Overview

The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Environmental Sciences is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

This program provides an interdisciplinary approach to studying social, ethical and ecological interactions between the natural world and society. All students begin with introductory classes in biology, math, English, chemistry, economics and philosophy (ethics), which provide the basic skills and knowledge required to address environmental problems.

The program also provides the first two years of courses necessary for a four-year baccalaureate degree in environmental science for students interested in transferring. According to the Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau’s Job Outlook Reports, graduates of both associate’s degree programs and bachelor’s degree programs will have increasing employment opportunities. Students might find employment as City Planning Aides, Economic Research Assistants, Grazing Examiners, Soil Testers, Meteorological Aids, or Tree Wardens. With a bachelor’s degree, students might find employment as Biotechnologists, Wildlife Technicians or Specimen Technicians.

Internship Considerations

NHTI has developed excellent practicum opportunities for our students to foster hands-on learning while simultaneously receiving credit. Nonetheless, the college’s first priority must be to ensure that patients/clients/children/families are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internship, externship, practicum, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client/child/family responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships and confidentiality with employees, customers, and/or patients/clients/children and their families.

Environmental Sciences Degree with Transfer Option

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
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, or Foreign Language Elective303
Total General Education Credits25
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
Total Major Credits35
Elective Requirements
Choose two of the following options below:*
XX xxxC
XX xxxC
ARET 101C AutoCAD 2D303
BIOL 116C Field Orinthology324
BIOL 117C Introduction to Plant Biology324
BIOL 202C Microbiology334
ENVS 220C Introduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250C Agroecology324
MATH 125C Finite Mathematics404
MATH 140C Precalculus404
MATH 205C Calculus I404
PHYS 133C Physics (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 135C Physics II (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 231C Physics I (Calculus-Based)334
PHYS 232C Physics II (Calculus-Based)334
SCI 107C Introduction to Meteorology324
SCI 110C Alternative Energy Fundamentals324
Total Elective Credits7-8
Total Degree Credits Required67-68

# Indicates major field course.

* Be sure to discuss these options with your advisor.

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

Courses with online/virtual labs are not accepted for major Biology and Chemistry courses.

Environmental Sciences Degree with Career Option

Course NumberCourse TitleCLLABCR
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, or Foreign Language Elective303
Total General Education Credits25
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
Total Major Credits38
Elective Requirements
Choose one of the following options below:*
XX xxxCBIOL 116C Field Orinthology324
BIOL 117C Introduction to Plant Biology324
BIOL 202C Microbiology334
ENVS 220C Introduction to Soil Science324
ENVS 250C Agroecology324
PHYS 133C Physics (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 135C Physics II (Algebra Based)324
PHYS 231C Physics I (Calculus-Based)334
PHYS 232C Physics II (Calculus-Based)334
SCI 107C Introduction to Meteorology324
SCI 110C Alternative Energy Fundamentals324
Total Elective Credits4
Total Degree Credits Required67

# Indicates major field course.

* Be sure to discuss these options with your advisor.

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

Specific Admission Requirements

  1. High school biology with a lab with a grade of “C” or better;
  2. High school chemistry with a lab with a grade of “C” or better;
  3. Algebra I or higher with a grade of “C” or better.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Associate in Science degree with a major in Environmental
Sciences, students will:

  • Use current technology to collect, analyze and present data;
  • Be able to locate and use peer‐reviewed scientific sources of literature;
  • Write and speak clearly and persuasively;
  • Demonstrate competence in chemistry, biology and other foundational courses that
    support scientific understanding;
  • Describe connections between the environment and human societies and how each
    affects the other;
  • Identify and discuss current, major environmental problems facing society;
  • Apply principles of ecology and other natural sciences to environmental issues;
  • Complete adequate course work to transfer to a four‐year university with a major in
    environmental studies at or close to the junior‐year level

67-68 Credits Required

55-60%

of students qualify for financial aid