Environmental Science

Associate in Science (Transfer)

Are you passionate about understanding, preserving, and protecting the environment? Environmental Science may be the perfect fit for you. Start your Environmental Science studies today, then transfer to continue your passion of examining the human impact on the environment.

Hours of service learning, students volunteer with local organizations like the Peoria Zoo or Wildlife Prairie Park

The Environmental Science program prepares you for a wide range of careers. Beyond traditional lab careers that engage in environmental testing, professional careers exist within governmental agencies, such as the EPA, planning departments, geological and natural history surveys, the National Park Service, soil and water conservation districts, and much more. 

A Quality Education

Faculty who are experts in their fields teach all ICC courses. They are 100% committed to teaching so you’re ready to transfer to a university or move into your career.

Get Involved

As a member of the Student Association for the Environment (SAFE) you’ll put your environmental knowledge, skills, and interest into practice in our local ecosystem while fostering friendships among like-minded classmates.

Career Opportunities

Environmental Scientist, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wildlife Biologist, Ecologist, Environmental Lawyer, Regulatory Inspector, Hydrologist, Geographer, Policymaker, Clean Energy Innovator, Naturalist


18 Months

If full time

4 Semesters60 Total Credit Hours

What if I attend part-time?

Our program can be completed at your pace; just plan for a longer time-to-degree.



+ supplies & fees

Based on 2024-25

What financial assistance can I receive?

Our STEM programs qualify for financial aid. That might include scholarships, grants and loans. Learn more about financial assistance at ICC.



Students per class

Small class sizes mean more individual attention and a higher rate of success.

Will I be ready to transfer?

View the College Catalog to see a complete list of classes for this program.

Meet Our Students and Alumni

First-Generation Student Success
Notable Alumni: Michael Brown, Executive Director, Ecology Action Center
Driving Educational Equity: Dual Credit Expansion and Virtual Reality EMT Training
Silas Finds Opportunity and Support During His Pre-Med Studies

I believe everyone should learn about the environment. Afterall, we’re all citizens of this beautiful Earth.

Joe Merdian, Assistant Professor, Environmental Science
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How Do I Get Into the Environmental Sciences Program?

You’ll develop a greater understanding and appreciation for the environment and the biodiversity found within it. You’ll also learn about many “hot-topic” issues of our time, such as climate change, GMOs, pollution, and many more. Laboratory exercises include a nature hike along with water and soil testing on our campus.

  1. Complete our quick admissions application. It’s free and easy!
  2. Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
  3. Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 700 scholarships.

What Can I Expect as an Environmental Sciences Student?


Edwards Library / Administration Building » L220C
East Peoria Campus
Mon-Fri: 8 am – 4:30 pm