environmental science programs

Degree Programs:

Environmental Science offers both a major and minor in environmental science, a major and minor in environmental studies, and a bachelor of applied science in environmental studies.

 

Major in Environmental Science (B.S.): The major requires 38 hours, of which 26 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 and MSCI 2311 can each be used to fulfill the additional three hours math requirement in the general education core of the B.S. degree in math and computer literacy, respectively.  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.

BIOL 1401 – General Biology I

BIOL 1402 – General Biology II

GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology

GEOL 3404 – Environmental Geology

ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

Six hours from:

ENVS 3304 – Alternative Energy Technologies

ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations

ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

ENVS 4409/BIOL 4409 – Conservation Biology

Four hours from:

BIOL 3401 – Invertebrate Zoology

BIOL 3404 – Vertebrate Biology

BIOL 3405 – General Botany

BIOL 3407 – Ecology

BIOL 4400 – Plant Taxonomy

Four hours from:

CHEM 3402 – Analytical Chemistry I

CHEM 3403 – Organic Chemistry I

CHEM 3404 – Organic Chemistry II

CHEM 3407 – Instrumental Analysis

GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems

GEOL 4404 – Geochemistry

GEOL 4406 – Hydrology

GEOL 4407 – Oceanography

Three hours from:

GEOG 3305– Human Geography

GEOG 3318/HIST 3318 – Environmental/Geographical History of the U.S.

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

Required Capstone Course:

ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar

 

Minor in Environmental Science: 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.

Eight hours from:

BIOL 1401 – General Biology I

BIOL 1402 – General Biology II

BIOL 3407 – Ecology

BIOL 4400 – Plant Taxonomy

CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I

CHEM 1402 – General Chemistry II

CHEM 3402 – 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

Ten hours from:

ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar

ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations

ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

ENVS 4409/BIOL 4409 – Conservation Biology

Three hours from:

GEOG 3305 – Human Geography

GEOG 3318/HIST 3318 – Environmental/Geographical History of the U.S.

ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

Additional Requirements:

MATH 1306 – Elementary Statistics*
MSCI 3101 – Faith and Science*

 

Major in Environmental Studies (B.S.): The composite major requires 40 hours, of which 32 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.

Four hours from:

BIOL 1400 – Life Science*

BIOL 1401– General Biology I*

Four hours from:

GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology*

CHEM 1400 – Chemistry and Life*

CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I*

Seven hours from:

ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations

ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

Twenty-one hours from:

GEOG 3305 – Human Geography

GEOG 3318/HIST 3318 – Environmental/Geographical History of the U.S.

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

Required Capstone Course

ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar

 

Minor in Environmental Studies: The minor requires 22 semester hours, of which a minimum of 14 hours must be upper-level.

Four hours from:

BIOL 1400 – Life Science

BIOL 1401 – General Biology I

Four hours from:

GEOL 1401 – Physical Geology

CHEM 1400 – Chemistry and Life

CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I

Seven hours from:

ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science

ENVS 4302 – Environmental Laws and Regulations

ENVS 4303 – Natural Resource Management

Six hours from:

GEOG 3305 – Human Geography

GEOG 3318/HIST 3318 – Environmental/Geographical History of the U.S.

ECON 3331 – Environmental Economics

JUAD 3312 – Law and Society 3 hr

JUAD 3319 – American Legal System

JUAD 4313 – Alternative Dispute Resolution

MGMT 3304 – Principles of Management

RSWR 3345 – Research Writing Methods

GEOL 3408 – Geographic Information Systems

COMS 3301 – Communication in Small Groups

COMS 3306 – Argumentation and Debate

Required Capstone Course:

ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar

 

Bachelor of Applied Science in Environmental Studies (B.A.S.): The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an inverted degree program which allows individuals to apply a vocational/technical field (i.e., courses, training, or work experience) as credit toward an applied associate’s degree and, in turn, to apply the associate’s degree toward a B.A.S. degree. Students in this degree program desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. The B.A.S. exists to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate baccalaureate program while enhancing the liberal arts component of the student’s education.

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 and Life

CHEM 1401 – General Chemistry I

Six hours from:

ENVS 3401 – Environmental Science OR ENVS 3301 – Environmental Science without 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 3318/HIST 3318 – Environmental History of the U.S.

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

SOCI 3303 – Urban Sociology

SOCI 3314 – Rural Society

SOCI 3319 – Environmental Sociology

Communication Requirement :

ENGL 3320 – Foundations of Technical Communication

Required Capstone Course:

ENVS 4101 – Environmental Science Seminar