Natural Resources

Do you like to work outdoors? Do you enjoy seeing the diversity of trees and wildlife here in our richly forested Northeast? Do you like being in a greenhouse, growing plants? Have you ever thought about being a park ranger or forester? Do you keep up with the current debate about global warming and alternative energy use? Did you know that MWCC is a national leader in renewable energy use with its biomass plant, solar PV panels and two turbines? If these questions pique your interest, then you should consider looking into our Natural Resources Degree program. We offer a science based Associates Degree program which can prepare you for work in the vast field of Natural Resources. The emphasis of our program is in plant science with courses such as Horticulture, Ecology, Forestry, Soil Science, Plant Science, and Greenhouse Management. Graduates from our program can pursue entry-level jobs in horticulture/floriculture, landscaping, agriculture, forestry, and various local/state/private environmental organizations. We also have a joint admissions agreement with UMASS Amherst and Mass. College of Liberal Arts.

Additionally, many Natural Resource students are also members of the Green Society, a student run club that advocates and educates for various local and global environmental causes. Over the last few years the club has sponsored plant sales, CFL light bulb sales, and has volunteered at local community events, such as the Garlic and Arts Festival and the Red Apple Farm Harvest Festival.

If you have any questions or want more information on any of the above courses, please contact Dr. Tom Montagno, at tmontagno@mwcc.mass.edu or at 978-630-9241.

Department of Natural Sciences:

Are you are drawn to the current hot button topic of evolution? You might wonder where you stand on the controversy surrounding this issue. Our General Biology courses will help you to make sense of the issues! Bio 109 and Bio 110 reveal the wonders of the biological world and each one serves as a four credit lab science requirement. The possibilities from the cellular level all the way to complex organisms are explored.

Finally, Introduction to Biotechnology (Bio 102 –a new course for Spring 06) is being offered as a 4 credit lab science course for those who like the science behind such shows as CSI! Here we will explore the potential for technology in helping to improve the quality of our lives, and we will discuss the issues surrounding its use. This course will bring a basic understanding to beginners, while giving enough background to make it interesting for those who might like to explore a good scientific mystery!

For more information about the above, contact your advisor or see your fall course catalog! You may also contact Professor Heather Conn (telephone 978-630-9228) or hconn@mwcc.mass.edu in the Division of Business, Science, Technology and Math to find out more.