Environmental Studies

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

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.

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.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC's General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for this specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Science degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society and Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy:

    Complete at least nine credit hours from the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Humanities: Complete 6 credit hours from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL); World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR).
  2. Science and Mathematics: This category is satisfied with the General Education and Required Core Courses in this program.

  3. Social Science: This category is satisfied within the General Education Civil Society and Culture area.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 6

Required Core Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

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

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
62.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Math and Science Division: 313-845-9631, math@hfcc.edu, Health Careers Education Ctr, Room: G-122
Mary Parekunnel: 313-317-1747, mparekunnel@hfcc.edu, Science Bldg, Room: J-152

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612, counseling@hfcc.edu, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
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