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If you like science and want to save thousands of dollars on the cost of a bachelor’s degree before transferring to a four year college or university, a degree in Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science from NECC could be for you.

Why Choose NECC?

By completing NECC’s Associate Degree in Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science you gain a strong foundation in liberal arts including critical reading, critical thinking, research, and communications, in addition to taking general science and mathematics courses required by many colleges and universities if you are interested in pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical science or a related field. With this program, you can:

  • Choose from three concentrations: Chemistry, Physics, or Environmental Science
  • Learn critical thinking skills to solve challenging problems
  • Develop your communication skills
  • Participate in experiential learning programs, such as travel abroad or internships
  • Use NECC resources to help you succeed, including computer labs, tutoring centers, and a career and academic advising center.

Because of NECC

Mass Transfer - links goes to the Mass Department of Ed Mass Transfer website

Upon completion of this program, you will be prepared to transfer to complete your bachelor’s degree and pursue many career paths. Employers increasingly seek workers who possess the critical thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills you will learn. You can:

  • Take advantage of MassTransfer Pathways and other transfer agreements to earn your bachelor’s degree, while saving thousands of dollars on the cost of your degree
  • Prepare for a career in fields such as research and development, meteorology, education, the environmental sector, and more.

Program Pathway

A pathway is the most efficient sequence of courses semester-to-semester recommended for students to complete their degree. The Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science Degree has three pathways:

Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes - Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science

Student Learning Outcomes – Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science

  • Study Design: Evaluate the existing knowledge base, formulate questions, interpret and analyze data, and draw conclusions.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Use basic mathematics, graphing, statistics, and data science tools to analyze your data.
  • Modeling: Recognize scientific models, use models to make inferences and solve problems, and build and evaluate your own models.
  • Interdisciplinary Thinking: Integrate concepts from across various science disciplines and from other, non-science, ways of knowing.
  • Science in Society: Understand science as a social activity consisting of both objective and subjective elements. Analyze the ethical implications of the process and the outcomes of scientific inquiry.
  • Communication: Share ideas clearly and accurately in a way that is appropriate and effective for your intended audience.

Courses and Requirements



Department Chair

Department Chair

Maria Carles

Natural Sciences Department Chair

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