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Catalog 2024-2025 
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Natural Resources Studies Transfer Option, Environmental Science, A.S.

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Laurel Carpenter, 413.552.2263, lcarpenter@hcc.edu


This program applies towards a Natural Resources Conservation degree at four year colleges. In particular, this program is designed for direct transfer to the Natural Resource Conservation, Wildlife Conservation, and Fisheries Conservation majors in the Department of Environmental Conservation at the University of Massachusetts.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • understand the biological, chemical, and physical aspects of air, water, and land pollution and be able to describe human roles in producing those pollution types
  • describe how environmental systems and human systems function
  • describe local, national, and international case studies of environmental pollution and be able to describe aspects of environmental justice and ethics surroundings those studies
  • explain why biodiversity is critical to ecosystem functioning
  • use concepts of population ecology to understand both wildlife and human population growth and the resulting impacts
  • apply the concepts of ecology, energy flow, and material cycling to specific environmental problems
  • organize, present, and write environmental science topics using scientific formatting that would be expected from a career professional
  • use computer technology, field, and laboratory equipment to conduct physical, chemical, and biological environmental analyses
  • understand the importance of accurate data collection, recording, and analysis
  • use knowledge of scientific methods to interpret and think critically about scientific reports, news, or other media




1Recommended choice will depend on the student’s intended transfer institution.  Please consult either the program coordinator or transfer coordinator for proper advisement.

This program qualifies for the MassTransfer STEM block, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities.  MassTransfer grants students automatic acceptance to certain Massachusetts state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.  Students who enroll in programs with the 28-credit MassTransfer STEM block will need to complete the associate’s degree in order to waive the general education requirements at a Massachusetts State University.  In addition to the completion of the associate’s degree and the STEM block at HCC, students will need to complete an additional 12 credits in general education at the four-year college.  If a student does not complete the associate’s degree prior to transferring, it is recommended that they complete the 34-credit MassTransfer block.  Students should meet with Mark Broadbent, Coordinator of Transfer Affairs, to discuss their transfer plans.

Depending on course selection, 50% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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