Programmatic Requirements: Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science emphasizes a broad scientific understanding of the character, function and analysis of environmental systems.

Environmental Science students will be able to contribute to society's understanding of and solutions to problems that arise from human occupancy and use of the planet and environment.

Upon completion of degree requirements, students will receive a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with a specific theme.

Please note that programmatic requirements have changed for students who enter the program on or after Fall 2014. Students who have entered the program prior to Fall 2014 may elect to follow the new programmatic requirements if they wish.

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Environmental Science Programmatic Requirements (Beginning Fall 2014)

General and University Requirements

ENGL110 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 4
Discovery Learning Experience 3
Multicultural Requirement 3
Second Writing Course (ENSC 450) 3
Foreign Language 0-12
Math Requirement (MATH 241/242) 0-4

 

University and Program Breadth Requirements

(At least two different areas must be represented in each group.)

Creative Arts and Humanities 6
History and Cultural Change 6
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6

 

Program Core Requirements:

ENSC101 Introduction to the Environment 3
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II OR 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II  
ENWC 201 Wildlife Conservation and Ecology 3
PLSC 204/205 Introduction to Soil Science 4
ENSC 300 Earth Systems: Science and Policy 3
GEOL 107 General Geology 4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics OR 4
PHYS 207 Fundamentals of Physics*  
GEOG 220 Meteorology 3
GEOG 412 Physical Climatology 4
MAST 482 Introduction to Ocean Science 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
ECON 151 Introduction to Microeconomics OR 3
APEC 150 Economics of Agriculture & Natural Resources  
MATH 241 Analytical Geometry and Calculus A 4
MATH 242 Analytical Geometry and Calculus B 4
GEOG 372 Introduction to GIS OR 3/4
APEC 480 GIS in Natural Resource Management  

*Dependent on concentration, see concentration details for specifics

Field Experience (3-6 cr): An approved 3-6 credit science field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets and weekly reports/field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met.

Science Concentrations (12-15 cr): 5-6 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below)

Capstone Course: ENSC 450- Proseminar: The Environment This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

Electives:

After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree (124).

Thematic Concentrations:

Atmospheric Science
Ecoscience
Water Science
Marine Science
The Critical Zone
Energy and Environment

Read more, including details about concentrations, in the course catalog.

Honors Environmental Science Programmatic Requirements (Beginning Fall 2014)

Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Programmatic Requirements

The degree recipient must complete:

1. All requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and theme (see above).
2. All of the University Honors Program’s standard requirements for Honor’s Baccalaureate degree.
3. 9 of the 12 Honors credits required in the major must be in ENVR/ENSC courses. The remaining Honors credits in the major may come from related courses required for the major.

The 12 honors credits should be satisfied as follows:

ENSC 101 (3 cr)
ENSC 450 (3 cr)
ENSC 468 (3-6 cr) [Counts as the field experience for honors majors]
One major-related course (3 cr)

Note: When courses are offered at the 4xx/6xx level, courses taken at the 6xx-level or higher may be considered as Honors courses. This does not include those major courses offered only at the 6xx level required for the degree.

Environmental Science Programmatic Requirements (Fall 2013 and earlier)

General and University Requirements

ENGL110 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 4
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multicultural Requirement 3
Second Writing Course (ENSC450) 3
Foreign Language 0-8
Math Requirement (MATH 241/242) 0-4

 

Program Breadth Requirements

(At least two different areas must be represented in each group.)

Group A  Understanding and appreciation of the creative arts and humanities
Group B  The study of culture and institutions over time
Group C  Empirically based study of human beings and their environment

 

Program Core Requirements:

ENSC101 Introduction to the Environment 4
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
ENWC 201 Wildlife Conservation and Ecology 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
GEOL 107 General Geology 4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I OR* 4
PHYS 207 Fundamentals of Physics  
GEOG 220 Meteorology 3
GEOG 412 Physical Climatology 4
MAST 482 Introduction to Ocean Science 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
FREC 100 Sustainable Development 3
MATH 241 Analytical Geometry & Calculus A 3
MATH 242 Analytical Geometry & Calculus B 3
GEOG 271 Intro. to Geographic Data Analysis 4

*Dependent on concentration, see concentration details for specifics

Field Experience (3-6 cr): An approved 3-6 credit science field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets and weekly reports/field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met.

Science Concentrations: (15-18 cr) 5-6 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below)

Capstone Course: ENSC 450- Proseminar: The Environment This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

Electives:

After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree (124)

Concentrations:

Atmospheric Science Concentration
Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration
Environmental Chemistry Concentration
Environmental Soil Science Concentration
GeoScience Concentration
Hydrology Concentration
Marine Science Concentration
Pollution Control Concentration
Sustainable Energy Technology Concentration
Water Quality and Resources Concentration

Read more, including details about concentrations, in the course catalog.

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