Environmental Science Major
This major features an interdisciplinary approach, and prepares students for a variety of physical and natural science based careers by emphasizing applied environmental science knowledge, skills and abilities. Students acquire a comprehensive understanding of how physical, biological and social systems interact, and a working knowledge of assessment techniques, research methods and management strategies used by private firms, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to address issues in environmental science.
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 Degree120
- General Education30-40
- Required Courses in Major46
- Students must complete the core, other required courses and one of four areas of concentration. GC 100 or GC 101 should be taken during the first year of the program.
- GC 202 Soils or4
- Choose 16 credits from one of the following concentrations, with no more than 12 credits from one prefix without prior approval.
- Natural Resources Concentration
- At least two courses, from two different prefixes, must be 300 level or higher. *BI 210 is required for the Natural Resources Concentration.
- BI 240 Conservation Biology (4 cr.)
- BI 442 Wildlife Management (4 cr.)
- GC 401 Biogeography (4 cr.)
- RE 371 Protected Area Management (3 cr.)
- Pollution Control and Remediation Concentration
- At least two courses, from two different prefixes, must be 300 level or higher. CH 220 (or all of CH 315/317/325/327) is required for the Pollution Control and Remediation Concentration.
- CH 220 Introduction to Organic Chemistry (5 cr.) *Required or
- CH 241 Chemical Equilibrium (3 cr.)
- CH 242 Quantitative Analysis (2 cr.)
- CH 430 Environmental Chemistry (5 cr.)
- CH 450 Biochemistry I (4 cr.)
- CH 452 Biochemistry II (4 cr.)
- CH 454 Biochemical Techniques (4 cr.)
- BI 460 Ichthyology (4 cr.)
- Water Resources Concentration
- At least two courses, from two different prefixes, must be 300 level or higher. GC 465 is required for the Water Resources Concentration.
- GC 465 Hydrology (4 cr.) *Required
- BI 411 Limnology (4 cr.)
- GC 492 Research in Water Science (2 cr.)
- Renewable Energy Technologies Concentration
- ET 221 Solar Power (3 cr.)
- ET 222 Wind Power (3 cr.)
- MET 230 Bioenergy (3 cr.)
- Other Required Courses27
This major does not require a minor.
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.
Mathematics placement at MA 103 or higher is a prerequisite to GC 235. MA 109 is recommended.
MA115 is a prerequisite to MA 161.
MA 161 is a prerequisite to PH 220.
MA 109 is a prerequisite to BI 310.