environmental science programs

Environmental Science Major: The major requires 41 hours, of which 29 hours are upper-level.  Courses must be selected from the groupings listed below.  Students are encouraged to carefully select applicable electives in the groups shown below to complement their minor and avoid course overlap between their major and minor.  *Math 1306 Elementary Statistics and MSCI 3101 Faith and Science are requirements for all math and science majors.  MATH 1306 may be used to fulfill the additional three hours math requirement in the general education core of the B.S. degree.  CHEM 1401 and CHEM 1402 may be used to fulfill 8 hours of the physical science and science elective requirements in the general education core of the B.S. degree.

      Biology Group  (8 hours required)
                BIOL 1401 – General Biology I
                BIOL 1402 – General Biology II

      Geology Group  (8 hours required)
                GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology
                GEOL 3404 – Environmental Geology

      Environmental Science Group  (10 hours required)
                ENVS 3301 – Environmental Science

                ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar

                six hours from:
                     ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations
                     ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management
                     ENVS (BIOL) 4409 – Conservation Biology

      Chemistry Group  - four hours from:
                CHEM 2402 – Analytical Chemistry I
                CHEM 3407 – Instrumental Analysis
                GEOL 4404 – Geochemistry

      Biological Science Electives - four hours from:
                BIOL 3401 – Invertebrate Zoology
                BIOL 3404 – Vertebrate Biology
                BIOL 3405 – General Botany
                BIOL 3407 – General Ecology
                BIOL 4400 – Plant Taxonomy

      Physical Science Electives - four hours from:
                CHEM 3403 – Organic Chemistry I
                CHEM 3404 – Organic Chemistry II
                GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems
                GEOL 4406 – Hydrology
                GEOL 4407 – Oceanography

      Non-Science Electives - three hours from:
                GEOG 3305– Human Geography
                GEOG/HIST 3318 – Environmental History of US
                ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

     Additional Requirements:
                *MATH 1306 – Elementary Statistics
                *MSCI 3101 – Faith and Science
                CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I
                CHEM 1402 – General Chemistry I

 

Environmental Science Minor: The minor requires 21 hours, of which a minimum of 12 hours must be upper-level. *MATH 1306 Elementary Statistics is a requirement for all math and science minors. It may be used to fulfill the additional three hours math requirement in the general education core for the B.S. degree.

      Biological-Physical Science Electives - eight hours from:

                BIOL 1401 – General Biology I
                BIOL 1402 – General Biology II
                BIOL 3407 – General Ecology
                BIOL 4400 – Plant Taxonomy

                CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I
                CHEM 1402 – General Chemistry II

                CHEM 2402 – Analytical Chemistry I

                CHEM 3403 – Organic Chemistry I
                CHEM 3407 – Instrumental Analysis

                GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology
                GEOL 3404 – Environmental Geology

                GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems

                GEOL 4404 – Geochemistry

                GEOL 4406 – Hydrology
                GEOL 4407 – Oceanography

      Environmental Science Group - ten hours from:
                ENVS 3301 – Environmental Science

                ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar
                ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations
                ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management
                ENVS (BIOL) 4409 – Conservation Biology

      Non-Science Electives - three hours from:
                GEOG 3305– Human Geography
                GEOG/HIST 3318 – Environmental History of US
                ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

     Additional Requirements:
                *MATH 1306 – Elementary Statistics
                *MSCI 3101 – Faith and Science

 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science Possible Sequence of Courses: The following is ONE of many four-year schedules that a student could follow to receive a B.S. degree in environmental science in four years. Once lower-level pre-requisite courses are completed, the actual sequence of upper division electives may vary depending on individual course rotations and other scheduling constraints. Students are strongly encouraged to schedule courses in consultation with their assigned academic advisor. Note that if the student chooses a minor outside of the sciences, additional elective courses may be needed to complete the 124 hours required for the B.S. degree. Care must be taken to ensure that 42 upper division hours are completed, regardless of the minor chosen.

 

Freshman Year, Fall Semester:

BIOL 1401 4 hrs
CHEM 1401 4 hrs
MATH 1304 4 hrs
ENGL 1301 3 hrs
UNIV 1100 1 hr
TOTAL 15 hrs

 

Freshman Year, Spring Semester:

BIOL 1402 4 hrs
CHEM 1402 4 hrs
MSCI 2311 3 hrs
ENGL 1302 3 hrs
EXSS 1112 1 hr
Elective 3-4 hrs
TOTAL 18-19 hrs

 

Sophomore Year, Fall Semester:

