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Environmental Science B.S.

Bachelor of Science  in Environmental Science Degree
Now accepting applications​ for Summer 2020! Fall 2020 applications coming soon.

Do you like science? Do you like getting your hands dirty? Do you want to go into a growing field where you can make a difference and a living? 


If so, check out the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program!​
Students who graduate with their BS degree will be competitive to work for US government agencies (USDA, DOI, etc.), private industries, in labs, in the field, or to go onto graduate or professional school.

There are two tracks, or concentrations, in the Environmental Science program:
The Biosecurity​ track focuses on entomology, genetics, plants, and other "animal" and "vegetable" aspects of environmental science.
The Physical Science track focuses on geology, hydrogeology, oceanography, and other "mineral" aspects of environmental science.

 To apply to the BSES program, students must have their AA/AS degree or 60+ college credits (including 36 general education credits). A specific degree or "major" is not required, but the prerequisite courses must be completed prior to entry.  

Download the BSES brochure.


Apply to the Environmental Science BS program!


Program Overview
​According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as an Environmental Scientist or Specialist, you could perform many jobs, including:
  • Determine data collection methods for research projects, investigations, and surveys
  • Collect and compile environmental data from samples of air, soil, water, food, and other materials for scientific analysis
  • Analyze samples, surveys, and other information to identify and assess threats to the environment
  • Develop plans to prevent, control, or fix environmental problems, such as land or water pollution
  • Provide information and guidance to government officials, businesses, and the general public on possible environmental hazards and health risks
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations that explain their research and findings
(Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, Environmental Scientists and Specialists, on the Internet at (visited April 08, 2014)).


The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in environmental science is designed for students already holding an Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree from a regionally accredited college or university, to pursue a career as a laboratory/field technician and/or progress to a graduate degree program (M.S. or PhD).  The curriculum will provide the students with a foundational understanding of science, critical thinking skills, experiential learning, ethics and specific technical knowledge and skills required to work in the laboratory or the field.  As environmental science is a truly broad multidisciplinary field, three main tracks or minors will be available during the final half of the curriculum.  These track/ minors will address the major specialties (physical, biological, GIS, etc.)  within the field and provide graduates with a wealth of discipline skills and knowledge that will make them competitive for employment within the environmental and biological science workforce.


There are two concentrations of the B.S. in Environmental Science currently being offered:
  • Biosecurity
  • Physical Sciences

Career Path

​Information about careers in environmental science can be found at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Is This Program Right for Me?

​If you are interested in pursuing a degree in Environmental Science, you should:

  • Be detail-oriented
  • Work well in a team
  • Have a passion for science
  • Possess good communication skills
  • Have an analytical, problem-solving mindset
  • Have no allergies or have them under control
  • Be comfortable in a wide range of outdoor settings, from the ocean to marshlands
​Broward College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Broward College.
Idelisa Ayala, PhD
Dr. Idelisa Ayala obtained a BS in Chemistry from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus in 1996.  In 2002, Dr. Ayala obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics from the University of Minnesota.  Her thesis research was in the area of photosynthesis. Dr. Ayala spent a year at University of Florida, Gainesville as a post-doctoral fellow in the Pharmacology Department.  Her post-doc research involved tyrosine residues in Manganese Superoxide Dismutase from E. coli using a variety of molecular techniques and FT-IR and NMR.  Dr. Ayala has been teaching at Broward College since 2003.  She teaches Microbiology, Cellular/Molecular Biology, and Genetics.

Valerio Bartolucci, PhD
Dr. Valerio Bartolucci graduated at University of Bologna (Italy) where he received his master degree in Geology. He joined the University of Benevento (now del Sannio) and the Politecnico of Milano (Italy) where he was rewarded with a doctoral degree in Environmental Risk Planning. During his professional career he worked mostly in the Environmental field. He was representative in Italy for National Seal Company (owned by Waste Management) producing HDPE liner for landfill and worked with Tenax Spa Group designing low environmental impact constructions such as Green Walls and drainage systems. He teaches Hydrogeology, Hydrogeology Lab, and Coastal and Marine Science.

Lisa Burgess, MS
Professor Burgess obtained a BS in Biology from Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale Florida in 2004. She went on to obtain a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science with a specialization in Forensic Genetics and Serology from University of Florida in 2007 and then an MS in Biotechnology from the Zanvyl Kreiger School of Arts and Sciences at Johns Hopkins University in 2011. Since receiving her second Masters degree, Professor Burgess completed one year of graduate research and coursework at University of Florida Fort Lauderdale Campus working with Dr. William Kern on the the genetics of Africanized Honey Bees and European honeybees. She is a two-time graduate and presenter at the annual Florida Bee College run by the University of Florida. Professor Burgess has been a full time instructor at Broward College since 2008 and continues to maintain her interest in the genetics of honeybees. She teaches Genetics and Medical/Veterinary Entomology.

Laura P. Choudhury, PhD
Dr. Choudhury received a B.S in Biological and Geological Oceanography from Florida Tech, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Emory University. Dr. Choudhury is a Senior Professor of Chemistry at Broward College, where she teaches Allied Health, General, and Organic Chemistry since 1994. She authored an Environmental Chemistry laboratory manual, and co-authored a General Chemistry one. She is also the recipient of two Endowed Teaching Chairs (2000-2003 and 2007-2010) and a Professor of the Year Award (2011-2012). She teaches Elementary Organic and Biological Chemistry and Biochemistry I.

Pamela Fletcher, PhD
Dr. Fletcher is a graduate of the University of Florida, holding a PhD in Soil and Water Science. She is a researcher with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the UF/IFAS Sea Grant program. Some of her work includes coral reef management and restoration. ​She teaches Scientific Communication.

Michael B. Harvey, PhD
Dr. Harvey received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Baylor University and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has published numerous scientific papers on the biology of reptiles and amphibians and has described more than 50 species new to science. A grant from the National Science Foundation supports his current research program in Indonesia where he studies the systematics, evolution, and biogeography of reptiles from the Sunda Shelf. Dr. Harvey is currently the editor of Herpetological Monographs. He teaches Biostatistics, Parasitology, Parasitology Lab, and Advanced Field Techniques.

David Serrano, PhD
Dr. Serrano is a graduate of the University of Miami, where he received his BS in Biology and Chemistry, and the University of Florida, where we was awarded a master’s and doctoral degree in Entomology. He has worked on natural area monitoring and restoration at Everglades National Park and the Florida State Park System. Dr. Serrano has also done contract work for the USDA in order to help protect American agriculture from exotic pests and diseases. He continues to partner with the USDA and other government agencies with his extensive internship program. Dr. Serrano received the NISOD excellence award in 2014. In 2015, Dr. Serrano was awarded the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance World E2 B2 ​Class Faculty Award. In 2016, he commenced as PI on a 5-year NSF S-STEM federal research grant (STRIDES) and founded the Broward College Insect Collection, a museum-quality entomology collection in partnership with Frost Museum (Miami, FL). He teaches Introduction to Ecology, Principles of Entomology, Advanced Field Techniques, and Challenges in Plant Resource Protection.
Faculty for specialty classes includes high-ranking members of the South Florida Water Management district, USDA and Broward County Environmental Monitoring.
For Alumni
​Graduates of Broward College’s Environmental Science Bachelor Program will be able to help us keep our program ahead of the curve. Contact the Program Managers if you have suggestions on ways we can improve our program. You can also join the Alumni Network.
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