The A.S. Degree in Environmental Science
Start your environmental science career at BHCC! BHCC’s new associate degree program in environmental science is a cutting-edge environmental program for the 21st century that will focuses on the critical issues affecting our planet. The program prepares students to succeed in a variety of different workforce pathways in the geosciences, including transfer to four-year environmental programs.
In this program, you’ll take core courses in Environmental Science, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Resource Conservation, Chemistry, Geographical Information Systems, Biology or Physics, with optional courses in Population Ecology, Environmental Microbiology, Earth Science, and Oceanography.
The program also includes an internship program in the clean energy, sustainability and environmental sectors in Boston.
Knowledge and Skills of Environmental Scientists
Environmental Science is a field of study based on the interactions of living and non-living components of nature, with a focus on the impact of humans on the environment.
Environmental scientists study physical and life sciences to understand interactions within environmental systems and to determine the nature and extent of environmental problems. Environmental scientists are also trained to understand where these ecological considerations fit in with the complex economic, sociological and political systems within their communities.
The research and work of environmental scientists may include activities related to climate change, wildlife conservation, waste management, energy use, clean technology, sustainable agriculture, ecology, natural resource management, fate transport and pollution mitigation, toxicology, environmental advocacy and environmental policy.
Environmental scientists may work with engineers and technologists to develop solutions for environmental problems or work with policy makers and managers to spur the development of sustainable practices and policies.
Career Pathways for Graduates
After completing this associate degree program, you will be prepared for a variety of positions within the environmental or sustainability fields, including:
- Air, water or soil sampling technician
- Waste management coordinator or specialist
- Recycling coordinator
- Environmental technician/coordinator
- Field technician
- Environmental coordinator or administrator
- Outreach coordinator or administrator
- Wildlife conservationist
Employment rates for college graduates in fields like environmental consulting, clean water, energy, environmental protection, regional planning, sustainability, and responsible land and resource management are expected to grow 16% between 2012 and 2022.
Transfer to a four-year university
Students can choose to transfer to a four-year university after completing this program to earn a Bachelor’s degree in environmental science or environmental studies. Learn more about transfer programs at BHCC.
Massachusetts residents can take advantage of some of the great opportunities and incentives available to start their education at Bunker Hill Community College. Learn more about the Commonwealth Commitment for Massachusetts residents and the Tuition-Free Community College plan for Boston residents.
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