Natural Sciences: Environmental Biology Concentration

Natural Sciences: Environmental Biology Concentration

Are you a person who loves the outdoors and thinks that the ideal career would involve exploring the natural world? Do you have a passion for conserving the planet’s natural resources and want to find solutions for environmental problems? An Associate of Science degree from Genesee Community College in Liberal Arts Natural Science with a concentration in Environmental Biology may be the right career path for you. 

Coursework in biology, ecology, chemistry and mathematics will provide the skills and knowledge needed to understand the complexity of the environment.  GCC’s campus Nature Trail and woodlands provide a living laboratory to explore. Through our A.S. degree program, you will learn the skills and techniques necessary to conduct laboratory research and field work. Successful completion of an A.S. degree will allow you to continue your studies as a third year student in any SUNY four-year school or transfer to a private university.



Career Opportunities

The median salary for an experienced environmental biologist in New York State is $67,240 and employment is projected to grow by 15% through 2022. Among the many careers that can begin with a foundation in environmental biology from GCC are:

  • Analysts (multiple fields)
  • Arborist
  • Biologist
  • Clean air & energy associate
  • Conservationist
  • Ecosystem analyst
  • Environmental  information specialist
  • Environmental assessor / consultant
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental engineer
  • Environmental health & safety associate
  • Environmental planner
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental regulatory affairs specialist
  • Environmental safety liaison
  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental services technician
  • Environmental technologist
  • Environmental writer
  • Fish and wildlife biologist
  • Forestry technician
  • Hazardous waste assessor
  • Hydrologist
  • Laboratory manager  
  • Marine biologist
  • Natural resources specialist
  • Naturalist / camp teacher
  • Pest control specialist
  • Professor / teacher
  • Public health specialist
  • Researcher
  • Sustainability officer
  • Water quality technician
  • Waterfowl research technician
  • Wetland specialist
  • Wildlife biologist
  • Wildlife pathologist

Why GCC?

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19:1 – As a ratio, that is the average number of students in class to each GCC faculty member. That means small classes and plenty of one-on-one instruction. GCC also offers free tutoring to individually help students in areas of specific need. Additionally, state-of-the-art technology has always been a priority at GCC — from the science labs to the new Food Processing Technology lab, the outdoor Nature Trail to the dozens of online databases at the library. There are also smart classrooms and WiFi connections across all campus locations, and 26 open-access computer labs.

Finally, GCC is friendly and prides itself on being flexible and accessible. Classes are offered day and night at seven campus locations, and each semester more than 100 courses are offered online. There are also nine different academic sessions in a year, allowing you to create a course schedule that accommodates employment or family care responsibilities. 

Transfer Opportunities

With an A. S. degree and a concentration in Environmental Biology from GCC, you will be able to seamlessly transfer within the SUNY network of 64 colleges and universities. GCC’s science program was developed as part of the SUNY seamless transfer initiative allowing students to complete the first two years of a bachelor’s degree as a freshman and sophomore at a community college, then seamlessly transfer to a SUNY four-year institution to earn a bachelor’s degree. This saves many students and their families thousands of dollars in tuition.

In addition, GCC has transfer, articulation and dual degree agreements with many private colleges and universities such as:

  • Niagara University
  • Medaille College
  • St. John Fisher College
  • Paul Smith’s College