Environmental Science Curriculum

Environmental Science Major Map

The B.S. in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary major. This means that in addition to taking courses in the Environmental Program (ENVS), you will take courses from a variety of different departments and programs on campus. Environmental Science majors take courses in Biology, Geology, and other science disciplines,in addition to key courses in Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Psychology. This provides students with a unique opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of fields across Winthrop's campus.

At Winthrop, your advisor will help you develop a plan for completing your degree. This page provides some general guidance to help you prepare for those meetings. You may also want to look at the Major Degree Checklist and the Undergraduate Course Catalog for the year you matriculated.

The Curriculum

Required Courses

ENVS 101a Introduction to Environmental Issues 3 cr
ENVS 220 Environmental Career Exploration 1 cr
ENVS 350 Special Topics 3 cr
ENVS 490b Senior Seminar in the Environment 3 cr
BIOL 220/222c Cell & Molecular Biology/Lab 4 cr
BIOL 221/223 Principles of Ecology and Evolution/Lab 4 cr
CHEM 105/108c General Chemistry I/Lab 4 cr
GEOG 305d or 308d Introduction to GIS OR Introduction to Geospatial Technology 3 cr
GEOL 110/113 Physical Geology/Lab 4 cr
MATH 101e or 151e Albegra & Trig for Calculus OR Applied College Algebra 3-4 cr
PHYS 201/201L or 211/211L General Physics OR Physics with Calculus 4 cr
Statistics MATH 141 OR QMTH 205 OR PLSC 350 OR PSYC 301 3-4 cr

Environmental Experiential Learning

Students also take one of the following courses in environmental experiential learning

ENVS 461 Internship in Environmental Studies 1 cr
ENVS 462 Internship in Environmental Studies 2 cr
ENVS 463 Internship in Environmental Studies 3 cr
ENVS 495 Independent Research in the Environment 3 cr

Science and Math Electives

Select four additional courses numbered above 199 in at least two designators in Biology (BIOL), Chemistry (CHEM), Geology (GEOL), Math (MATH), Human Nutrition (NUTR), Physics (PHYS), or Science (SCIE). BIOL 300: Scientific Process in Biology is recommended.

Environmental Electivesa

Students select three environmental elective courses from at least two designators (i.e. ENVS, ANTH, ECON, etc.). Available courses change each semester. Check out courses that have recently been offered and those that are being taught in Fall 2023 Environmental Courses.


a May be used to meet General Eduction Constitution, Global Perspectives, Historical Perspectives, Social Science, and Humanities and Arts requirements.

b Meets General Education Intensive Writing requirement.

c Meets General Education Natural Science requirement.

d Meets General Education Technology requirement.

e Meets General Education Quantitative Skills requirement.