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Environmental Science
Degree Requirements

NOTE: The degree requirements listed below are applicable to all students entering during academic year 2016-2017. Students who entered during a previous academic year should view the degree requirements in their entering year catalog in the catalog archives. Students who wish to switch to the 2016-17 major and minor requirements should submit a new Declaration of Major or Declaration of Minor form to the M Center.

Environmental Science Major—BA
Environmental Science Major—BS

Environmental Science Major—BA
(a minimum of 53 semester course credits)

Required:

BIO 001 General Biology I (4) or
BIO 002 General Biology II (4)

BIO 125 Principles of Ecology (4)

CHEM 017–018 General Chemistry I and II (4; 4)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHEM 109 Analytical Chemistry (5)

ENVS 050 Environmental Geology (4)
 
ENVS 107 Climate Change (3)

ENVS 115 Geochemistry (4)

MATH 047 Calculus I (4) or
ECON 081 Introduction to Statistics (4)

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4) or
CHEM 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Electives:
Select two courses from the following:

BIO 144 Animal Behavior (3)

BIO 145 Community and Ecosystem Biology (3)

BIO 149 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO 155 Plant Ecology (4)

BIO 158 Marine Biology (4)

BIO 161 Vertebrate Biology* (4)

ENVS 105 Oceanography (3)

And select one course from the following:

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics* (4)

ECON 138 Environmental Sustainability and Business (3)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (4)

ECON 153 Environmental Economics* (4)

GOVT 118 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (3)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (3)

*Course with prerequisite.

Those who would like to minor in environmental science are encouraged to choose a minor in biology or chemistry, with appropriate electives.

Those interested in environmental policy are encouraged to consider a minor in public policy.


Environmental Science Major—BS
(a minimum of 40 semester course credits) and general BS requirements

Required:

BIO 002 General Biology II (4)

BIO 125 Principles of Ecology (3)

CHEM 105 Organic Chemistry I (4)

CHEM 109 Analytical Chemistry (5)

ENVS 050 Environmental Geology (4)

ENVS 107 Climate Change (3)

ENVS 115 Geochemistry (4)

Senior Requirement:

BIO 191 Senior Seminar (4) or
CHEM 191 Senior Seminar (4)

Electives:

Select two of the following courses:

BIO 144 Animal Behavior (3)

BIO 145 Community and Ecosystem Ecology (3)

BIO 149 Conservation Biology (4)

BIO 155 Plant Ecology (4)

BIO 158 Marine Biology (4)

BIO 161 Vertebrate Biology (4)

ENVS 105 Oceanography (3)

Select one course from the following:

ECON 134 Public Sector Economics* (4)

ECON 138 Environmental Sustainability and Business* (3)

ECON 139 Urban Economics (4)

ECON 153 Environmental Economics* (4)

ECON 160 Economics of Oil* (3)

GOVT 118 Science, Technology, and Public Policy (3)

PPOL 150 Environmental Policy Analysis (3)

Note: It is recommended that the additional math course in the natural science and mathematics core be a course in statistics.

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Last Updated: 3/1/16