Northwest Community College

Environmental Science Natural Resources

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework

Mission
This program is designed for students with an interest in forestry, fisheries, conservation ecology, sustainability, and wildlife management. A degree in natural resources provides students with a strong background in basic sciences, including life and the physical sciences, in addition to introducing them to concepts in nature conservancy and resource management.

Students enrolled in the Natural Resources Option of the Environmental Science program prepare for transfer into sustainable agriculture/horticulture, forest and fisheries management, marine science, conservation enforcement, wetlands and watershed management, land use and planning, and environmental biology in addition to many other BS degree programs. Students may choose to transfer into programs such as those offered through the College of Agricultural and Natural Resources at UCONN, the School of Arts and Sciences at Central Connecticut State University, the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences as Western Connecticut State University, and many other college and university programs across the state, region, and country

Faculty
Tara Jo Holmberg, tholmberg@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6363

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Demonstrate basic laboratory skills and a working knowledge of safety procedures.
2. Understand and be able to apply the scientific method of inquiry.
3. Demonstrate a basic understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis.
4. Understand basic cellular and organismal biological principles.
5. Explain the principles of evolution, ecology and natural selection.
6. Demonstrate basic understanding of chemical concepts, including chemical formulas, compounds, reactions and basic acid/base theory.
7. Demonstrate a basic understanding of field sampling, soil composition and pH testing.
8. Explain plant nutritional requirements and the symptoms of nutritional deficiencies in plants.
9. Use a dichotomous key for plant identification.
10. Demonstrate a basic knowledge of the various types of species interactions that occur within communities and a fundamental understanding of succession.
11. Explain the various processes that shape communities from terrestrial and aquatic community structure sampling and analysis.
12. Understand the fundamental scientific principles surrounding environmental issues.
13. Transfer to a 4-year program in Natural Resources, Biological Sciences or Environmental Science.

Coursework
SEMESTER 1
ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
BIO* 121 General Biology I - 4 credits
ECN* 101 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 credits
MAT*137 Intermediate Algebra OR MAT* 186 Precalculus - 3/4 credits
Humanities or Arts Elective - 3 credits
SEMESTER 2
ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits
BIO* 122 General Biology II 4
EVS* 100 Introduction to Environmental Science - 3 credits 
Chemistry Elective OR Physics Elective - 4 credits
HPE* Health & Physical Education Elective 1
SEMESTER 3
CHE* 121 General Chemistry I - 4 credits
BIO* 178 General Ecology - 4 credits
HIS* 201 US History I OR HIS* 202 US History II - 3 credits
MAT* 167 Principles of Statistics - 3 credits
HPE* Health & Physical Education Elective - 1 credit 
SEMESTER 4
BIO* 235 Microbiology - 4 credits 
COM* 173 Public Speaking - 3 credits 
CSA* 105 Intro to Software Apps OR CSA* 135 Spreadsheet Apps - 3 credits 
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits 
Elective - 3 credits 
TOTAL CREDITS 62(63)