School of Natural Science and Mathematics
Environmental Science Major and Minor
The environmental science major reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field of environmental science. Solutions to the environmental issues facing our society must be scientifically sound, yet they must also be socially, economically and politically informed to be successful in promoting effective and lasting change. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in the natural sciences, with courses in biology, chemistry, and applied environmental science. Students also take environmentally focused courses in the humanities and social sciences.
Students gain hands-on experience in the field of environmental science through a required experiential component, which may be completed through an internship, research project or independent study. Environmental science majors are well prepared to pursue an environmental career or graduate education in the field.
Environmental Science Major
Environmental science majors are required to complete a minimum of 43 credit hours of coursework in biology and chemistry. Students must complete:
BIOL 221 Genetics
BIOL 225 Environmental Science
BIOL 325 Ecology
BIOL 340 Conservation Biology
CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry
Environmental science majors must also complete one of the following natural science courses:
BIOL 200 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 205 Biostatistics
BIOL 250 Animal Behavior
BIOL 400 Toxicology
BIOL 406 Evolution
BIOL 415 Watershed Ecology
CHEM 404 Instrumental Analysis
Students must select two of the following interdisciplinary electives: CJUST 320, ECON 312, ENG 388, HIST 203, PHIL 333, PSCI 337, PSCI 348, PSYCH 360, THEOL 341. Alternate environmental-related humanities or social science courses may fulfill this requirement upon approval by the department chair.
Students must complete an experiential component consisting of 1-3 credits of an internship (BIOL 480), independent study (BIOL 398) or research project (BIOL 450).
MATH 247 Calculus I is strongly recommended for students planning to apply for graduate school.
The interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies offers students the opportunity to explore the role and responsibilities of the individual and society in causing and addressing environmental problems.
The minor consists of six courses:
Environmental Science Focus - or - Environmental Values and Policy Focus
Environmental Science Focus: two natural science electives with labs, and two interdisciplinary electives.
Environmental Values and Policy Focus: four interdisciplinary electives.
All students are required to complete an experiential component, which will be planned in consultation with the Environmental Studies Program director.
No more than three courses can count toward both major and minor requirements. Special courses of study may be designed in consultation with the director.
The environmental science major is unique among the majors in the science department in that it requires an experiential component. This requirement can be fulfilled by completing one of the following:
ENV 398 Independent Study (1-3 credits)
ENV 480 Internship (1-3 credits)
ENV 450 Undergraduate research (1-3 credits)
Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.