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Environmental Science

All majors enrolled in this program take a 4-course core curriculum, 11-12 hours of concentration courses within their major, selected adjunct courses and 30-33 hours of electives (major electives and general electives). This curriculum introduces students to the major global and regional environmental issues facing the planet today, and provides students with the knowledge and problem-solving skills that will enable them to play an active role in understanding our global and regional ecosystems and contributing to their future well-being. Depending on the area of concentration, this curriculum will prepare students for entry into graduate or professional schools and career paths in a diversity of fields such as environmental research, environmental policy/law, sustainability planning and development, natural resource management and conservation, environmental communications, environmental education, creative writing, environmental consulting and many others, in both public and private sectors. Graduating seniors must also complete an exit interview with the Program Director. 

Core Curriculum

Environmental Science and Environmental Studies majors are expected to complete a 4-course core curriculum that consists of an introductory foundations course, a course in statistics, an ecology and evolution course, and a senior capstone course (The Senior Experience).

Environment Core Courses:

  • ENVA A105 Foundations in Environmental Studies
  • BIOL A208 Ecology & Evolution
  • MATH A260 Introduction to Statistics or MATH A241 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • ENVA A497/498/499 Senior Experience (Capstone Course)

Concentration Courses include 3-4 advanced courses within the Biological Sciences (B.S.), the humanities (B.A.), or social sciences (B.A.) depending upon the major and area of concentration chosen by the student. For the Environmental Science (B.S.) degree, the concentration courses include a combination of lecture only and lecture + lab courses.

Teaching Certificate Option

By completing 33 hours of education courses, Environmental Science students have the option of earning a teaching certificate in secondary education. 

Adjunct And Major Elective Courses

In addition to the concentration and core courses, students will take appropriate major elective and adjunct courses in each of the three main program areas: natural sciences/mathematics, social sciences/business/law, and humanities/arts. These courses are intended to provide students with an increased understanding of the breadth of perspectives examining environmental issues and to strengthen fundamental skills and knowledge in the natural sciences and the environment. All students are required to take a course in Environmental Ethics or Environmental Philosophy. B.S. and B.A. (Humanities concentration) students are required to take Environmental Sociology. Beyond these requirements, the specific adjunct and major elective courses required vary depending upon the major and area of concentration.

Adjunct and Major Elective Course Requirements for the B.S. in Environmental Science (Biological Sciences Concentration):

  • PHIL V243 or V245 Environmental Ethics/Environmental Philosophy
  • SOCI A355 Environmental Sociology
  • MATH A257 Calculus I
  • BIOL A106/A107 Cells & Heredity
  • BIOL A108/A109 Biology of Organisms
  • CHEM A105/A107 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM A106/A108 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM A300/A302 Organic Chemistry I
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE/LAW Social Science/Law/Business Environment elective
  • HUMANITIES/ARTS Humanities/Arts Environment elective

The Senior Experience (Capstone Course)

The culmination of the major and minor is a Senior Capstone Experience consisting either of an internship (ENVA A497), a research project (ENVA A498) or an independent study (ENVA A499).

Senior Capstone Experience
Senior Experience Capstone Agreement Form
Capstone Waiver of Liability Form

Environmental Science course information

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