Courses & Programs

Environmental Science & Technology

Two environmental science students examine a beaker

HCC's Environmental Science & Technology program provides students with a strong, comprehensive education in environmental science and prepares them for transfer to a four-year college or university or to work, upon graduation, within the field of environmental science. The program educates students efficiently and effectively in all aspects of environmental science and environmental technology. Graduates possess superior knowledge and skills to meet the needs of an evolving environmental workforce.

The central mission of the Environmental Science & Technology program is to educate students in environmental science theory and train them in the practice of environmental technology so they may work in concert with environmental consulting firms, environmental laboratories, governmental agencies, and in general industry to help find solutions to complex environmental problems.

For students planning a career in Environmental Science & Technology, the department oversees the Associate in Arts and Science degree with these options:

In addition, the department manages HCC's Pre-Forestry & Environmental Science (a liberal arts option) program. This option is primarily intended for students to transfer to the environmental science program at the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science & Forestry. The department also offers a Natural Resources transfer option. This degree option prepares students to transfer seamlessly to the University of Massachusetts Amherst for the completion of a bachelor's degree program in natural resources. In addition, the Environmental Science & Technology Department oversees the Department of Earth Sciences curriculum (earth science, meteorology, and oceanography courses).


Laurel Carpenter
Business & STEM
Marieb 321
413.552.2263 (Tel)