Environmental Science Major

This major provides students with an interdisciplinary approach on how to apply research methods, assessment techniques and management strategies to resolve environmental problems. It provides students an opportunity to gain an understanding of how the physical, biological and social sciences interact with each other in this field of study.

As a requirement for graduation, all non-teaching earth, environmental and geographical sciences department majors must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.25 for all courses constituting the major curriculum. Exceptions must be requested via petition to the department's appeal committee. 

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Total Credits Required for Degree 120

Liberal Studies 30-40

Required Courses in Major 70-73
Students must complete the core and one of four areas of concentration. GC 101 should be taken during the first year of the program. 

Core 54-57
     CH 315 Organic Chemistry I (3 cr.) and
     CH 325 Organic Chemistry II (3 cr.) and
         PH 220 Introductory Physics I (5 cr.) [III]

Concentration 16
Choose 16 credits from one of the following concentrations, with no more than 12 credits from one prefix without prior approval. 
Natural Resources 
At least one course must have a BI prefix. 
GC 491 Internship (2-6 cr.)
Pollution Control and Remediation 
GC 491 Internship (2-6 cr.)
Water Resources 
At least one course must have a BI prefix. 
GC 491 Internship (2-6 cr.)
Renewable Energy Technologies 
GC 491 Internship (2-6 cr.)

Other Required Courses 8

This major does not require a minor. 

Recommended Electives
It is recommended that students consult with their advisor and consider taking an internship and courses in foreign language and cultures, business, economics and policy-related courses. 

Prerequisite Notes:

Mathematics placement at MA 103 or higher are prerequisites to GC 235. MA 171 is recommended.

GC 100 and GC 205 are prerequisites to various GC courses.

MA115 is a prerequisite to MA 161.

MA 161 is a prerequisite to PH 220.

MA 171 is a prerequisite to BI 310.