The Associate in Science degree major in Environmental Science provides interdisciplinary preparation for students wishing to pursue knowledge and employment in the fields of environmental research, consulting, and regulatory oversight. The program provides excellent lower division preparation for students transferring to Environmental Science (and related) programs at four-year colleges and universities.
By virtue of its location,
LMC has unparalleled opportunities for its ES program:
- The California Delta is our “back yard” – the confluence California’s two major rivers, the Sacramento and San Joaquin, is very close to our campus. The Delta presents serious ecological and hydrological crises that call for attention, and LMC is the only institution of higher learning permanently situated at the confluence of those two great rivers.
- It is estimated that 70% of the heavy industry in the Bay Area is located along the river corridor that forms the northern boundary of Contra Costa County. This region’s oil refineries, chemical plants, water and wastewater treatment facilities, and power plants are screaming for more locally-trained employees, including environmental scientists and technicians.
- Several of our feeder high schools have strong traditions in elements of ES – for example, Pittsburg High’s Club POWER is possibly the Bay Area’s most famous ecology club. Freedom High’s students are actively involved in research in the Marsh Creek watershed. Heritage High just launched its Environmental Academy.