This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying the social, ethical, and ecological interactions between the natural world and society. It provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year bachelor’s degree in environmental science for students interested in transferring.

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course

Degree with Transfer Option

CourseTitleCLLABCR
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
ECON 101CMacroeconomics303
GEOL 101CEssentials of Geology324
MATH 124CCollege Algebra or higher-level math (excluding MATH 129C)404
MATH 251CStatistics404
SOCI 180CEnvironment and Society303
XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Language elective303
 25
Major Requirements
ARET 160CIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems223
BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I324
BIOL 112CGeneral Biology II324
BIOL 212CEcology324
BIOL 215CFresh Water Ecology324
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I324
CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II324
ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science324
ENVS 290CSenior Capstone Project and Seminar324
    18
Elective Requirements (choose 2)
ARET 101CAutoCAD 2D303
BIOL 116CField Ornithology324
BIOL 117CIntroduction to Plant Biology324
BIOL 202CMicrobiology334
ENVS 220CIntroduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250CAgroecology324
MATH 125CFinite Mathematics404
MATH 140CPrecalculus404
MATH 205CCalculus I404
PHYS 133CPhysics (Algebra-based)324
PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-based)324
PHYS 231CPhysics I (Calculus-based)334
PHYS 232CPhysics II (Calculus-based)334
SCI 107CIntroduction to Meteorology324
SCI 110CAlternative Energy Fundamentals324
    7-8
Total Credits  67-68

Degree with Career Option

CourseTitleCLLABCR
General Education Requirements
ENGL 101CEnglish Composition404
ECON 101CMacroeconomics303
GEOL 101CEssentials of Geology324
MATH 124CCollege Algebra or higher-level math (excluding MATH 129C)404
MATH 251CStatistics404
SOCI 180CEnvironment and Society303
XX xxxCHumanities/Fine Arts/Language elective303
 25
Major Requirements
ARET 101CAutoCAD 2D303
ARET 160CIntroduction to Geographic Information Systems223
BIOL 111CGeneral Biology I324
BIOL 112CGeneral Biology II324
BIOL 212CEcology324
BIOL 215CFresh Water Ecology324
CHEM 103CGeneral Chemistry I324
CHEM 104CGeneral Chemistry II324
ENVS 101CFundamentals of Environmental Science324
ENVS 290CSenior Capstone Project and Seminar324
    38
Elective Requirements (choose 2)
BIOL 116CField Ornithology324
BIOL 117CIntroduction to Plant Biology324
BIOL 202CMicrobiology334
ENVS 220CIntroduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250CAgroecology324
PHYS 133CPhysics (Algebra-Based)324
PHYS 135CPhysics II (Algebra-Based)324
PHYS 231CPhysics I (Calculus-Based)334
PHYS 232CPhysics II (Calculus-Based)334
SCI 107CIntroduction to Meteorology324
SCI 110CAlternative Energy Fundamentals324
    4
Total Credits  67
  • High school Biology with a lab with a C or higher
  • High school Chemistry with a lab with a C or higher
  • Algebra I or higher with a C or higher

 

  • Students will communicate effectively.
    • Students will employ vocabulary pertinent to environmental science.
    • Students will complete research and use peer-reviewed sources of literature.
  • Students will use critical thinking.
    • Students will apply the scientific method.
    • Students will connect principles of ecology and other natural sciences to environmental issues.
  • Students will demonstrate the application of scientific technology.
    • Students will practice lab and field safety procedures.
    • Students will utilize current technology to collect, analyze, and present data.
  • Students will express quantitative and qualitative scientific knowledge.
    • Students will demonstrate competence in chemistry, biology and other foundational courses that support scientific understanding.
    • Students will describe connections between the environment and human societies and how each affects the other.

Graduates of associate and bachelor’s degree programs have more employment opportunities. Graduates can find employment as city planning aides, economic research assistants, grazing examiners, soil testers, meteorological aids, and tree wardens. With a bachelor’s degree, graduates can find employment as biotechnologists, wildlife technicians, and specimen technicians.

Students complete a capstone project over two consecutive semesters. This hands-on experience strengthens their ability to apply theory to the development of practical solutions to real-world problems.

2021 Student Projects

  Sydney Crete – Water Quality Analysis and Trends in the Turee Pond Watershed

  Jack Diaz – From Urban Wasteland to Pollinator Haven

  Amanda Gagne – Tackling Oriental Bittersweet on the NHTI Campus

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