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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Studies

VCU

Community college:
Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Environmental Science Track (Germanna Community College)
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Program description

VCU’s undergraduate Environmental Studies program is interdisciplinary in nature and combines traditional lecture and hands-on experiential approaches to expose students to the key concepts in and critical links between environmental life sciences, earth sciences, technology. The program offers considerable flexibility and students are able to individually tailor their course of study by completing multiple electives focused on topics of interest. Areas of emphasis could include, for example, environmental technology, environmental policy, geospatial and quantitative analysis, outdoor leadership, and river studies. Students are strongly encouraged to gain internship experience, actively participate in undergraduate research, and participate in our domestic and/or international field courses as undergraduates in our program.

Upon completion of this program, you will have mastered and be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Comprehension of the foundational scientific concepts that underpin understanding of the environment.
  • Comprehension of basic environmental policies that govern society's interactions with the environment.
  • Comprehension of quantitative and technological skills required in environmental research, policy development and education.
  • The ability to communicate about environmental issues in a variety of contexts.
Career opportunities

Environmental professionals perform their duties within a regulatory, economic, and societal context and must be able to communicate the importance of their environmental activities to the larger public. Upon completion of the undergraduate Environmental Studies program, you should should have developed the quantitative, technological, and practical skills needed to excel in a variety of entry-level field and research positions in government service, environmental management, and private industry. Because the environmental field is so broad, the career path that you pursue will depend heavily upon your individual skills, interests, and experiences.

Bachelor-level job titles
  • Conservation Scientists and Foresters
  • Energy Engineers
  • Environmental Compliance Inspectors
  • Environmental Engineering Technicians
  • Environmental Restoration Planners
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health
  • Fish and Game Wardens
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Foresters
  • Geographic Information Systems Technicians
  • Geoscientists, Except Hydrologists and Geographers
Graduate and professional level job titles
  • Attorney
  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Project Manager
  • Environmental Research Manager
  • Hydrologist
  • Industrial Ecologist
  • Policy Advisor
Contact information

 

VCU Transfer Center

Telephone: (804) 827-1349

Email: transferinfo@vcu.edu

If you would like to meet with a Transfer Center advisor,please fill out our online advising request form.

Please sign-up for this Transfer Map by completing the Letter of Interest.

Guaranteed transfer admission requirements

Completion of associate degree
Minimum GPA of 2.5
All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better

Degree requirements in Bulletin
Plan of study in Bulletin
Highest level of math required
  • ENVS 343
  • MATH 151
Science required
  • 5+ additional science courses
Foreign language requirements
  • Yes
Additional tuition/fees
  • Yes
GPA requirements (to progress/graduate in the major)
  • 2.0

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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Studies

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Environmental Science Track)

MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNINGGET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITYBUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCEGET REAL EXPERIENCEPREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
ExploreYear 1
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Browse careers related to Environmental Studies through the career coach.
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.
ExperienceYear 2
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Center for Environmental Studies, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Center for Environmental Studies-related events.
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Explore
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
  • Log into Navigate and view its features to help you on your pathway.
  • Register for SDV 100.
  • Be prepared for academic challenges and use tutoring resources to get ahead.
  • Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor each semester.
  • Cultivate relationships with your professors.
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Attend VCU’s annual Intercultural Festival or another community intercultural event.
  • Attend diversity-focused events on campus or in your community.
  • Identify a mentor in a diversity organization.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Explore the community college’s iGrad’s Job Genius Search Engine to look into building a career and financial future.
  • Build a LinkedIn profile.
  • Browse careers related to Environmental Studies through the career coach.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Take a career assessment through the career coach.
  • Assess your preparation for a career by completing a Gap Analysis.
  • Use SDV 100 to create a weekly and monthly budget.
  • Develop personal and career goals and create SMART steps for 2-3 "dream jobs."
  • Work with career services to build resume.

