Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences

The mission of the Department is to prepare students for challenging entry level jobs in computer science, telecommunications, applied sciences and environmental/health fields, as well as for graduate programs in environmental science, chemistry, atmospheric sciences, education and computer science.

Department Goals
  1. To develop in our students high-level skills, such as problem solving, reasoning, and the ability to engage in research;
  2. To prepare students for advanced study in graduate programs in Environmental Science and Computer Science as well as B.S. degree programs in Chemistry, Physics and Engineering;
  3. To prepare students to compete for well-paying positions in the applied and environmental sciences; and
  4. To prepare our students such that they may create their own position in society (e.g. consulting, entrepreneurship) regardless of the economic climate.
About the Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences
The Department of Physical, Environmental and Computer Sciences (PECS) is dedicated teaching and research in the physical sciences and technology. The Department offers degrees in the following:
  1. Baccalaureate of Science degree (BS) in Environmental Science
  2. Baccalaureate of Science degree (BS) in Computer Science
  3. Associate of Science (AS) degrees in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
This Baccalaureate Degree Program in Environmental Science stresses that environmental science is about much more than science. It is also about ethics, responsibility, and values, as well as sociology, politics, law, and business. For graduates to be effective in the work place, this interdisciplinary perspective must always be
in focus. Numerous job opportunities are available for Environmental Science graduates in industry and at various levels in local, state, regional and federal governments. Environmental Science graduates may find immediate employment in areas indicated below, as businesses both large and small continue to comply with regulations.
  • Industrial Hygienist
  • Chemical Hygiene Officer
  • OSHA Officer
  • Waste Management Consultant
  • Training Consultant
Responding to new laws and regulations, most of which emanate from federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), businesses are now preoccupied with compliance.

This program also emphasizes environmental law which is the forerunner for environmental management and environmental policy. The program also addresses conservation through courses in Natural Resource Conservation and Management and Ground Water. The relationship with The Museum of Natural History and the Prospect Park Alliance will afford additional depth on the issue of conservation.

Academic Standards
Students in the Department are expected to pass all departmental required courses with a grade of C or better. Students will be required to repeat any course on which a grade of C- or below is received before being permitted to go on to the next course in the sequence.