Environmental Science (Field Technician)
Focused on providing a strong foundation in environmental science and equipping the student for an efficient transfer to a four-year institution by fulfilling the Massachusetts statewide transfer policy.
What will you learn?
This option emphasizes environmental field investigation and includes strong laboratory preparation. Students gain an understanding of environmental science principles as they relate to the movement of contaminants through the ecosystem. Practical experience in the use of specialized sampling and analysis equipment and the methods to assess, control, and prevent environmental contamination are included. Wetland delineation, soil analysis, landfill characterization, and groundwater movement analysis are representative of field activities. Classroom work is supplemented and enriched by an environmental internship field experience. Graduates of this option are ideally suited for positions in government, industry, and consulting which requirefield investigation or inspection and some laboratory analysis.
Students must achieve a minimum grade of "C" in all ENV prefix courses in order to graduate from this option. Students receiving less than a"C" grade in these courses are placed on probation until they retake the courses for a grade of "C" or better.
What will you do?
Graduates of this option are ideally suited for positions in government, industry, and consulting which requirefield investigation or inspection and some laboratory analysis. Explore career opportunities at What Can I Do With This Major?
60-61 total credits
20 credits General Education Requirements + 40-41 credits Program Requirements
General Education Requirements
Environmental Internship: An integral part of this program is an internship/cooperative education field experience with an area industry, governmental agency, or environmental consulting firm. These positions, many of which are paid, allow students the opportunity to put theory into practice and to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to make informed career decisions, to set career goals, and to plan further educational experiences.
Math Elective: Students should choose one of the following courses with the advice and consent of an Environmental Science advisor based on results of the Mathematics Placement Examination and individual career goals: MTH 104, MTH 108, MTH 113, MTH 114 or MTH 142.