RVCC: Environmental Science Transfer Advising Guide

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Environmental Science (A.S.) from Raritan Valley Community College To Environmental Science (B.S.) at Rider University

Environmental Science, A.S.
Environmental Science, B.S. (120 Credits)
First Semester      
BIOL 101 General Biology I 4 BIO 115 Principles of Biology I
BIO 115L Principles of Biology I Lab
ENVI 102 Environmental Science & Sustainability 4 ENV 100 Intro. to Environmental Sciences 4
ENGL 111 English Composition I 3 CMP 120 Expository Writing 3
Technological Competency 1,3 3/4 Technology Elective Ʊ 3
Mathematics 1,2 Suggest:
MATH 112 Pre-Calculus I
(MATH 112 & MATH 113 both courses combined = MTH-105 at Rider for a total of 4 credits at Rider)
3 Mathematics Elective Ʊ 3
  17/18   17
Second Semester      
BIOL 102 General Biology II 4 BIO 116 Principles of Biology II (3)
BIO 116L Principles of Biology II (1)
ENGL 112 English Composition II 3 CMP 125 Research Writing 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4 CHE 120 Principles of Chemistry I (3)
CHE 120L Principles of Chemistry I Lab (1)
Social Science 1 Suggest:
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology
3 SOC 101 Sociological Imagination (Core) 3
Mathematics 1,2 Suggest:
MATH 113 Pre-Calculus II
(MATH-112 & MATH-113 both courses combined =MTH-105 at Rider for a total of 4 credits at Rider)
3 Mathematics Elective Ʊ
MTH 105 Algebra & Trigonometry
  17   17
Third Semester      
BIOL 231 General Ecology I 5 4 BIO 350 General Ecology

CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4 CHE 122 Introduction to Chemical Systems (3)
CHE 122L Quantitative Methods Lab (1)
GEOG 101 Introduction to Physical Geography (3) 3 GEO 113 Environmental Geology (3)
GEO 102 Earth Material & Process Laboratory (1)
MATH 110 Statistics 3 MTH 120 Introduction to Applied Statistics 3
RVCC Student may take this course at Rider
No direct equivalent at RVCC
1 TEC 204 Electronic Spreadsheets & Classroom Management Software (1)
(Combined with MTH-120 = 4 Credits)
Environmental Science Elective 4 Suggest:
ENVI 202 Geographic Information Systems (3)
ENVI 203 Organic Agriculture
3/5 Environmental Science Elective Ʊ
ENV 205 Intro to Geographic Info. Systems (3)
Science Elective Ʊ (Group C: Social Problems)
  18/20   16
Fourth Semester      
ENVI 201 Environmental Field Study 3 ENV 340 Env. Field Methods & Data Analysis 3
Free Elective 6 3 Free Elective Ʊ 3
Environmental Science Elective 4
GEOL 157 Introduction to Geology (4)
CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I (5)
PHYS 101 General Physics I (4)
3/5 Environmental Science Elective Ʊ
GEO 100 Earth Systems Science (3)
GEO 102 Earth Materials & Process Lab (1)
CHE 211 Organic Chemistry I (3)
CHE 213 Organic Chemistry I Lab (1)
PHY 100 Principles of Physics I (3)
PHY 100L Principles of Physics I Lab (1)
Humanities 1 Suggest:
HIST 101 World Civilization I
3 HIS 150 World History to 1500 (Core) 3
  12/15   12/13
TOTAL 64/70 TOTAL 60

Rider Course Option
Please select one course from the following list:
ENV-205-Intro to Geographic Information Systems (3) (ENV SCI CORE)
GEO-201-Elements of Mineralogy (4) Group B: Abiotic Processes)
ENV-220-Weather & Climate Change (3) (ENV SCI CORE)
HIS-299-American Environmental History (3)
POL-328-Enviromenmental Policy (3) (Group C: Social Processes)
POL-239-Comparative Environmental Policy (3) (Group C: Social Processes)
Following completion of 30 credits and the Rider Intent to Enroll Form and while a student at Raritan Valley; students have the option to take a course at Rider that counts toward the Rider degree. The selected course allows the RVCC student to experience first-hand the academic environment at Rider. See Raritan Valley or Rider Transfer Representatives. Contact information listed below.

Raritan Valley Community College Footnotes
1 Select a course from the appropriate category of the General Education list.
2 Mathematics by official placement test. Students must complete math through MATH 113 Precalculus II.
3 Students who pass the technological competency test (no credit) may take any General Education course.
4 Select a course from among the following: ENVI 103 Energy and the Environment , ENVI 202 Geographic Information Systems, ENVI 203 Organic Agriculture, BIOL 232 Field Botany, BIOL 249 Ornithology , BIOL 247 Vertebrate Zoology , BIOL 150 Plants, Humans & the Environment, GEOL 157 Introduction to Geology, BIOL 221 Microbiology, BIOL 242 Genetics, CHEM 211 Organic Chemistry I, CHEM 212 Organic Chemistry II, PHYS 101 General Physics I, PHYS 102 General Physics II. It is recommended that students consult with an Environmental Science faculty member.
5 Offered in the fall semester only.
6 Any college level course except ENVI 101 Environmental Studies.

Rider University Footnotes
Ʊ – Students have a number of options to fulfill this requirement; courses will be evaluated on an individual basis.
▪ For transfer credit RVCC students must have a grade of “C” or higher in all courses.
▪ Remedial and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are not transferrable.
▪ Transferred courses are 100 level to higher.
▪ Rider suggests that the RVCC student contact the Rider Sr. Assistant Director of Admission, as early as possible in the transfer process as possible. From this point, the student will be connected to the Environmental Science faculty to further guide course selection in addition to the Transfer Advising Guide.
∞ - If both MATH-112 & MATH-113 are taken at RVCC; both courses combined will count for a total of 4 credits and Rider MTH-105-Algebra & Trigonometry. This is also reflected on New Jersey Transfer.

Requirements are subject to change. This Advising Guide is best used in consultation with an advisor.


Course Number Rider University Course Name or Core Area Credits Notes* (if course can be taken at RVCC, indicate course number)
Please see Attachment A for Requirements for the Environmental Science Major.
The Bachelor’s degree requires 120 credits.
Rider suggests the RVCC student contact the Rider, Sr. Assistant Director of Admission, as early as possible in the transfer process. From this point, the student will be connected to the Environmental Sciences faculty to further guide course selection in addition to the Transfer Advising Guide.    

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Paul Michaud
Director of Transfer & Career Services
Raritan Valley Community College
908.526.1200 X 8333
[email protected]


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Senior Assistant Director of Transfer Admission
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Fall 2019 Travel Schedule

Date Time School
Thursday, September 19, 2019 10:00 A.M. - 2:00 P.M. Middlesex County College
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. Brookdale Community College
Wednesday, October 2, 2019