Science in Environmental ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
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Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Science: Health Professions SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Science: Computer Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Science: Forensic Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
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Laurel Ridge Community CollegeAssociate of Science Degree in Science: Computational & Data Science SpecializationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/Computer ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/EducationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Virginia Peninsula Community CollegeAssociate of Science in Science/Math EducationAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Tidewater Community CollegeAssociate of Science - ScienceAssociateAssociate of Science2-Year
Eastern Shore Community CollegeScienceAssociateAssociate of Arts and Sciences2-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, Major in Environmental ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Science in Natural Sciences, Major in Environmental ScienceBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
The University of Virginia's College at WiseBachelor of Arts, Major in Earth ScienceBachelorBachelor of Arts4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityScience, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in BiologyBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityScience, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in ChemistryBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityScience, Bachelor of Science, with concentration in PhysicsBachelorBachelor of Science4-Year
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Careers Where This Degree Applies
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19-1031.00Conservation ScientistsManage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1043.00Forestry and Conservation Science Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in forestry and conservation science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-1031.03Park NaturalistsPlan, develop, and conduct programs to inform public of historical, natural, and scientific features of national, state, or local park.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-1031.02Range ManagersResearch or study range land management practices to provide sustained production of forage, livestock, and wildlife.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-4071.00Forest and Conservation TechniciansProvide technical assistance regarding the conservation of soil, water, forests, or related natural resources. May compile data pertaining to size, content, condition, and other characteristics of forest tracts under the direction of foresters, or train and lead forest workers in forest propagation and fire prevention and suppression. May assist conservation scientists in managing, improving, and protecting rangelands and wildlife habitats.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-1032.00ForestersManage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber's worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
19-2041.01Climate Change Policy AnalystsResearch and analyze policy developments related to climate change. Make climate-related recommendations for actions such as legislation, awareness campaigns, or fundraising approaches.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-1041.00Compliance OfficersExamine, evaluate, and investigate eligibility for or conformity with laws and regulations governing contract compliance of licenses and permits, and perform other compliance and enforcement inspection and analysis activities not classified elsewhere.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1041.06CoronersDirect activities such as autopsies, pathological and toxicological analyses, and inquests relating to the investigation of deaths occurring within a legal jurisdiction to determine cause of death or to fix responsibility for accidental, violent, or unexplained deaths.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1041.08Customs BrokersPrepare customs documentation and ensure that shipments meet all applicable laws to facilitate the import and export of goods. Determine and track duties and taxes payable and process payments on behalf of client. Sign documents under a power of attorney. Represent clients in meetings with customs officials and apply for duty refunds and tariff reclassifications. Coordinate transportation and storage of imported goods.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1041.01Environmental Compliance InspectorsInspect and investigate sources of pollution to protect the public and environment and ensure conformance with Federal, State, and local regulations and ordinances.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
19-2041.02Environmental Restoration PlannersCollaborate with field and biology staff to oversee the implementation of restoration projects and to develop new products. Process and synthesize complex scientific data into practical strategies for restoration, monitoring or management.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
25-1053.00Environmental Science Teachers, PostsecondaryTeach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
19-2041.00Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including HealthConduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or public health. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-1041.03Equal Opportunity Representatives and OfficersMonitor and evaluate compliance with equal opportunity laws, guidelines, and policies to ensure that employment practices and contracting arrangements give equal opportunity without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
13-1041.04Government Property Inspectors and InvestigatorsInvestigate or inspect government property to ensure compliance with contract agreements and government regulations.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
19-2041.03Industrial EcologistsApply principles and processes of natural ecosystems to develop models for efficient industrial systems. Use knowledge from the physical and social sciences to maximize effective use of natural resources in the production and use of goods and services. Examine societal issues and their relationship with both technical systems and the environment.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
13-1041.07Regulatory Affairs SpecialistsCoordinate and document internal regulatory processes, such as internal audits, inspections, license renewals, or registrations. May compile and prepare materials for submission to regulatory agencies.Business and Financial Operations Occupations
11-9121.01Clinical Research CoordinatorsPlan, direct, or coordinate clinical research projects. Direct the activities of workers engaged in clinical research projects to ensure compliance with protocols and overall clinical objectives. May evaluate and analyze clinical data.Management Occupations
11-9121.00Natural Sciences ManagersPlan, direct, or coordinate activities in such fields as life sciences, physical sciences, mathematics, statistics, and research and development in these fields.Management Occupations
25-1199.00Postsecondary Teachers, All OtherAll postsecondary teachers not listed separately.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
25-2031.00Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical EducationTeach one or more subjects to students at the secondary school level.Educational Instruction and Library Occupations
11-9121.02Water Resource SpecialistsDesign or implement programs and strategies related to water resource issues such as supply, quality, and regulatory compliance issues.Management Occupations
19-1023.00Zoologists and Wildlife BiologistsStudy the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations
45-1011.00First-Line Supervisors of Farming, Fishing, and Forestry WorkersDirectly supervise and coordinate the activities of agricultural, forestry, aquacultural, and related workers.Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
45-4011.00Forest and Conservation WorkersUnder supervision, perform manual labor necessary to develop, maintain, or protect areas such as forests, forested areas, woodlands, wetlands, and rangelands through such activities as raising and transporting seedlings; combating insects, pests, and diseases harmful to plant life; and building structures to control water, erosion, and leaching of soil. Includes forester aides, seedling pullers, tree planters, and gatherers of nontimber forestry products such as pine straw.Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations
19-4042.00Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including HealthPerform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.Life, Physical, and Social Science Occupations