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Environmental Science Degree Information

 “Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
                                -Rachel Carson, Silent Spring

 Environmental concerns have appeared throughout human history and an understanding of how our natural systems work is of ever-increasing importance. As the human population increases, the drain on our natural resources and the assault on our ecosystems intensify. Today's environmental stewards are involved in monitoring and protection of groundwater and surface water, air quality, waste, wildlife and fisheries populations, our forestlands, and conservation of ecosystem services. They are involved not only in locating and identifying problem areas, but also in monitoring, prevention, and remediation. A solid background in the sciences and the acquiring of technical skills are absolutely necessary for success in the field. We want to ensure that the quality of life we enjoy now is here for future generations.

The Associate in Science degree in Environmental Resources with a focus in Environmental Science, prepares students for careers and continuing education in natural resource fields. Through this program, students gain an interdisciplinary understanding of the natural world and the science behind current environmental issues. We offer exciting opportunities for students to engage in hands-on learning in the classroom, laboratory, and through fieldwork.

Our Environmental Science students are required to take general education courses in science, mathematics, English, and humanities, as well as specific courses in environmental science. We also offer students research opportunities through our collaborative work with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network (CoCoRaHS) and the Lotic Volunteer Network (LoVoTECS). We have ongoing research based on campus and around the North Country.

Environmental Technology Degree Information

The Associate in Science degree in Environmental Resources, with a focus in Environmental Technology, offers students many of the same opportunities as our Environmental Science concentration. Students have the opportunity to participate in research opportunities through our collaborative work with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow network (CoCoRaHS) and the Lotic Volunteer Network (LoVoTECS). These opportunities are available on campus throughout the school year with other potential opportunities during winter and summer breaks.

Our Environmental Technology students are also required to take general courses in science, mathematics, English, and humanities. However, the required content courses for this option really focus on giving students hard skills. We teach our students how to run basic surveying equipment, give them background knowledge of how GPS systems really work, and teach them advanced GIS skills. We also put this environmental technology into context by requiring them to learn about how natural systems work through geology, hydrology, and other natural resource classes. 

All of our Environmental Science and Environmental Technology students are required to take an Environmental Projects class in order to graduate. This class is completed in their last semester before graduation and is designed to require students to use the knowledge and skills that they’ve learned in their program to conduct a semester-long research project. Students work closely with their professor to experience the whole scientific process, either in small groups or in collaboration with other research being conducted in the North Country.

Our mission is to produce graduates with the knowledge and understanding to become community leaders and environmental stewards. Students have the support of academic advisors who personalize each student’s program to help meet career goals. We also work hard to connect students to professional mentors to gain opportunities outside of the classroom. We want our students to gain exposure to potential natural resource careers available in New England and to build a network of contacts for future use.

Environmental Science Faculty: Dave Carlisle, & Rachel Whitaker  Email: dcarlisle@ccsnh.edu | rwhitaker@ccsnh.edu
 

For more information about the Environmental Science and Technology programs, please contact the Admissions Office at 800-455-4525 or (603) 752-1113, ext 3000 or email at wmcc@ccsnh.edu

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For more information on environmental science resources, technology, and issues, please check out the following websites:

Northern Forest Center
NH Department of Environmental Services
NH Water Pollution Control Association 
The New England Water Environment Association
Conservation New Hampshire
USDA Forest Service - White Mountain National Forest
 

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