Environmental Science

Associate in Science (Transfer)

You want the whole picture. Environmental science brings together biology, physics, chemistry, and more to understand the living and non-living systems that are this planet, this environment. These branches of science work together to solve issues like climate change. An ICC education, delivered by expert instructors, prepares you for further work in this field.

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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.

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


24 Months

If full time

5 terms if full-time (15-16 credits / term)

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 2022-23

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.

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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 600 scholarships.

What Can I Expect as an Environmental Sciences Student?


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