Environmental Science (Transfer)
Gain a solid understanding of environmental science principles and prepare for transfer to a four-year college or university.
What will you learn?
The Environmental Science and Technology Transfer Option (M031) is 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 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 are essential elements in the assessment and protection of the environment.
What will you do?
This option prepares students to continue their education at a four-year college or university. Career options are varied, and include:
- Environmental Remediation
- Waste Management
- Air, Soil, and Water Science
- Planning and Conservation
- Public Policy
65-67 total credits
20 credits General Education Requirements + 45-47 credits Program Requirements
A limited number of courses can be completed online.
General Education Requirements
Ecological Economics, ECN120 (B) and Environmental Ethics, PHI 140 (C) are recommended to fulfill the social science and humanities electives, respectively.
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.
Students planning to transfer to the University of Massachusetts, Amherst should either complete the mathematics sequence MTH 113, MTH 114 or fulfill the prerequisites for MTH 113, MTH 114 prior to transfer. Also, students transferring to the UMASS, Amherst, environmental science department are advised to complete the HCC chemistry sequence of CHM 121 and 124.
Students planning to transfer to Westfield State University are recommended to take MTH 142, Introduction to Statistics, along with another 100-level mathematics course.
This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.