Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major trains students in the physical and life sciences that inform environmental issues, providing breadth across math, science and social science, and depth within an area of scientific concentration.  Students develop skills for measuring and analyzing ecological interactions, environmental processes and the impacts of human behavior on natural resources, and for communicating scientific information orally and in writing.  Students with a major in environmental science are prepared for science-oriented careers in state or federal conservation agencies, parks or forest service, environmental consulting, and non-governmental organizations such as The Nature Conservancy. They are also likely to pursue graduate school in any environmental discipline to enhance their career opportunities.

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

Math and Science Foundations
ENVR 170: Introduction to Environmental Science

Mathematics
MATH 231: Calculus I

Statistics
Choose one of the following courses:
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)

Physics
PHYS 211: General Physics I

Chemistry
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Lab
(Note: Students with limited chemistry background may need to take CHEM 115 and 115-L prior to CHEM 238 and 238-L)
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry Lab

Biology
BIOL 172: Exploring Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Genetic Inheritance
BIOL 182: Evolution
BIOL 200: Ecology

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

Interface Between Humans and the Environment
Choose two of the following courses:
ENVR 225: Introduction to Environmental Economics
ENVR 309: Global Environmental Politics
ENVR 315: Environmental Laws & Regulations in the U.S.
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
ENVR 413: Resource Management and Planning

Focused Study
Choose three of the following courses:
BIOL 310: Field and Systematic Botany
BIOL 314: Field and Systematic Zoology
BIOL 330: Field Study in Marine Biology
BIOL 341: Limnology
ENVR 223: Introduction to Meteorology
ENVR 305: Air Quality and Pollution Control
ENVR 307: Water Quality and Pollution Control
ENVR 344: Toxicology

Applied Practice
Choose one of the following courses:
ENVR 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
ENVR 391, 392, 491, 492: Research