Program Overview

Ocean County College offers an online Associate of Science Degree in Environmental Science which is ideal for students who want an understanding of monitoring humanity’s impact on the Earth and solving environmental problems.  Possible employment opportunities include working in environmental education centers, public relations firms, testing labs, environmental research organizations, travel/tourism (ecotourism companies), food manufacturers, waste management companies or government agencies.  This program is also great for individuals who want to continue their education at a four-year institution to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Ocean County College offers a variety of engaging and professionally insightful online courses that can be taken as part of a complete degree program, or on an individual class-by-class basis.  These comprehensive educational programs are designed for students of any age.  Daily schedules make regular campus visits difficult for many busy individuals; therefore, Ocean County College offers an easily accessible e-learning environment.  This innovative platform allows individuals to take charge of their schedule and participation through an integration of communication services in an easy-to-use software system.  The online courses follow the same academic calendar as the on-campus classes.  

Online programs provide advising in areas such as course selection as well as transfer and career options.  The e-learning software is called the Pearson Learning Studio and the student works closely with an admissions specialist and/or an academic advisor to prepare a schedule that works well.  Once admitted into the school, the student receives an acceptance package that informs how to login to Ocean Cruiser.  Ocean Cruiser allows access to WEBADVISOR so that searching for courses and registering is easy.  It is also recommended that upon successful registration, a Student Orientation Tutorial be viewed so that all questions and expectations for online courses are made clear.

The A.S. in Environmental Science is a 64 credit hour program.  Required courses include: General Biology I and II, General Chemistry I and II, Organic Chemistry I and II, English I and II, Environmental Science, Precalculus I or Calculus I, and Precalculus II or Calculus II.  Likewise, the student chooses one of the following courses: Ecology, Marine Biology, Introduction to Oceanography, or Field Experience/Practicum.  Additionally, general education requirements are Social Science (6 hrs.), Humanities (6 hrs.), Technological Competency/Information Literacy, OCC (3 hrs.), and Electives.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


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    School Overview

    Ocean County College, a public, not for profit, community college, was established in 1969. The main campus for Ocean County College is located in Toms River, New Jersey. It is the mission of Ocean County College to "foster excellence and a caring environment for all of its students."

    Students who are enrolled in classes at Ocean County College have the option of taking classes during the day, evening, weekends or even online. OCC awards associate's degrees, many of which can be earned completely online.


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