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Environmental Science & Studies

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Find Solutions to Balancing Human Existence Within Nature

Environmental Science dives into how natural systems work, how humans are disrupting those systems, and what the side effects are, such as poor nutrition and toxins, on us and our environment. Learn how to minimize pollution and waste, and discover environmentally-sound ways to conserve water and treat wastewater. Environmental Studies focuses on the sustainability of our natural resources as the human population continues to grow, and what alternatives and possible solutions there are to correct those issues. 

While LASC offers several courses in Environmental Science and Environmental Studies, there is no certificate or degree program at this time. Yet, you still have the opportunity have an in-depth exploration into the problems we face today as a society to find sustainable environmental solutions for the worldwide impact we humans have made on nature. 

Careers in Environmental Science & Studies

Environmental Science and Studies careers concentrate on ways to recognize issues like climate change and strategies to improve them.

Here are a few professions and their salaries you could have with a career in environmental science or studies: 

Career information below taken from bls.gov November 2019. Go to bls.gov for most current career information.

Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment and human health.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $89,260/year $42.91/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 5% increase
(as fast as average)
3,060

Develop land use plans and programs that help create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize physical facilities.

Data for Los Angeles/Long Beach/Anaheim

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Master's Degree $96,060/year $46.18/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 6% increase
(as fast as average)
2,180

Manage, 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.

Data for state of California

Typical Education Level: Salary: Hourly Median Wage:
Bachelor’s Degree $75,980/year $36.54/hour
Work Experience in a Related Occupation: Job Outlook 2018-2028: Number of Jobs 2018:
None needed 4% increase
(as fast as average)
1,990

Courses offered in Environmental Science at LASC 

LASC has many courses in Environmental Science that can be taken to meet general education, CSU-GE, and IGETC requirements, so you can expand your knowledge in this growing field from any program you choose! Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

1 The Human Environment: Physical Processes (3) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 5A 
CSUGE Area B1 
Lecture: 3 hours 

This course introduces students to the physical processes that govern our life support systems and the social, political and economic factors that impact them. The basic science required to understand how our environmental systems work is presented. Topics discussed include the atmosphere, soils and agriculture, water resources and water pollution, sources of pollution and management of wastes, energy supply and usage, and alternative energy sources. Impacts of man's activities on environmental systems are presented and discussed. Finally, potential solutions to reduce or eliminate these impacts are described. 

2 The Human Environment: Biological Processes (3) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 5B 
CSUGE Area B2, E 
Lecture: 3 hours 

This course introduces students to the biological aspects of our environmental systems. Study will focus on our large-scale systems including populations and ecosystems and small-scale issues such as nutrition and toxicity. A portion of the course will be dedicated to examining the ability of species to adapt: leading to issues such as pesticide and antibiotic resistance. Global population will be examined through the lens of population dynamics. These topics will form a foundation for discussing the dynamic interplay between ecosystems, populations and economics. Upon completion of the course, students will develop an appreciation of the problems facing humans as we attempt to set environmentally meaningful standards for toxins and how important concepts such as nutrition, toxicity, birth defects and cancer rates relate to our environmental life support systems. 

23 Pollution Prevention And Waste Minimization (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides an introduction to the principles of pollution prevention and waste minimization. Students will be introduced to the federal and state of California laws, and concepts of sustainability and resources recovery. Quantities and types of wastes generated in the United States and methods of managing the wastes generated (advantages and disadvantages) will be covered, including landfill disposal, materials recovery and incineration. Federal, state and local programs to prevent, reduce and recycle wastes will be introduced and discussed. Students will apply the principles presented in class to develop a pollution prevention/waste minimization plan. 

25 Principles of Wastewater Technology (3) CSU 

Lecture: 3 hours 

This course covers the basic principles of wastewater technology. Topics covered include: regulatory framework; wastewater collection systems; industrial and municipal wastewater characteristics; primary, secondary and tertiary treatment processes; solids management and disinfection processes; and wastewater reuse options. 

 

Courses offered in Environmental Studies at LASC

LASC offers a course in Environmental Studies that can be taken to meet general education, CSU-GE, and IGETC requirements, so you can learn more about sustainability and how the earth’s ecosystem has been altered while getting needed college credit! Go to LASC’s current Course Catalog for specific course information:

101 Introduction to Environmental Studies (3) UC:CSU 

IGETC Area 4G 
CSUGE Area D7 
Lecture: 3 hours 

This course provides an introduction to the principles of sustainability. It provides an interdisciplinary overview of the local and global impacts of humans on the natural environment. Topics include the growth and geographic expansion of human population, the transformation of earth's ecosystems by humans, exploitation of natural resources, and sustainable practices and policies. The course focuses on the critical analysis of current environmental problems and the evaluation of alternatives and solutions that contribute to a sustainable world.

 

Learn More about Environmental Science & Studies

Are you interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies? If so, talk with your counselor about the different science courses you can take at LASC to prepare you to transfer to a four-year college or university with an environmental science or studies program. You can also find out more at our Transfer Center.