Environmental Science - Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The environmental science major is a multidisciplinary program based on a strong general science curriculum and an environmental curriculum that focuses on environmental problems and solutions. Although administered by the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, a multidisciplinary advisory committee recommends curriculum and other changes to the program. Graduates are very competitive for careers in industry and government and have excellent preparation for graduate programs in a variety of fields. A grade of C- or better must be earned in the Basic Background and Core Requirements.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications10
English Composition - Level 1 1
English Composition - Level 2 1
Oral Communication 1
Area II: Mathematics
MATH 1511GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I 24
Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences and Social/Behavioral Sciences 11
General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors4
Area IV: Social & Behavioral Sciences Course (3 credits) 1
Area V: Humanities 13
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 13
General Education Elective 3
GEOL 1110GPhysical Geology4
Viewing A Wider World 46
Departmental/College Requirements
Basic Science and Math Requirements (43 credits including Area III and General Education Elective above)
BIOL 2110GPrinciples of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology3
BIOL 2610GPrinciples of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (note: BIOL 2610L is NOT required for ES major)3
BIOL 311General Microbiology3
CHEM 2115Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory4
A ST 311Statistical Applications3
MATH 1521GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II4
or MATH 1430G Applications of Calculus I
PHYS 1310GCalculus -Based Physics I (note: the lab is NOT required for ES major)3
SOIL 2110
2110L
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory
4
Environmental Science Core Requirements
ENVS 1110GEnvironmental Science I4
ENVS 2111
2111L
Environmental Engineering and Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory
4
ENVS 301Principles of Ecology3
ENVS 312Emergency Response to Hazardous Material Incidents2
ENVS 361Basic Toxicology3
ENVS 370Environmental Soil Science3
ENVS 391Internship3
ENVS 422Environmental Chemistry3
ENVS 452Geohydrology4
ENVS 460Introduction to Air Pollution3
ENVS 462Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants3
ENVS 470Environmental Impacts of Land Use and Contaminant Remediation3
GEOG 481Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) (any GIS course)4
Select from one of the following:4
Water Measurement3
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology4
Aquatic Ecology4
Second Language: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 56
Total Credits120

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 1220G College Algebra and ENGL 1110G Composition I. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and English. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change. Students should meet with their advisor every semester.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester 1Credits
ENVS 1110G Environmental Science I (C or better) 4
ENGL 1110G Composition I (C or better) 1 4
Choose from one of the following: 2 3
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course (C or better) 2
 
Area V: Humanities Course (C or better) 2
 
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course (C or better) 2
 
Elective Course 3 3
Students who must be enrolled in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits 3  
 Credits14
Semester 2
Elective Course 3 3
BIOL 2610G Principles of Biology: Biodiversity, Ecology, and Evolution (Lab not required) 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Introduction to Communication (C or better)  
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agriculture (C or better)  
GEOL 1110G Physical Geology (C or better) 4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Area IV: Social Behavioral Course (C or better) 2
 
Area V: Humanities Course (C or better) 2
 
Area V: Creative and Fine Arts Course (C or better) 2
 
 Credits16
Second Year
Semester 1
MATH 1511G Calculus and Analytic Geometry I (C or better) 1 4
CHEM 1215G General Chemistry I Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (C or better) 4
BIOL 2110G Principles of Biology: Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lab not required (C or better)) 3
Choose from one of the following: 3
Professional & Technical Communication (C or better)  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication (C or better)  
Choose one from the following: 4
Water Measurement  
Aquatic Contaminants and Toxicology  
Aquatic Ecology  
Students who must be enrolled in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits 3  
 Credits18
Semester 2
MATH 1521G
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II (C or better in either) 1
or Applications of Calculus I
4
CHEM 1225G General Chemistry II Lecture and Laboratory for STEM Majors (C or better) 1 4
Choose from one of the following: 3
Area IV: Social and Behavioral Science Course 2
 
Area V: Humanities Course 2
 
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 2
 
Students who must be enrolled in 15 credits a semester for Financial Aid purposes will need to enroll in additional elective credits 3  
 Credits11
Third Year
Semester 1
A ST 311 Statistical Applications (C or better) 1 3
SOIL 2110
2110L
Introduction to Soil Science
and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory (C or better)
4
CHEM 2115 Survey of Organic Chemistry and Laboratory 4
GEOG 481 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Science (GIS) 4
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course (C or better) 4 3
 Credits18
Semester 2
ENVS 312 Emergency Response to Hazardous Material Incidents (Spring Only) (C or better) 2
ENVS 2111
2111L
Environmental Engineering and Science
and Environmental Science Laboratory (C or better)
4
ENVS 370 Environmental Soil Science (Spring Only) (C or better) 3
PHYS 1310G Calculus -Based Physics I (lab not required) 3
 Credits12
Fourth Year
Semester 1
ENVS 462 Sampling and Analysis of Environmental Contaminants (Fall Only) (C or better) 3
ENVS 452 Geohydrology (Fall Only) (C or better) 4
ENVS 460 Introduction to Air Pollution (Fall Only) (C or better) 3
ENVS 361 Basic Toxicology (Fall Only) (C or better) 3
ENVS 422 Environmental Chemistry (Fall Only) (C or better) 3
 Credits16
Semester 2
ENVS 470 Environmental Impacts of Land Use and Contaminant Remediation (Spring Only) (C or better) 3
ENVS 301 Principles of Ecology (C or better) 3
ENVS 391 Internship (C or better) 3
VWW: Viewing a Wider World Course (C or better) 4 3
BIOL 311 General Microbiology 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits120