Environmental Science

Allied Health & Sciences

Degree awarded: Associate in Science

Program Narrative

As an Environmental Science student, you will experience a broad and dynamic field that unites a number of disciplines so you can understand the biologic, hydrologic, geologic, and atmospheric components of the Earth and the role of human beings on the Earth. In addition, an information explosion has occurred in Environmental Science that will provide you with opportunities in many facets of the field. With a curriculum that parallels the first two years of most four-year programs, NCC can provide you will the foundational knowledge and skills in this expanding area of science in preparation for transfer to a four-year college or university program.

NCC's program can be customized to prepare you for the range of majors and fields that are based in the environment, including laboratory sciences, wildlife conservation, resource management, environmental law, human ecology, and more. By working closely with an advisor, you can choose the right electives, and stay on track with the requirements of the transfer college of your choice.

Program Features

Northampton has close articulation agreements with a variety of colleges; these agreements will enable you to transfer from NCC to the four-year institution you select. You will receive close advising, and, based on your performance, you are assured easy transfer of your credits. Students graduating from NCC often transfer to baccalaureate institutions such as East Stroudsburg University, Cedar Crest College, and the State University of New York-College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry.

Program Requirements

Successful students in this program have taken sufficient math and chemistry in high school. Students who come to NCC without these previous experiences, can take courses to prepare for the more advanced math and science required in the program. We recommend that you take the necessary preparatory classes prior to, or during your first semester.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the program will:

  • Understand fundamental concepts of Environmental Science, interrelating the functions of living and nonliving systems and the role of humans in the environment.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for sharing discipline-specific knowledge and communicating professionally.
  • Conduct scientific inquiry and research on environmental topics as those topics relate to science, technology, and society.
  • Proficiently function in laboratory and field settings, demonstrating proper field techniques and using modern scientific instrumentation, including sampling and measuring devices as well as computer technology.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the fundamentals of environmental safety to ensure both personal and group safety.
  • Understand the use of the scientific method to interpret scientific data and make policy recommendations based on the data.

Environmental Science

Associate in Science Degree

Course Code Course Title Credits
First Semester
BIOS 107 Biology I 4
CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 101 English 1 3
---------- Mathematics Elective (QL) + 3
---------- Environmental Concepts Elective ++ 3/4
Second Semester
BIOS 150 Biology II 4
CHEM 220 General Chemistry II 4
ENGL 151L English II (Literature) 3
CMTH 102 Speech Communication 3
---------- Mathematics Elective (QL) + 3
Third Semester
BIOS 206 General Ecology 4
CHEM 201G Organic Chemistry I 4
---------- Environmental Concepts Elective++ 3/4
---------- General Education Elective 3
Fourth Semester
BIOS 210 Environmental Biology 4
CHEM 251 Organic Chemistry II 4
---------- Environmental Concepts Elective++ 3/4
---------- General Education Elective 3
Total Credits: 62/65

+ Mathematics Elective options: MATH 140, 145, 150, 160, 175, 176, 180, 181, 210, 211. To insure transfer, electives should be selected to meet the requirements of the appropriate transfer institution.

++ Environmental Concepts Electives: Students are required to take three electives from among the following courses: BIOS 220, 230, GEOG 121, 140, 271, GEOL 201, HUMA 150. To insure transfer, electives should be selected to meet the requirements of the appropriate transfer institution.

  • For the General Education Electives, students must select one course from the list of approved courses in two of the following categories: Arts & Humanities (AH); Social Science: Societies and Institutions over Time (SIT) and Social Science: Scientific Study of Human Behavior (SSHB).
  • One course must be designated Diversity (D).
  • Completion of CHEM 201G satisfies the program-related Writing Intensive (WI) requirement. In addition, one General Education Elective course must be taken in a Writing Intensive (WI) section.
  • Computer competencies are included in various program courses. Thus, completing the program automatically satisfies the computing requirement for this program.