Northwest Community College

Environmental Science

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
Mission
This program is designed for students with an interest in environmental science, environmental biology, soil science, environmental health, environmental monitoring, sustainable agriculture/horticulture, and resource economics. This program provides students with a strong background in the basic sciences as well as introduces them to the interdisciplinary concepts of environmental risk, assessment, and management. 

Students enrolled in the Environmental Science program prepare to transfer into Bachelor of Science degrees 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. This program is intended to assist students in pursuing a career in environmental research, consulting, monitoring, remediation, and oversight.

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. Explain the principles of evolution, ecology and natural selection. 
5. Understand basic cellular and organismal biological principles. 
6. Demonstrate basic understanding of chemical concepts, chemical formulas, compounds, reactions and basic acid/base theory. 
7. Explain principles of solution chemistry. 
8. Explain principles governing gases. 
9. Demonstrate a basic understanding of field sampling, soil composition and pH testing. 
10. Understand the fundamental scientific principles surrounding environmental issues. 
11. Define the term environment and identify some important environmental concerns we face today. 
12. Evaluate the major environmental risks we face and how risk assessment and risk acceptability are determined. 
13. Identify the importance of wicked problems, resilience, and adaptive management in environmental planning. 
14. Transfer to a four year program in 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 credits
EVS* 100 Introduction to Environmental Science - 3 credits
Lab Science Elective - 4 credits
HPE* Health & Physical Education Elective - 1 credit
SEMESTER 3
CHE* 121 General Chemistry I - 4 credits
CSA* 105 Intro to Software Apps OR CSA* 135 Spreadsheet Apps - 3 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
CHE* 122 General Chemistry II - 4 credits
Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits
Elective - 3 credits
TOTAL CREDITS 62(63)