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Environmental Science

Female student walks through woods. Completing a two-year degree in Environmental Science at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is the perfect preparation for advancing to a professional program at a four-year institution and a satisfying career. A two-year degree from FDLTCC provides a solid foundation for upper-division study at a four-year institution, or graduates may choose to directly enter the professional workforce.

A broad range of courses leading to many environmental and natural resources professions is available at FDLTCC. The two-year Environmental Science curriculum will benefit students interested in the career areas listed below, as well as most other environmental-related professions: aquaculture, biology, conservation management, ecology, environmental science, forestry, fisheries and wildlife management, geology, marine biology, natural science research, park ranger/recreation, pollution control, soil science, surveying, water quality, veterinary medicine, zookeeping.

Environmental Science graduates can look forward to a steadily expanding job market. Current labor market information indicates a need for professionals trained in Environmental Science. Students seeking careers related to natural sciences and the environment may work toward an Associate of Science degree or an Associate of Arts degree with an Environmental Science emphasis at FDLTCC.

Fond du Lac College Advantages
Environmental Science students have the advantage of learning in state-of-the-art science laboratories, computer labs and classrooms. FDLTCC has established an Environmental Institute on campus to coordinate research projects and educational opportunities related to environmental science.

In addition, FDLTCC conducts field research on the 2,100-acre Environmental Study Area, an area of wild land located less than five minutes from the main campus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Science Center of Excellence on campus provides learning, work, and research opportunities for students entering environmental fields.

Students have liberal access to computer resources while enrolled at FDLTCC. Well-qualified faculty and the multi-cultural environment at the college offer opportunities that no other college can provide. A certificate or degree from FDLTCC is greatly valued and respected by prospective employers.

For people who already have some college experience, it may be possible to complete the program in less time. Classes are offered during the day and evening hours, providing the opportunity to create a flexible schedule. Small class sizes, on-campus child care, and student organizations are added bonuses at FDLTCC.

To receive more information about the Environmental Science program, contact:

Andy Wold
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720

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Associate of Science
Degree Option Required Courses

The current degree program planner checklist of required courses is available for viewing and printing here.

To receive an Associate of Science degree in Environmental Science, students will need to complete the courses listed for the Associate of Science Degree Option,

Associate of Arts Degree Option
To receive an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in Environmental Science, students will need to complete the courses listed for the Associate of Science Degree Option, plus additional courses from the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum goal areas. Please consult with an advisor prior to course registration for more information.


Selected Course Descriptions
BIOL 1060 Environmental Science
A detailed study of the ecology of natural systems, pollution, solid and liquid wastes, and energy.

BIOL 2040 Native Plant Identification
Students will identify and classify common vascular and non-vascular plants of the Lake Superior Region with regard to floristic taxonomy, habitat requirements, and roles in various ecosystems. The course also emphasizes the ethnobotanical values of these plants for such uses as tools, foods, medicines, art, and cultural/spiritual significance. Lab includes field trips and laboratory time to collect, identify, and preserve specimens. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1101)

BIOL 2050 Principles of Ecology
Students are introduced to ecological principles demonstrating the relationship between organisms and their environment with special emphasis on ecosystems, energetics, population dynamics, and Native American philosophy of the natural environment. Labs include surveying environmental factors of local ecosystems and preparing one research paper. (Prerequisite: BIOL 1101)

BIOL 2060 Aquatic Biology
This course is an introduction to the biology, chemistry, and physics of lakes and streams. Students will describe and analyze lakes and other aquatic environments. Field and lab methods will be used to obtain information on environmental conditions in aquatic environments and measure the abundance of aquatic organisms, especially plankton, using field/lab instruments, sampling devices, microscopy, water chemistry, data analysis. (Prerequisites: BIOL 1101)

Degree requirements and course are subject to change. Students should consult with an advisor/counselor when registering for courses.

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