• Environmental Sciences and Management


  • Catalog Year 2016-2017

    The study of environmental sciences and management equips students with a general understanding of the environmental challenges facing our world. It is an interdisciplinary science that prepares students for positions in a variety of fields including environmental policy, natural resource management, pollution control, conservation, lobbying, environmental education and environmental communication. The Environmental Sciences option provides a strong foundation in mathematics, science and economics, preparing students to deal with environmental systems and human impacts on those systems.

    The two-year plan of studies listed below is designed to meet the transfer requirements for Portland State University and award the student an Associate of Science from MHCC. Transfer agreements exist between Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University that would lead to a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management - environmental sciences or a bachelor’s degree in environmental science and management - environmental studies. Contact the faculty adviser for information.

    However, MHCC students seeking a baccalaureate degree may also transfer to other institutions with different requirements. Students interested in transferring to a four-year college or university after MHCC are highly encouraged to consult with the institution they will be attending, then consult with a faculty adviser early to develop an educational plan.

    Students receiving financial aid must be seeking a certificate or degree and following official MHCC certificate or degree requirements.

    Note: Community colleges do not award transfer degrees in a subject area, but do award an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree, an Associate of Science Oregon Transfer – Business degree or an Associate of Science degree.

    Environmental Sciences

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH221 General Chemistry I 5
    GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
    MTH243 Statistics I 4
    WR121 English Composition 4
    16
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH222 General Chemistry II 5
    MTH244 Statistics II 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Environmental Science approved elective 6-7
    19-20
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    EC201 Principles of Economics I: Microeconomics 4
    WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement1 3
    Humanities requirement1, 2 3-4
    Environmental Science approved elective 3-4
    17-19
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI211 Principles of Biology I3 5
    G201 Principles of Physical Geology or PH201 General Physics I 4-5
    MTH251 Calculus I: Differential Calculus 4
    Environmental Science approved elective 3-4
    16-18
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI212 Principles of Biology II 5
    MTH252 Calculus II: Integral Calculus 4
    Humanities requirement1, 2 3-4
    Environmental Science approved electives 6
    18-19
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI213 Principles of Biology III 5
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    Oral Communication requirement1 3
    Environmental Science approved electives 6
    15

    1 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 16 of the printed catalog.
    2 PHL202, Fundamental Ethics, is suggested to fulfill humanities requirement.
    3 BI211 prerequisite includes either CH151 or CH221, see course description.
    4 Students may take the equivalent of GEOG210,(GEOG105 at MHCC).

    The following courses may fulfill Environmental Science electives:
    Course Title Credits
    ESR231 Energy Management I 3
    ESR232 Energy Management II 3
    ESR281 Elements of Industrial Hygiene 3
    ESR285 Safety and Health Studies and Laws 3
    ESR271 Environmental Science II: Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4
    SHS100 Introduction to Environmental Health and Safety 2
    SHS101 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations I 3
    SHS143 Environmental Science Lab I: EPA Methodology Lab and Sampling 3
    SHS171 Environmental Science I: Chemistry of Hazardous Materials 3
    SHS201 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations II 3
    SHS221 Environmental Safety I: Emergency Response Planning 4
    SHS222 Environmental Safety II: Environmental Auditing 4
    SHS225 Human and Environmental Toxicology 3
    SHS230 Sustainable Business Practice 3
    SHS243 Environmental Science Lab II: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis 4
    WE280EV_ Cooperative Education Internship 3

    Environmental Studies

    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH104 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry I 5
    CIS120L Computer Concepts Lab I 1
    MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions 5
    WR121 English Composition 4
    15
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH105 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry II 5
    SHS143 Environmental Science Lab I: EPA Methodology Lab and Sampling 3
    MTH243 Statistics I 4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 4
    Oral Communication requirement2 3
    19
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    CH106 General, Organic and Biological Chemistry III 5
    WR227 Technical Report Writing 4
    Health and Physical Education requirement2 3
    Humanities requirement2,3 3-4
    Environmental Studies approved elective 3-4
    18-20
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI101 General Biology I or BI211 Principles of Biology I 4-5
    GEOG105 Introduction to Physical Geography 3
    Environmental Studies approved electives 9-10
    16-18
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI102 General Biology II or BI212 Principles of Biology II 4-5
    SHS222 Environmental Safety II: Environmental Auditing 4
    Humanities requirement2,3 3-4
    Environmental Studies approved elective 3
    14-16
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    BI103 General Biology III or BI213 Principles of Biology III 4-5
    CH170 Environmental Chemistry 4
    SHS243 Environmental Science Lab II: Introduction to Instrumental Analysis 4
    Environmental Studies approved electives 6
    18-19

    1 SHS143 and SHS243 are equivalent to ESM221 at PSU.
    2 This plan aligns with the Associate of Science degree; refer to degree requirements, page 16 of the printed catalog.
    3 PHL202, Fundamental Ethics, is suggested to fulfill humanities requirement.

    The following courses may fulfill Environmental Studies electives:
    Course Number Course Title Credits
    ESR271 Environmental Science II: Introduction to Environmental Engineering 4
    ESR281 Elements of Industrial Hygiene 3
    ESR285 Safety and Health Studies and Laws 3
    SHS101 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations I5 3
    SHS201 Environmental Health and Safety Regulations II5 3
    SHS225 Human and Environmental Toxicology 3
    SHS230 Sustainable Business Practice 3

    4 5 SHS101 and SHS201 must be in taken in combination for transfer eligibility, and is equivalent to EMS222 at PSU.

    Transfer Schools' Web Links
    School Link
    Portland State University pdx.edu/esm/undergraduateadvising