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

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