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Environmental Science (3046)


Environmental Science - Associate in Science (AS) (3046)

Do you care about protecting our natural resources like clean air, water and soil, finding renewable energy solutions to the energy crisis, or protecting our native species and ecosystems? Our Environmental Science Program is YOUR first step toward studying the impacts that road, dams and developments have on the environment.

With our small class sizes, hands-on labs and experienced faculty, you will learn the major scientific concepts and latest technological advances to successfully transfer to a four-year institution. In fact, if you enter dual admission at Shippensburg University, York College or Central Penn College before completing 30 credits at HACC, you are guaranteed admission as a junior at these schools once you complete your HACC degree.

Students who thrive in this program are passionate about the environment, can communicate effectively and have good listening and critical thinking skills.  

Read more to learn how HACC’s Environment Science Program may be YOUR perfect fit!  

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Once you have received your Associates in Science (AS) in Environmental Science, you will have the basic science and general education courses to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Graduates of our program have continued their education to work in the following fields:

  • Sustainability, sustainable resource management
  • Land use or watershed planning
  • Pollution prevention
  • Waste management;
  • Environmental monitoring and clean up
  • Air quality
  • Water resources and waste water
  • Public and environmental health
  • Wetlands protection
  • Regulatory affairs
  • Parks and recreation management
  • Research and development, inspection, testing and quality control


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Through our science and general education courses, you will gain the foundation to continue your education at a four-year school and study ecology, environmental management and science, industrial hygiene, recycling technology or waste management and will be able to select between two concentrated areas of study: Geoscience or Biology.

As you complete our program, you will: 

  • Effectively communicate scientific information
  • Apply knowledge of environmental processes to environmental issues
  • Critically analyze peer-reviewed literature through the use of scientific databases
  • Effectively apply the scientific method in both laboratory and field settings
  • Objectively use data to evaluate environmental issues and identify sustainable solutions


  • View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
  • Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.

Yes! Conveniently YOURS, our two-year degree program is designed so you can transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. If your intended transfer school participates in Pennsylvania’s statewide college credit transfer system, you can begin at the junior level. Our programs also transfer well to schools outside of the statewide transfer system.

However, each college has its own unique program. Therefore, we encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.

California University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
East Stroudsburg University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Elizabethtown College: Environmental Science into General Science or Environmental Science (pdf)
Juniata College: Environmental Science (pdf)
Kutztown University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Lincoln University: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Mansfield University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)
Shippensburg University of PA: Pennsylvania Statewide P2P Agreement (pdf)

You may complete this program at our HarrisburgLancaster and  York campuses through various modalities (e.g., on-campus/in-person instruction, hybrid, synchronous remote instruction and/or asynchronous instruction).


Yes! We offer many scholarships through the HACC Foundation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility requirements. To learn how to apply, please visit

With classes in the spring, summer and fall, you can apply anytime on our website. When you do, make sure you include the program code 3046 with your application. By using this code, you can be sure you’re applying to the correct program.


Future students, we are excited to connect with you and answer your questions. Please choose the option that works best for you to meet with us.

Current HACC students, please contact our Advising Department with any questions.

Meet Myles: Environmental Science Student

“My personal growth as a student has been something that I found to be a huge achievement.”