Environmental Studies

Program Info

Effective Term
Fall 2017
Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Science
Office Contact
School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): 313-845-9632, steminfo@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Faculty Contact
Mary Parekunnel: 313-317-1747, mparekunnel@hfcc.edu, Science Bldg, Room: J-152

Program Description

Emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problem-solving at the local, regional, and international levels. Students completing this program can transfer to bachelor programs in four broad areas: land resources, nature studies, resource and policy management, and urban service.
Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, student should be able to:

  1. Conduct an experiment; analyze, interpret, and present results either individually or in a team setting.
  2. Describe the process of ecological succession.
  3. Recognize the components of an ecosystem and explain the relationships among them.
  4. Evaluate the process of biological evolution.
  5. Explain bio-geochemical cycles.
  6. Describe the major geologic processes that affect the Earth.
  7. Describe the scope of geologic time-scales.
  8. Use Geographic Information System (GIS) software to design clear and effective digital maps.
  9. Analyze experimental data using critical thinking skills.
  10. Show proficiency in the use of basic laboratory equipment and basic knowledge of safe lab procedures.
  11. Analyze climatic data and interpret it to describe the climate of an area.
  12. Interpret topographic maps.
  13. Write formal reports using a standard format.
  14. Prepare a spreadsheet that incorporates basic formulas and a variety of formatting.
  15. Analyze free market capitalism and outline its characteristics.
  16. Demonstrate how supply and demand determine prices in a market.
  17. Examine how public policy is developed and implemented.
Career Opportunities

Some occupations of bachelor-level environmental studies majors are:

  • Teacher
  • National park naturalist
  • Resource policy planner
  • Air quality analyst
  • Regional land use planner
  • Public health officer
  • Public interest group director

General Education

See General Education Requirements for details.

Category 3: Mathematics
Complete any one course from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Complete any two, from different disciplines.
Credit Hours

Degree-Specific Requirements

Computer Technology: Complete any one
Credit Hours

Program Requirements

Students should consult the Environmental Studies advisor for a Recommended Course Sequence for your intended area of study.

Complete additional 100-level, or higher, credits to complete this degree.

Elective Hours
Minimum Total Credit Hours