Environmental Science

The Environmental Science area of study at Illinois Central College is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university for completion of a baccalaureate degree. During the two years at Illinois Central College, the student concentrates on building a strong foundation in the sciences and mathematics, and meets the requirements for the Associate in Science degree. The Environmental Science program is designed to prepare the student for a wide range of career opportunities. In addition to the positions traditionally available in laboratories that engage in environmental testing, professional careers exist within governmental agencies, including: (1) state and national departments of the EPA; (2) local and state planning departments; (3) state geological and natural history surveys; (4) the National Park Service; (5) soil and water conservation districts; (6) local and state health departments; (7) U.S. Geological Survey; (8) Departments of Natural Resources; and (9) OSHA. Further, various privately funded organizations maintain a staff of professionally trained environmental scientists.

Degree

Associate in Science (Transfer Program)
Total Credit Hours: 60

Program Requirements

Select a course number below to see a course description.

Required General Education Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
ENGL 110 COMPOSITION I  3
ENGL 111 COMPOSITION II   3
COMM 110
or
INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION: PRESENTATION AND THEORY 
or
3
COMM 212 PUBLIC SPEAKING  3
ECON 110 PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS  3
SOCIAL SCIENCE * 3
BIOL 114 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY  4
BIOL 160 BIOPRINCIPLES I  4
CHEM 130 GENERAL CHEMISTRY  4
MATH 211 STATISTICAL ANALYSIS  4
MATH 222 CALCULUS AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY I  5
HUMANITIES * 3
FINE ARTS * 3

Required Program Courses

Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 161 BIOPRINCIPLES II  4
CHEM 132 GENERAL CHEMISTRY  4
CHEM 220
or
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 
or
5
PHYS 120 GENERAL PHYSICS  5
CHEM 210
or
FUNDAMENTALS OF ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY 
or
4
CHEM 230
or
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY 
or
4
PHYS 121 GENERAL PHYSICS  5
PHYSC 110 ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT  4

* See specific requirements for Associate in Science Degree.

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester Courses
Fall Semester 1BIOL 114; PHYSC 110; ENGL 110; MATH 222
Spring Semester 1BIOL 160; CHEM 130; MATH 211; ENGL 111
Summer SemesterCHEM 132
Fall Semester 2CHEM 220 or PHYS 120; COMM 110 or COMM 212; Humanities; ECON 110
Spring Semester 2BIOL 161; CHEM 210 or CHEM 230 or PHYS 121; Social Science; Fine Arts

Program Contact Information

Math, Science and Engineering Department
Room 320B
(309)694-5365

Illinois Career Cluster

Education and Training

Career Pathway:
Teaching/Training