Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Program(ESP)  at Clatsop Community College (CCC), while in its infancy, offers opportunities and resources unusual for most lower division students, especially for those exploring the possibilities of working in natural resources and both field and policy related environmentally studies.  The ESP is closely tied to our biology program, but has links to General Science, especially GS 105, Meteorology, and GS 161, Oregon Field Biology.  All of our ESP courses include inquiry-based labs, and focus on field projects. As well, all of our ESP courses apply to the AAOT and will transfer to nearly all other colleges and universities.


 Students on board the Forerunner

   Students on board the Forerunner.


Students in our ESP

  • conduct studies on board the College's research boat, the Forerunner, in local forests, and on our beaches and intertidal ecosystems, 
  • partner with local conservation groups such as Sea Turtles Forever, a local and Costa Rican based group focusing on sea turtle conservation and problems associated with plastics and pollution,
  • have interned with a number of governmental local agencies ranging from NOAA fisheries to CREST, an agency devoted to work with the lower Columbia River and its estuary, 
  • work in the college's Living Machine, a state of the art water purification system,
  • build comradery and self confidence.


Environmental Science Classes at CCC

The following will link you to the Clatsop Community College Catalog for complete details. (.pdf, 4.1 MB).

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Community Service

Many CCC Environmental Science students integrate community service with their class work. Some local groups students have volunteered, worked, or interned with include:

   Clatsop County/Oregon DEQ



   Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, Astoria Marine Field Lab

       2001 Marine Drive, Room 120, Astoria, OR 97103 503-325-2462

   Sea Turtles Forever

   Several Watershed Councils


Contact us

Michael Bunch



Last Updated: 
November 22, 2010, 9:47 pm
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