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As an Environmental Science Technology student, you will be on your way to a meaningful career imparting a lasting change on the future of Florida's natural environment. A major trend in today's job market is to focus on the "greening" of business operations and supporting environmental sustainability initiatives. Seize this opportunity to be the first to catch this exciting career trend that is transforming the world around us.
Courses in the Environmental Science Technology program include a wide range of environmental areas, providing our students with a well rounded education that prepares them for positions in environmental assessment, restoration, research and public education.
Palm Beach State College educational options include completing a two-year associate in science (A.S.) degree as an Environmental Technician, or taking our courses as electives on your way to earning an A.A. degree and then pursuing a Bachelor's degree. Perhaps you already work in the field and want to advance your career or learn new skills. Regardless of your final educational goal, you will receive quality, hands-on experience that you can take with you and apply towards many critical initiatives for Florida’s environment.
Programs Offerings at PBSC
Environmental Science Technology
The A.S. (Associate in Science) is a terminal 2-year degree designed to lead you directly into the workforce. However, Palm Beach State A.S. degree directly transfers into Broward College's Environmental Science B.S. degree. Basically, you earn your first two years at Palm Beach State and then transfer to Broward College for the remaining two years. If you are interested in a different four year institution other than Broward College, you will need to pursue the A.A. (Associate in Arts) degree in Environmental Science from Palm Beach State.
The A.S. degree involves extensive training in the Environmental Sciences as well as General Education.
The A.S. degree can be completed in 2 years or less if you attend full-time & take summer courses.
College credit courses taken elsewhere usually count toward PBSC degrees. Evaluation is required. Credit is not given for life experience or non-college-credit certifications.
Contact the Environmental Science Program Dept. Chair, Dr. Jessica Miles and a Palm Beach State Advisor early in your A.S. degree program. This is critical.
Complete the Palm Beach State College Environmental Science Technology A.S. required courses (which include General Education credits). View the General Education requirements. A complete Environmental Science Technology A.S. degree, composed of required courses and electives, is a total of 64 credit hours.
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Environmental Science Technician
The Environmental Science Technology program offers two College Credit Certificates (CCC). Build your resume, get to work faster, and be rewarded as you pursue your A.S. degree with these certificates!
Both certificates can be completed while pursuing your A.S. degree program, but you must communicate with the Registrar and ask that the CCC’s be added to your active program code so the certificate(s) can be processed and added to your transcript. You will need to complete a Request to Change Program Objective Form to add the certificates to your objective list. Please continue to keep the Environmental Science A.S. degree (Code 2216) as your primary objective, but add the new program objective code(s).
Transferring to a 4-year University?
Where can I go after earning my A.A. or A.S. degree in Environmental Science at Palm Beach State?
What you should know…
Broward State College offers a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science. They will accept Palm Beach State College's full A.S. Degree in Environmental Science for transfer into their program as a Junior. Wildlife Ecology, EVS 2870c, can be used as your second biology course for entry into the program. They will also accept Palm Beach State College's A.A. Degree or 60 credits with the completion of the general education requirements. You then must only complete 60 credits of upper-level coursework to graduate from Broward State College. Their tuition costs are almost 50% less than most local universities. www.broward.edu/EnvironmentalScience
The University of Florida (UF) has programs in their College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and their School of Natural Resources and Environment. Various degree programs are offered at locations throughout Florida including:
Ft. Lauderdale, Ft. Pierce, Homestead, Plant City, Apopka, Milton, and Gainesville.
UF has unique transfer requirements for each of their 30 degree offerings, but the A.A. (Associate in Arts) Degree is the transfer degree. Students intending to transfer generally take most of their Gen Ed requirements at PBSC and take Environmental Science Technology courses as electives.
What you should do…
Meet early in your program with Palm Beach State Advisors and the Environmental Science Technology Dept. Chair Dr. Jessica Miles. The dept. chair, academic advisor, and you can meet simultaneously.
Contact the four year program where you want to transfer and discuss the transfer. This will ward off misunderstandings, inaccurate assumptions, and problems stemming from outdated information.
Earn your Palm Beach State A.A. degree. See requirements in current Palm Beach State Catalog. Remember, for the A.A. Degree you will be taking primarily General Education courses at Palm Beach State and Environmental Science Technology courses as your electives.
It is NOT necessary to begin the program during the fall semester in August. Most classes are taught in the evenings at the Garden’s campus location. It is recommended to take the General Education courses during summer, and focus on the environmental courses for fall and spring semesters.