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Catalog 2024-2025 
Catalog 2024-2025

Geoscience Transfer Option, Environmental Science, A.S.

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Laurel Carpenter, 413.552.2263, lcarpenter@hcc.edu


The Geoscience Transfer Option provides a strong foundation in the earth and environmental sciences, and equips the student for an efficient transfer to a four-year institution by fulfilling the MassTransfer policy requirements.  Graduates of the program receive a solid background in both the geosciences (physical and historical geology, oceanography) and environmental sciences that interface the Earth’s atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere.  This degree places a strong emphasis on hands-on, undergraduate research experiences that integrate the earth and environmental sciences.


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

  • apply fundamental knowledge from the physical and historical geosciences and environmental sciences
  • communicate effectively
  • comprehend new and emerging issues in the earth and environmental sciences, particularly climate and climate-change science
  • describe how Earth’s environmental systems and human systems interact
  • function on multidisciplinary teams
  • identify, formulate, and solve geoscientific/environmental problems
  • understand the impact of geoscience in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context



1SOC 110  is strongly recommended in order to fulfill the HCC Knowledge of Diversity graduation requirement.  If SOC 110  is not taken, students may elect to take an additional course beyond the program requirements to fulfill the Knowledge of Diversity requirement.

2Students planning to transfer to UMASS Amherst should take MTH 113  and MTH 114  

Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all ENV and ESC prefix courses in order to graduate from this degree option.  Courses may be repeated to obtain a grade of “C” or better.

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.


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