GEOL 1401 4 hrs
ECON//GEOG/PHIL/PSYC/SOCI  3 hrs
ENGL Sophomore Level Literature 3 hrs
COMS 1301, 1303, 2302, 2303 3 hrs
MATH 1306 3 hrs
EXSS activity course 1 hr
TOTAL 17 hrs

 

Sophomore Year, Spring Semester:

BIOL/CHEM/PSCI elective 4 hrs
GEOL 3404 4 hrs
Elective 3-4 hrs
POLS 2301 3 hrs
HIST 1303 or 2301 3 hrs
TOTAL 17-18 hrs

 

Junior Year, Fall Semester

ENVS 3301 3 hrs
ART/MUSI/THEA 3 hrs
RLGN 1301 3 hrs
HIST 1304 or 2302 3 hrs
Course from minor 3-4 hrs
TOTAL 15-16 hrs

 

Junior Year, Spring Semester:

BIOL/CHEM/PSCI elective 4 hrs
ENVS 4302 3 hrs
Course from minor 3-4 hrs
RLGN 1302 3 hrs
MSCI 3101 1 hr
TOTAL 14-15 hrs

 

Senior Year, Fall Semester:

BIOL/CHEM/PSCI elective 4 hrs
Elective 3 hrs
Elective 3 hrs
Course from minor 3-4 hrs
Course from minor 3-4 hrs
TOTAL 16-18 hrs

 

Senior Year, Spring Semester:

ENVS 4101 1 hr
ENVS 4303 or 4307 3 hrs
Course from minor 3-4 hrs
Elective 3 hrs
Elective 3 hrs
GRAD 0001 0 hrs
TOTAL 13-14 hrs

To reduce hours per semester, plan to take May and/or summer classes.

Upper-level physical science courses are offered on a two year rotation. The order of the courses taken during the junior and senior years will depend on the year of entry into the program.

 

Environmental Studies Major (B.A.S.): The major requires 39 hours, of which 31 hours are upper-level.  Courses must be selected from the groupings listed below.  Students are encouraged to carefully select applicable electives in the groups shown below to complement their minor and avoid course overlap between their major and minor. Up to 4 hours from the Biology group and up to 4 hours from the Physical Science Group may be used to fulfill 8 hours of the physical science and science elective requirements in the general education core of the B.S. degree.

      Biology Group - four hours from:
                BIOL 1400 – Life Science
                BIOL 1401– General Biology I

      Physical Science Group - four hours from:
                GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology

                CHEM 1400 – Chemistry of Life
                CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I

      Environmental Science Group - seven hours from:
                ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

                ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar
                ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations
                ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

      Twenty-one hours from:
                GEOG 3305– Human Geography
                GEOG/HIST 3318 – Environmental History of US

                POLS 3303 – Public Administration
                ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

                JUAD 3312 – Law and Society
                JUAD 3319 – American Legal System
                JUAD 4313 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

                SOCI 3303 – Urban Sociology
                SOCI 3314 – Rural Society
                MGMT 3304 – Principles of Management

      Three hours from:
                RSWR 3345 – Research Writing Methods
                GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems
                COMS 3301 – Communication in Small Groups
                COMS 3306 – Argumentation and Debate

 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Studies (B.A.S.): Students majoring in Environmental Studies for the B.A.S. degree must complete 36 hours, of which 18 must be upper-level credit. The 36-semester hour major includes alternative courses drawn from biology (4 hours); physical science (4 hours); environmental science (7 hours); non-science electives (18 hours); and communication/technology (3 hours), as follows:

four hours from:

BIOL 1400- Life Science

BIOL 1401- General Biology I

four hours from:

GEOL 1401- Physical Geology

CHEM 1400- Chemistry of Life

CHEM 1401- General Chemistry I

six hours from:

ENVS 3401- Environmental Science - OR - ENVS 3301- Environmental Science without a lab

ENVS 3304- Alternative Energy Technologies

ENVS 4302- Environmental Laws and Regulations

ENVS 4303- Natural Resource Management

eighteen hours from:

COMS 3301- Communication in Small Groups

COMS 3306- Argumentation and Debate

ECON 3331- Environmental Economics

GEOG 1301- Introduction to Physical Geography

GEOG 1302- World and Regional Geography

GEOG 3305- Human Geography

GEOG/HIST 3318- Environmental History of US

GEOL 3408- Geographic Information Systems

JUAD 3312- Law and Society

JUAD 3319- American Legal System

JUAD 4313- Alternative Dispute Resolution

MGMT 3304- Principles of Management

POLS 3303- Public Administration

SOCI 3033- Urban Sociology

SOCI 3314- Rural Society

SOCI 3319- Environmental Sociology

ENGL 3320- Foundations of Technical Communication

ENVS 4101- Environmental Science Seminar