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On a quest to find the problems and solutions associated with the Earth’s fragile environment? We humans need natural resources for survival, but at what cost? Find out how you can be part of the solution. Our program teaches you how to identify and evaluate practical resolutions aimed at sustainability and solving conservation questions.

What Will I Learn About Environmental Science?

Get hands-on learning in our state-of-the art labs when you study local environmental pollution and conduct lab experiments using samples from stream and prairie ecosystems. Answer “what if” questions as you create computer simulations with like-minded people.

Coursework will teach you:

  1. How the natural world works
  2. How humans interact with the environment
  3. How populations affect the environment
  4. How to navigate ethical and legal issues through experimentation and new biological technologies

[Catalog] Environmental Science Courses

Why JCCC for Environmental Science?

We take saving our planet seriously! Our campus boasts being named one of the top social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability in the region. JCCC is a leader in promoting sustainability by shrinking its ecological footprint and teaching our community to be planet-friendly. Recently we’ve:

Many of your courses at JCCC will seamlessly transfer to the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus to its Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science program. Baker University is also partnering with JCCC so students can get hands-on experience at the Baker Wetlands. Also, check out College Now opportunities available to area high school students.

If you’re curious about the Sunflower state and a history buff, our faculty are experts in giving you an in-depth survey of the plants and animals living on the prairie and the high plains. 

We also provide academic help, including access to textbooks and models, at JCCC’s Science Resource Center. Free tutoring is available every day.

Darrien S., Wildlife Ecologist, Stantec
"One of the main things I like about this campus is it has prairie, forested areas and ponds. Students can take a walk and view wildlife without going far to see it. There’s so much beauty in nature here."

A typical environment science job might include managing sustainable practices, geography, zoology, physics, ecology, oceanology or geology. You may also branch out into fields that encompass environmental engineering.

Sustainable Agriculture is another growing program at JCCC that goes hand in hand with environmental science. Having knowledge on meeting society's food and textile needs without compromising ecosystems is an important part of today’s farming practices. Knowledge beyond the basics could land you a great job.

Check with your advisor about your options.

The cost of going to college can drastically impact your ability to succeed. At Johnson County Community College, we want our students to be able to afford a program that they love. That’s why we’re constantly working to make tuition more affordable for you.

Here’s what JCCC has to offer:

Textbook and other supply costs vary depending on your courses.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

Being a student at JCCC means you have access to a range of services and resources to help you succeed. We offer professional tutoring and small, personalized class sizes. When you attend Johnson County Community College, your education truly matters.

The cost of going to school can be daunting. Fortunately, our Financial Aid office is here to help you through the process. Our counselors can help you find ways to fund your schooling, including scholarships and student loans, both of which can help to reduce the cost of your tuition every semester.

If you need help discovering what your passion will be post-graduation, our Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great support tools.

You can also further your education by transferring to a four-year school. JCCC is here to help make the transition to another college program easy and stress-free.