second Bachelor's degree in STEM field necessary? Advice needed!
I'm hoping the knowledgeable posters on this board can offer me some advice on how to transition into the STEM field. If this isn't the best place to post, please let me know.
I'm a rising college senior at a state school in NY. I'm set to graduate in May 2013 with a BA in History and a minor in German. Originally I planned to pursue graduate studies in History with academia as my end goal. Lately, I've been rethinking that career path for a number of reasons (losing interest in the field, opportunity costs of a PhD, lack of jobs, etc).
Before I decided on my History major, I was very interested in pursuing a career in Environmental Science. ES, Geology, and Conservation Biology all interested me. My dilemma is, I'm not sure how to transition from the humanities into the STEM field. I know I'll need to define my interests more than the above and brush up on relevant the relevant core classes.
Has anyone else gone through this? At this point I can't stay at my current undergraduate school to earn my BS. I'd have to start the second degree basically from scratch. I'm 9 credits away from meeting the degree requirements for my BA so I'd like to graduate on time. Is it possible to gain employment with a humanities degree and basic science courses? Will I need to get my BS to be employable? I'm not interested in working in academia. Ideally I'd like to be "in the thick of it" covered in dirt in the field! Student loans are definitely a consideration, but I'd be willing to pursue the BS if I could find an affordable program.
Unfortunately, my history degree didn't give me much time to take any STEM classes so I'm planning on attending my local community college after I graduate. At the CC I would brush up on math, biology, geology, physics, and chemistry.
Any advice would be very much appreciated! I know this may not be the easiest thing to do coming from a non-science background, but I think it's something I need to pursue. Thanks!