Experience
MAXIMIZE COURSE AND DEGREE PLANNING
GET CONNECTED WITH YOUR COMMUNITY
  • Visit the VCU campus and attend a transfer admission session.
  • Research housing for next year.
  • Attend a talk or other event sponsored by the VCU Center for Environmental Studies, consider joining a VCU club, or meeting with VCU students to make professional and personal connections.
  • Participate in the STEM Transitions: Transfer Success Program after you’re admitted to VCU.
BUILD CULTURAL COMPETENCE
  • Learn about short-term, semester and year-long study abroad options.
  • Consider learning a foreign language to open doors to international organizations and future study.
  • Get involved with service-learning opportunities.
  • Attend VCU cultural events, including the monthly Global Café, VCU Diversity Scholars in Research week, or Center for Environmental Studies-related events.
GET REAL EXPERIENCE
  • Find out about VCU REAL.
  • Attend Career & Internship Fairs throughout the year.
  • Acquire career related experience (e.g., job, internship, organization involvement).
  • Run for leadership in your student organization.
  • If your GPA is 3.5 or higher, consider applying for the VCU Honors College.
PREPARING FOR LIFE AFTER COLLEGE
  • Conduct informational interviews or shadow someone in a field of career interest.
  • Use the cost calculator to estimate your tuition/fees as an upperclassman at VCU.
  • Take advantage of free Financial Aid counseling.
  • Using LinkedIn, connect to at least 10 people. Check out the VCU alumni page in My Network.
  • Consider who you would like to have serve as professional and academic references for future letters of recommendation.

Course equivalent
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2020-2021

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Studies

Germanna Community College (Associate of Arts & Sciences: Science, Environmental Science Track)

Germanna Community College courses
CourseTitleEquivalent courseCreditsRequirements
SDV 100College Success Skills UNIV 1011Elective
ENG 111College Composition I Note: students with credit for AP English Language and Composition will only receive credit for UNIV 111 at VCU and should take ENG 112 to fulfill the VCU composition requirement.UNIV 111-1123General education
Lab Science (I) ENV 121 General Environmental Science I ENVS 1XX4Elective
Lab Science (II)BIO 101 General Biology IBIOL/Z 1514Major
HISHistory elective (select 1): HIS 101, 102, 111, 112, 121, 122 HIST3General education
ENG 112College Composition IIUNIV 2003General education
MTH 167Precalculus with Trigonometry (or MTH 161-162)MATH 1515Major
Lab Science (III)ENV 122 General Environmental Science II (note: both ENV 121+122 must be completed to receive credit for VCU equivalent)ENVS 1034Major
Lab Science (IV)BIO 102 General Biology IIBIOL/Z 1524Major
Humanities (PHI)Select any PHI (Philosophy) courseVCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): PSY 200, SOC 200, 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
MTH 263Calculus IMATH 2004Elective
Science electiveGOL 105 Physical Geology IENVS/Z 1054Major
HumanitiesHumanities/Fine Arts (select 1): ART 101, 102, 106, HUM 100, or REL VCU equivalent3General education
Social ScienceSocial Science (select 1): ECO 201, ECO 202, PSY 200, SOC 200, SOC 211, PLS 211, PLS 241VCU equivalent3General education
Science CapstoneScience Capstone presentationVCU equivalent1Elective
MTH 245Statistics ISTAT 2103Major
Science electivePHY 201 General College Physics IPHYS 2014Major
Transfer electiveTransfer electiveVCU equivalent1 to 3Elective
Germanna credits transferred to VCU60 to 62
VCU courses
CourseTitleCreditsRequirements
Foreign language through the 102 level. (This requirement can be fulfilled by means of completion of the 102-level of a language or waived if the student completed up through the third level of a foreign language in high school. Additionally, language waiver and placement testing options are available for native or heritage speakers of a non-english language.) 0 to 8General education
BIOL 317Ecology3Major
CHEM 101 + CHEZ 101General Chemistry I and Laboratory4Major
CHEM 102 + CHEZ 102General Chemistry II and Laboratory4Major
ENVS 101Introduction to Environmental Studies I3Major
ENVS 102Introduction to Environmental Studies II3Major
ENVS 222Electronic Portfolios 1Major
ENVS/POLI 311Politics of the Environment 3Major
ENVS 321Cartography 3Major
ECON 325Environmental Economics3Major
ENVS 330Environmental Pollution3Major
ENVS 343Data Literacy 4Major
ENVS 355Water3Major
ENVS 401Meteorology and Climatology 3Major
ENVS 499Environmental Studies Capstone Experience (Tier III Capstone) 0Major
Select 8 credits of upper-level ENVS electives (see VCU advisor for course options)8Major
Upper-level electives (300- or 400-level courses) Note: Students must complete a minimum of 45 upper-level credits to graduate from VCU12Elective
Open electives0 to 2Elective
Credits completed at VCU58 to 60
Bachelor's degree total120
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