Environmental Studies (A.S)

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary branch of science that deals with the interactions among physical, chemical, and biological components of the environment. The subject employs qualitative and quantitative approaches to the study of environmental systems. The CAPE Environmental Science Syllabus provides opportunities for students to acquire knowledge and skills to identify, prevent and solve problems and prepares them for careers in diverse fields related to environmental management and to sustainable development of the Caribbean Region. The aims of the syllabus include development of an understanding of the interdisciplinary and holistic nature of the environment and the interactions between people and the environment.

Associate of Science - Environmental Studies

Candidate MUST have a minimum of Five (5) subjects at CXC General Proficiency including English,Geography, Integrated Science or Biology or Chemistry or Physics.



Students are required to pass all three modules of EACH course taken. A minimum of two 2-Unit courses must be taken in order to qualify for CFBC certification.


A single Certificate is provided for each examination sitting. Note well: CAPE certification does not qualify students for CFBC graduation.


To qualify for the CAPE Diploma, six CAPE Units must be successfully completed (with passes at grades I to V), including Caribbean Studies. Units for the CAPE Diploma are typically acquired over a two year period but may be acquired over a maximum period of five years.


To qualify for the CAPE Associate Degree, at least eight units must be successfully completed (with passes at grades I to V), including the General Education (Compulsory) coursesā€”Integrated Mathematics, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies. Units for the Associate Degree are typically acquired over a two year period but may be acquired over a maximum period of five years.

General Education Requirements

Communication Studies Caribbean Studies Integrated Maths
COMM1001 Module 1 - Gathering and Processing Information
COMM1002 Module 2 - Language and Community
COMM1003 Module 3 - Speaking and Writing
CCST1181 Module 1 - Caribbean Society and Culture
CCST1182 Module 2 - Issues in Caribbean Development
CCST1183 Module 3 - Investigating Issues in the Caribbean
CMTH1331 Module 1 - Foundations of Mathematics
CMTH1332 Module 2 - Statistics
CMTH1333 Module 3 - Calculus

Core Courses

Environmental Science UNIT 1: Ecology, Human Population and Natural Resources

EVSC1191 Module 1 Fundamental Ecological Principles
EVSC1192 Module 2 Human Population and the Environment
EVSC1193 Module 3 Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Environmental Science UNIT 2: Agriculture, Energy and Environmental Pollution

EVSC2191 Module 1 Agriculture and the Environment
EVSC2192 Module 2 Energy and the Environment
EVSC2193 Module 3 Environmental Pollution

Geography Unit 1: Population Geography, Geomorphic Processes and Hazards

CGEO1081 Module 1 Population and Settlement
CGEO1082 Module 2 Hydrological, Fluvial, Coastal and Limestone Environments
CGEO1083 Module 3 Natural Events and Hazards

Geography Unit 2: Climate, Economic Activity and Development

CGEO2081 Module 1 Climate, Vegetation and Soils
CGEO2082 Module 2 Economic Activity
CGEO2083 Module 3 Development and Disparities in Development

Choose one Unit from any other CAPEĀ® syllabus