Environmental Science

Associate in Science -  Engineering and Physical Science Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought MAT181 satisfies Area 4 - see note* 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology ENV105 satisfies Area 5 - see note* 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement, MAT093
Humanities From Area 6 3
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Introduction To Geographic Information Systems/Lab GIS124 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
Sustainable Resource Conservation/Lab ENV110 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
Survey of Renewable Energy/Lab ENV111 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
General Chemistry I/Lab CHM201 4 MAT197 and ENG111; see note*
General Chemistry II/Lab CHM202 4 CHM201; see note*
General Biology I/Lab or General Physics I/Lab BIO195 or PHY201 4 Prerequisite for BIO195: ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT194 or placement; prerequisite for PHY201: MAT197 or placement
General Biology II/Lab or General Physics II/Lab BIO196 or PHY202 4 Prerequisite for BIO196: BIO195; prerequisite for PHY202: PHY201
OPTION ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2, 8 credits total)
Earth Science ENV115 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
Introduction to Oceanography/Lab ENV113 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
Environmental Science II/Lab ENV106 4 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 and MAT093 or placement
Population Ecology/Lab BIO210 4 BIO196, or permission of the engineering and physical science department
Environmental Microbiology/Lab BIO211 see note**** 4 BIO195
CAREER ELECTIVES (CHOOSE 2, 6-8 Credits Total) see note**
Green Buildings ESM105 3 MAT093 and ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Sustainable Facilities Management ESM115 3 MAT093 and ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Applications/Concepts CIT110 3 ESL098 or RDG095
Project Management and Finance for Energy ESM211 3 ENV111
Introduction to Engineering/Lab ENR101 4 MAT194*
Precalculus MAT197 4 MAT194 or placement
Calculus I MAT281 4 MAT197 or placement
Greening Existing Buildings: Operation and Maintenance ESM205 3 ESM105 or program director approval
Energy and Sustainability Internship ESM299 3 program director approval
Interpretation and Presentation of Scientific Research SCI221 see note*** 3 BIO195, CHM201, PHY201 and/or ENR101 or Chair approval
Total Credits 64-66
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

*Note:  All science, engineering, and math courses that are pre- or co-requisites of other science and engineering courses require a grade of C+ or better.

**Note: Career Electives include: any ESM Energy and Sustainability Management course, ENR101 “Introduction to Engineering”, CIT110 “Applications/Concepts”, MAT281 “Calculus I”, SCI221 “Interpretation of Scientific Research”. Any other course must be approved by the program director to be used as a career elective.

*** Note: Choose two of the four prerequisite courses.

The following courses may also be used: BIO196 or above, CHM202 or above, PHY202 or above, ENR103 or above.

****Note: Completion or concurrent enrollment in General Biology II/Lab is recommended.

Program Overview

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field based on the interactions of living and non-living components of nature and with an emphasis on the interaction and impact humans have on the environment.  Environmental Scientists examine the role of humans as agents of change within the environment as a means to better understand causes and effects of issues that threaten the sustainability of the environment and human health.  

Career Outlook

This program will allow students to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to seek a bachelor’s degree in environmental science or studies.  

Upon Completion of this Program, Graduates will be able to:

  • Use currently accepted biological, chemical, and physical concepts to investigate problems and issues in the environment.
  • Identify and implement environmental sustainability or energy efficiency strategies within their workplace, home, or community taking into consideration factors such as project impact, cost effectiveness, and technical feasibility.
  • Explain and apply the underlying concepts of current topics in environmental science and sustainability.