Environmental Science

Associate in Arts (AA) Degree


Study environmental science and build a solid foundation in general education classes at EICC. With low-cost tuition and guaranteed transfer agreements in place, this is the smart way to do your first two years. Small classes instead of huge lecture sections are a bonus, too.

What You Learn in the Environmental Science Pathway

Dive into common environmental problems and discuss possible causes, consequences, and remedies. Begin your studies in physical geology and learn about rock and hydraulic cycles, erosion, and earthquakes. In biology and chemistry courses, study cell division, genetics, the composition of matter, and more. Other courses give you the general education needed to transfer. You graduate prepared to succeed at a four-year college.

What Can I Do With A Career In Environmental Science? 

You choose. Safeguard residents and communities. Develop plans to clean up pollution and brownfield sites. Work with industries to reduce waste. Document environmental hazards and health risks. You can advise federal and state policymakers. Work in an office or a lab, or in hands-on in the field investigating conditions and collecting data.

It is a rewarding career field that focuses on the health of our natural world which is tied to the well-being of each person living on our planet. Your work has impact.

A Solid Foundation

General Biology

Why divided?

General Biology

Study chemical applications in biology, cell division, genetics, and more.


There’s a spark


Dimensional analysis, gases, atomic structure, chemical bonding, etc.

Environmental Science

Keep growing

Environmental Science

Dive into issues related to the environment.


More than numbers


Obtain, present, and organize statistical data. Skills important to your career.

Aerial View or Nahant Marsh

Nahant Marsh

This massive wetland is tucked between rail yards and an oxbow lake in southwest Davenport. It's home to 300 acres of hiking trails, 150+ species of animals, and 400+ species of plants. Study conservation and wetlands here. Or just come to play and revel in the surroundings. It's a classroom and nature's playground.

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Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) is the International Honor Society for two-year colleges. Complete 12 credit hours with 3.5 GPA, and your local chapter will send you an invite to join. Each of our colleges has a chapter which means you’ll be supported by your peers. PTK offers transfer scholarships, intellectual enrichment, and personal development.

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Need some extra help? We offer drop-in and scheduled tutoring on each campus, and online, too. You can also get a writing consultation via email. Visit our tutoring centers for more information on services and schedules.


Your Degree = Success

Planning to earn a bachelor’s? Start here, then transfer your credits or associate’s degree. Studies show community college students who transfer into a four-year do better than the students who started there as freshmen.

Get a remarkable education and remarkable head start at EICC.

Explore the value of an associate’s degree

Keep Your Transfer Plan Current

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Maybe your intended next college has added a new major or maybe you’ve discovered a new interest. Check with your EICC advisor regularly and keep your own checklist going so you’re on the right path making the right progress.


What if I transfer to

Your credits will transfer to any other accredited institution. We’ve worked out transfer agreements with select partner colleges and universities. Contact your advisor to know exactly how your credits will work at: 

Ames, Iowa 

  • 2.0 GPA required for transfer
  • +2 years estimated completion at ISU

See Iowa State Transfer Information

Contact an EICC Advisor about transferring

Davenport, Iowa

  • $1,000 scholarship offered to EICC students who apply for SAU/Dual Admission
  • 2.0 GPA required for transfer

See St. Ambrose University Transfer Information

Contact an EICC Advisor about transferring

Iowa City, Iowa

  • 2.0 GPA required for transfer
  • +2 years estimated completion at UI

See University of Iowa Transfer Information

Contact an EICC Advisor about transferring

Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • 2.0 GPA required for transfer
  • +2 years estimated completion at UNI

See University of Northern Iowa Transfer Information

Contact an EICC Advisor about transferring

Macomb, Illinois

  • 2.0 GPA required for transfer
  • 2+2 Agreements & Transfer Pathways with EICC

See Western Illinois University Transfer Information

Contact an EICC Advisor about transferring

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Environmental Science Pathway: Locations

Clinton Community College

1000 Lincoln Blvd.
Clinton, IA 52732
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Muscatine Community College

152 Colorado St.
Muscatine, IA 52761
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Scott Community College

500 Belmont Rd.
Bettendorf, IA 52722
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