• Environmental Science

    Experience hypothesis-driven environmental science firsthand through laboratory investigations, service-learning projects, and supervised field and laboratory research projects.

  • The Environmental Science program, offered through the Natural Sciences Department, leads to an Associate of Science (AS) degree. The program has been designed to give students solid background in the life sciences and allow them to experience hypothesis-driven science firsthand through laboratory investigations, service-learning projects, and supervised field and laboratory research projects. After completion of the Biology and Chemistry sequences, students will be introduced to factors limiting the distribution of animals and plants, species interactions, and measurements of biodiversity in the Fundamentals of Ecology course. The Ecology course, like many of the life science courses in the Environmental Science program, includes a fieldwork component that focuses on collecting and interpreting environmental data about New York City.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation. 

    Your advisement team, made up of faculty and professional advisors, will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you: 
    • Explore your major 
    • Select introductory and advanced courses 
    • Connect you with campus support services 
    • Prepare an educational and career plan 
    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment. You will also find postings of upcoming advising events on the advising page and the Environmental Science at LAGCC Facebook Page.
    Please feel free to reach out to these advisors if you have any questions or need assistance, and visit laguardia.edu/visit for directions to campus.

    Advising Team Staff Members Email Phone  Office 
    Laura Barski, Advising Services  lbarski@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5921  B 235 
    Marangely Colon, Advising Services  mcolon@lagcc.cuny.edu  718-482-5267  B 100N 

    Advising Team Faculty Members Email Phone Office Location
    Holly Porter-Morgan, Ph.D. 
    Associate Professor 
    Program Director, Environmental Science Program Director

    email preferred

    M 221D
    Ian Alberts, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    ialberts@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6183 M 212
    Amit Aggarwal, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    aaggarwal@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6180 MB 36C

    Sarah Durand, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor

    sdurand@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5743 M 221C
    Lucia Fuentes, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    lfuentes@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6084 M 220F
    Kevin Mark, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    kmark@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-6111 MB 36G
    Jamie Nieman, Ph.D.
    jnieman@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5754 M 206
    Corey Valdez, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    C 728
    Allyson Sheffield, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    asheffield@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-349-4007 M 216 
    Sunaina Singh, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    ssingh@lagcc.cuny.edu   718-482-5310 E 263B
    John Toland, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    jtoland@lagcc.cuny.edu   718-482-6005 M 215
    Priyantha Wijesinghe, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    pwijesinghe@lagcc.cuny.edu 718-482-5770 M 221E

    According to the U.S. Bureau for Labor Statistics, "Environmental scientists and specialists use their knowledge of the natural sciences to protect the environment. They identify problems and find solutions that minimize hazards to the health of the environment and the population."

    The Environmental Science AS degree prepares students for careers in many fields including:
    Renewable energy management
    Geospatial technology
    Natural resources management
    Urban planning
    Conservation biology
    Environmental biology and Environmental science
    Wildlife Science
    Sustainability studies
    Water and air quality technology
    Food safety
    Environmental Chemistry 
    Forest ecosystems science
    Environmental hazard assessment
    Meteorology/Weather and Climate
    Environmental health  

    "Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, is expected to spur demand for environmental scientists and specialists.”

    Explore career possibilities on Career Connect.

    Current Students
    Log in to the CUNY Portal to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia’s Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the Environmental Science Curriculum and the recommended course sequence below.

    First Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    NSF101 First Year Seminar for Natural Sciences Program Core 2
    SCB201 Fundamentals of Biology I Required Core 4
    SCC201 General Chemistry I Program Core  4
    ENG101 English Composition Pathways Required Core 3
    Session Credits 13  
    Total Credits 13 

    First Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits

    Mathematics and Quantitive Reasoning course Required Core 3

    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 16

    First Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCB202 Fundamentals of Biology II Flexible Core: Scientific World 4
    SCC202 General Chemistry II Program Core
    ENG102 Writing through Literature Required Core
    HUP108 Environmental Ethics (recommended course) Flexible Core: Individual & Society 3
    Session Credits 14  
    Total Credits 30 

    Second Year, Fall I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCB260 General Microbiology Program Core
    MAT200 Pre-Calculus (recommended course) Flexible Core: Scientific World

    Various Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues
    HUC106 Public Speaking (recommended course) Flexible Core: Creative Expressions 3
    Session Credits 14 
    Total Credits 44 

    Second Year, Fall II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCG150 Geographic Information Systems only offered in Fall I and Fall II  Program Core 4
    Session Credits 4
    Total Credits 48

    Second Year, Spring I

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCG250 Environmental Science *only offered in Spring II  Program Core 4

    Flexible Core: U.S. Experience in its Diversity 3
    SCB265 Fundamentals of Ecology *only offered in Spring I Program Core 
      Unrestrictive Elective Program Core 1
    Session Credits 12 
    Total Credits 60 

    Second Year, Spring II

    Course Number Course Name Fulfills Credits
    SCI204 Research in Natural Sciences Program Core
    Session Credits 3
    Total Credits 63 

    See flexible sequence for students with basic skills needs.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    It is important that all Environmental Science students have experience in designing, implementing, and presenting a research project. This opportunity is available both in form of internships, and during the capstone course. The capstone course, Environmental Science, focuses on understanding the earth as a dynamic system and addressing local and global environmental issues in the context of climate, technology, and population growth. During the laboratory portion, students will utilize knowledge and tools from previous courses to plan and complete supervised semester-long research projects. Students will learn to write up their results in scientific format and will submit research reports to their digital ePortfolios. All students in the Environmental Science program are encouraged to conduct a semester-long internship. The goal of the internship is to gain real-world experience conducting primary research in a setting such as a scientific laboratory, a pollution control station, a government facility, a park, or with a community-based environmental organization.

    All students in the Environmental Science program will be encouraged to complete a semester-long internship. The goal of the internship component is for students to gain real-world experience conducting primary research in a setting such as a research laboratory, a pollution control station, a government facility, or with a community- based environmental organization.

    More information about potential internships are posted on the Environmental Science program Facebook page. 
    Students are encouraged to present their research at local, regional, and national conferences, and financial support is provided for these opportunities.
    The program is fully articulated with Queens College and graduates will be able to transfer all 60 credits. In addition, graduates with an A.S. in Environmental Science will be able to transfer to other four-year colleges. The School of Earth and Environmental Sciences provides an interdisciplinary approach to environmental studies allowing students to concentrate their studies in biology, chemistry, or geology. Graduates of LaGuardia’s Environmental Science program will transfer with 60 credits and have the opportunity to pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Queens College in Environmental Science or Environmental Studies. Students who complete their A.S. in Environmental Science and meet the GPA requirements may apply for the Queens Transfer Honors Program. Further details of the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Queens College can be found here.

    All graduates have a strong science background, which prepares them to enter a variety of four-year colleges and complete in bachelor's degree. This background includes courses in general biology, general chemistry, microbiology, ecology, environmental science, and geospatial technology.
    For assistance and more information about CUNY transfer options, visit the Office of Transfer Services.