Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major is for students interested in a rigorous scientific perspective on environmental issues. The major is designed to promote breadth in physical, life and chemical sciences and depth in an area of scientific concentration. Students in the environmental science major build a strong understanding of environmental and ecological processes, develop skills for studying, measuring and assessing ecological interactions and the interactions between environmental processes and human behavior, and the ability to critically analyze and communicate scientific information. Students who earn the degree are prepared for graduate school; local, state or federal environmental consulting; environmental research in a university, institute or other environmental agency; environmental careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations and industry.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Foundational Courses
ENVR 170: Introduction to Environmental Science
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 200: Ecology
BIOL 201: Biodiversity
CHEM 115-L: General Chemistry Lab
CHEM 115: General Chemistry
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry Lab
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry

CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Lab
MATH 231: Calculus I
PHYS 211: General Physics I

Environmental Science Requirements
Environmental/Ecology Core

ENVR 200: Environmental Geoscience
ENVR 201: Environmental Chemistry
ENVR 210: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing
ENVR 312: General Ecology

Humans and the Environment
Choose two of the following:
ENVR 225: Introduction to Environmental Economics
ENVR 309: Global Environmental Politics
ENVR 315: Environmental Laws & Regulations in the U.S.
ENVR 316: Environmental Compliance
ENVR 317: Waste Management

ENVR 320: Environmental Ethics
ENVR 321: Hazardous Materials
ENVR 322: American Environmetal Politics
ENVR 326: Environmental and Community Health
ENVR 331: Principles of Pollution Prevention and Sustainability
ENVR 333: Psychology of Sustainability

Choose one of the following:
MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics

MATH 228: Applied Statistics in Exercise & Sport Science
PSYC 275: Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (taken with PSYC 274-L)

Focused Study
Three to four upper-level natural science courses (small concentration area) from those below or courses proposed by the student in consultation with the advisor. One systematic* course is recommended.

BIOL 309: General Zoology
BIOL 330: Field Study in Marine Biology
ENVR 223: Introduction to Meterology
ENVR 305: Air Quality & Pollution Control

ENVR 307: Water Quality and Pollution Control
ENVR 344: Toxicology
ENVR 361: Environmental Field Studies

Internship (3-6 hours)
ENVR 297, 298, 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship

Research (3 hours)
ENVR 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research

All students are encouraged to present their research in Science Undergraduate Symposium held each spring semester.