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RCC First College in County to Offer Environmental Science Degree

RCC First College in County to Offer Environmental Science Degree

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SUNY Rockland First College in County to Offer Degree in Environmental Science


Suffern, NY - Beginning Fall ’09, students can start earning an Associate in Science degree in Environmental Science at SUNY Rockland Community College. RCC is the first college in the county to offer a degree in Environmental Science.


The Environmental Science curriculum includes courses in Ecology, Environmental Pollution, Environmental Science, and Marine Biology. Graduates of the program can transfer to four-year colleges to earn degrees in a number of fields includingEnvironmental Science, Environmental Studies, Ecology, or Biology. Students with the four-year degree can find careers in environmental research, policy, conservation or environmental education.


RCC currently has transfer agreements with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and SUNY Plattsburgh, which ensure that the transferring college accepts the applicant and all their RCC credits provided a minimum GPA is met.


“With concerns about global warming, a degree in Environmental Science will allow students the opportunity to become part of the ‘green revolution’ and explore a career that would benefit the global society,” said Dr. Melanie Rie, Instructor, Science.


Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, said, “Rockland County is the perfect location to offer an Environmental Science degree program because of the several areas available to conduct fieldwork. The students will have opportunities to apply what they learn in their classrooms to sites such as Harriman State Park and the Hudson River.”


For more information about the Environmental Science degree, contact Dr. Melanie Rie, Instructor, Science, at 845-574-4190,; Elyse Fuller, Instructor, Science, at 845-574-4262, or visit


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Rockland Community College, a unit of the State University of New York, is located 25 miles northwest of NYC. The majority of its students transfer to four-year colleges, and many find immediate employment upon earning their associate's degree or certificate. The College also offers others, from preschoolers to senior citizens, the opportunity to simply learn something new. Quality a price you can afford.

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