Sep 19, 2019  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
  
College Catalog 2019-2020

Environmental Science Transfer Option, Environmental Science, A.S.


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CONTACT

Jamie Laurin, 413.552.2523, jlaurin@hcc.edu

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Environmental Science and Technology Transfer Option is focused on providing a strong foundation in environmental science and equipping the student for an efficient transfer to a 4-year institution by fulfilling the Massachusetts statewide transfer policy known as MassTransfer. Graduates of the program are trained in a wide spectrum of sophisticated technical procedures used in the laboratory and in the field. They are exposed to a broad knowledge base in air quality, surface water and ground water quality, hazardous waste technologies, and computer applications like geographic information systems (GIS). As a result, such individuals are highly organized and have strong comprehension and communication skills. Through this expansive knowledge base, graduates are astute problem solvers, which is an essential element in the assessment and protection of the environment.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

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.

  • 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.

PROGRAM ELECTIVES: 6-8 CREDITS


  • Program Elective: 3-4 credits2
  • Program Elective: 3-4 credits2

TOTAL: 65-69 CREDITS


NOTES

1Student planning to transfer to UMASS Amherst should either complete the mathematics sequence of MTH 113 -MTH 114  or fulfill the prerequisites for MTH 113 -MTH 114  prior to transfer. These students are also recommended to complete the BIO 107 -BIO 108  sequence prior to transferring.  Students planning to transfer to Westfield State University are recommended to take MTH 142  and one additional 100-level mathematics course.

2Select any course from the following designations: BIO, CHM, EGR, ENV, ESC, MTH, PHS, SEM, SUS.

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

This program qualifies for 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.

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

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