**No new applications are being accepted for this program**

 

Today’s world desperately needs experts in the environmental challenges faced by the Earth and all its inhabitants.

As a major in Environmental Science, you will prepare to face those challenges with a thorough grounding in the natural environment, global climate change, natural hazards, ecological balance, and biologic responses to environmental threats.

Students choose from two tracks–geoscience and ecology—and engage in hands-on work in both the lab and the field. They study the fundamental processes at work in the Earth’s geology and ecology, the interconnections between organisms and their environments, and the effects of human activities.

Suggested Four Year Course Plans

Environmental Science - Ecology Track

Year 1
Fall Semester
(16 credits)
BIO190 Principles of Biology 1 4
CHM190 General Chemistry 1 4
ENG105 Expository Writing, Oral Comm. and Research 4
ESC185 Intro to Environmental Geology 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
ENV112 Environmental Science 4
BIO191 Principles of Biology 2 4
CHM191 General Chemistry 2 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 2
Fall Semester
(14-17 credits)
BIO242 Terrestrial Ecology or
BIO240 Aquatic Ecology ¹
4
MAT190 Calculus 1 4
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective 6-9
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-15 credits)
BIO241 Marine Ecology ¹ or
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective
3-4
PHI303 Environmental Ethics 3
CHM203 Quantitative Analysis 4
MAT191 Calculus 2 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 3
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
ENV236 Environmental Technology 4
BIO310 Comparative Animal Physiology ² or
BIO 242 Terrestrial Ecology or
BIO 240 Aquatic Ecology ¹ or
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective
3-4
BIO280 Microbiology 4
PHY190 Fundamentals of Physics 1 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-17 credits)
ESC210 Aqueous Systems 4
PHY190 Fundamentals of Physics 1 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 6-9
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 4
Fall Semester
(14-17 credits)
ESC405 Environmental capstone 2
BIO 310 Comparative Animal Physiology ² or
BIO 242 Terrestrial Ecology or
BIO 240 Aquatic Ecology ¹ or
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective
3-4
CHM301 Instrumental Analysis 4
ESC400 Undergraduate Research* 0-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 1-6
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-16 credits)
ESC405 Environmental capstone 2
ESC400 Undergraduate Research* 0-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 9-13
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

¹ Students must take 2 of the 3 courses from the group, BIO 240, BIO 241, and BIO 242. BIO 240 and BIO 242 are generally offered in fall semesters. BIO 241 is offered in spring semesters. Students choosing BIO 240 and BIO 242 as their two courses take one of them in the fall of year 2. The second should be taken in the fall of either year 3 or 4, whichever semester BIO 310 is NOT offered.

 

² BIO 310 is offered in the spring semester of even numbered years. So, it should be taken in either year 3 and 4, whichever year it is offered.

 

* Undergraduate Research is highly recommended.

 

All 4-credit science courses include a required laboratory component.

Environmental Science - Geoscience Track

Year 1
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
ESC185 Intro to Environmental Geology 4
CHM190 General Chemistry 1 4
ENG105 Expository Writing, Oral Comm. and Research 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-16 credits)
ENV112 Environmental Science 4
ESC210 Aqueous Systems 4
CHM191 General Chemistry 2 4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 2
Fall Semester
(14-15 credits)
PHI303 Environmental Ethics 3
BIO190 Principles of Biology 1 4
MAT190 Calculus 1 4
Liberal Education Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(16 credits)
BIO191 Principles of Biology 2 4
ESC220 Mineralogy and Petrology 4
CHM203 Quantitative Analysis 4
MAT191 Calculus 2 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 3
Fall Semester
(15-16 credits)
ENV236 Environmental Technology 4
ESC310 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 4
BIO242 Terrestrial Ecology or
BIO240 Aquatic Ecology ¹ or
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective
3-4
PHY190 Fundamentals of Physics 1 4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(14-16 credits)
ESC elective course (300+ level) ² 4
PHY191 Fundamentals of Physics 2 4
ESC 400 Research or
BIO 241 Marine Ecology ¹ or
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective
2-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 3-4
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

 

Year 4
Fall Semester
(14-17 credits)
ESC405 Environmental capstone 2
ESC elective course (300+ level) ² 3-4
ESC400 Undergraduate Research* 0-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 1-6
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0
Spring Semester
(15-17 credits)
ESC405 Environmental capstone 2
ESC400 Research * 0-4
Liberal Educ. Requirement/General Elective 9-15
SCI399 Natural Sciences Colloquium 0

¹ Students in the Geoscience track must take BIO 240, BIO 241, or BIO 242.

 

² Students in the Geoscience track must take two Earth Science electives at the 300 or 400 level.

 

* Undergraduate Research is highly recommended.

 

All 4-credit science courses include a required laboratory component.