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Environmental Sciences

Bachelor of Science

This program is well suited to students who wish to focus on the scientific and technical aspects of environmental issues.  Graduates are broadly trained in a wide variety of scientific disciplines (like biology, chemistry, geology and physics) and are finding jobs in environmental engineering firms, regional and state governmental agencies and more, or go on to polish their skills in graduate degree programs.  Special aspects of our program include training in geographic information systems software and an experiential learning requirement that provides real-world experience before you graduate. 

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Curriculum & Learning Opportunities

Students in the Environmental Sciences and Environmental Studies programs now have access to the Margaret E. Spencer Undergraduate Fellowship. This award allows students to conduct substantial summer projects (research, service, internship or similar) that will help them become experts in their subject areas or gain experience working in an environmental field. Students may receive a summer stipend up to $3,000, a supply budget up to $500 and on-campus housing to complete their 8-week, faculty sponsored research projects. 


    Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

    The BS degree in Environmental Sciences will educate students in the scientific, social, political, ethical, and policy aspects of environmental issues in preparation for scientific careers in industry, government, and consulting, and for graduate programs in environmental sciences.

    General Education

      Semester Hours

    ACAD 101

    Principles of the Learning Academy


    Shared Skills and Proficiencies   

    Writing and Critical Thinking

    WRIT 101



    HMXP 102

    Human Experience


    CRTW 201 Critical Reading, Thinking & Writing             3
         Oral Communication See approved list; may be met by other requirement    0-3
         Technology Met in major with GEOG 305 or 308 0
         Intensive Writing Met in major with ENVS 490 0
         Constitution Requirement See approved list; may be met in major with ECON 103          0-3
         Physical Activity See approved list 1
    Thinking Critically Across Disciplines*           
    Global Perspectives

    See approved list; maybe met in major


    Historical Perspectives

    See approved list; may be met in major


    Quantitative Skills and Natural Science*    
         Quantitative Skills Met in major with MATH 0
         Natural Science Met in major with BIOL 220/222 and CHEM 105 0


    Requirements in the Major   62-68
    ENVS 101 Intro to Environmental Issues 3
    ENVS 350 Special Topics in the Environment 3
    ENVS 490 Senior Seminae in Environment 3
    BIOL 220/222 Cell & Molecular Biology and lab 4
    BIOL 221/223 Ecology, Evolution, Biodiversity and lab 4
    CHEM 105, 108 General Chemistry I & lab 5
    GEOG 305 or 308 Intro to Geographic Info Systems, Into to Geospatial Tech 3
    GEOL 110 or 113 Physical Geology and Lab 4
    MATH 101 or 151 Alg & Trig for Calculus, Applied College Algbrgra 3-4
    PHYS 201 or PHYS 211

    General Physics, Physics with Calculus


    One course in statistics:

    MATH 141, QMTH 205, PLSC 350 or PSYC 301


    Environmental  experiential learning:

    ENVS 461, 462, 463, or 495


    Science/Math Electives:  Select additional courses numbered above 199 from at least 2 designators in BIOL,
    CHEM, ENVS 375, 376, GEOL, MATH, NUTR, PHYS or SCIE. (BIOL 300 is recommended)

    Environmental electives

    Select at least three courses with at least two designators from
    the following:
    ANTH 326

    Native Peoples and Environment


    ANTH 350

    Special Topics (when titled Food & Culture)


    ANTH 540

    Human Ecology


    ECON 103 or 215, 343

    Intro to Political Economy, Principles of Microeconmics,
    Environmental Econnomics

    ENVS 350 or 510

    Special Topics (when different titles)


    ENVS 375, 376 Field Studies in Environment lab 4
    GEOG 101 or 201 Human Geography, Geography of World Regions 3
    GEOG 302 Geog Info Systems 3
    GEOG 320 Remote sensing/Environment 3
    GEOG 305, 308, 315 Intro to Geog Info Syst, Intro to Geospatial Tech,
    Global Sust Developlment
    HIST/PEAC 502 Social Movements in US Since 1960 3
    PHIL 340 Environmental Ethics 3
    PLSC 321, 325 Public Policy & Policy Analysis, Environmental Politics 3
    PSYC 311 Ecological Psychology 3
    SOCL 310 Sociology of the Environment 3
    SUST 102, 300 Into to Sustainability, Topic in Applied Sust 3
    MGT 330 Sustainable Business Practices 3
    Foreign Language Requirement   3-8
    General Electives   9-41
    Total   120


     *Note: Because this is an interdisciplinary major, the two course rule is not in affect for these areas.


     ^This requirement may be met by a satisfactory score on a recognized examination or by passing any foreign language course numbered 102 or any course with 102 as a prerequisite. 

    For additional degree requirements, please visit the Degree Requirements page.


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