Academics :: School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Environmental Science

Specialization in Integrated Environmental Studies (IES)

What is a Specialization in IES?

The Associate of Science (A.S.) degree at VWCC offers a Specialization in Environmental Studies. A student earns this Specialization while completing their A.S. in Science degree by including a core of required science and mathematics courses, 16 credits of science electives from an approved list and selected General Education Core Courses.

The Specialization in Integrated Environmental Studies is designed for students seeking a variety of profession and/or technical goals in the sciences, such as environmental science, ecology or forestry.  Students will integrate knowledge from the sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and technology to develop skills and prepare for technical positions or for transfer to four-year institutions. 

Why should I pursue a Specialization in Integrated Environmental Studies at VWCC?

The Integrated Environmental Studies Specialization was designed with the inter-disciplinary nature of Environmental Science in mind. Required courses and electives are 3 drawn from the fields of biology, chemistry, geology, statistics, geography, philosophy, law and policy.

Career Opportunities for students earning the Associate of Science degree with a Specialization in Integrated Environmental Studies include Environmental science and protection technicians.

Students who transfer to a 4-year college or university and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science (or a related field) can expect to find employment as Environmental Scientists and Specialists or in a variety of Green Jobs.

Many colleges in Virginia offer undergraduate degrees in Environmental Science and related fields. Read and review the programs at several schools to find the one that best suits your particular interests in Environmental Science.

Consider internships as a way to gain valuable experience in your career field and with potential future employers.

Contact Information

Program Head

Dr. Antoinette Pepin
Professor of Biology
apepin@virginiawestern.edu
540-857-6330 | Anderson 302

B.S. - VPI & SU, 1976
M.S. - Utah State University, 1982
Ph.D. - George Mason University, 1998

School of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

540-857-7273
Anderson 114