Environmental Science, B.S. Interdisciplinary Program

The Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Science, B.S. is a 46-credit major.

The core of the interdisciplinary undergraduate program in Environmental Science is a sequence of basic and advanced science courses from four participating science departments. Students select a specialization area in Ecology, Urban Environmental Management, Environmental Geology, or Environmental Analysis.

The Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental Science offers courses to prepare students (1) for environmental science careers, and to become active proponents for their communities in the scientific and policy processes surrounding environmental issues, (2) to meet the environmental science employment demands of local, state, and federal governmental agencies, private consulting, and industry, and (3) to pursue advanced degrees in environmental/physical sciences.

CURRICULUM

Required courses (15-16 credits)

Students are required to take the following courses:

Credits
ENV 210Introduction to Environmental Science

3

ENV 211Introduction to Environmental Science Laboratory

1

GEH 245Introduction to Quantitative Methods of Geography

3

Or

MAT 132Introduction to Statistics

4

Or

BIO 240Biostatistics.

3

PHY 151Energy and the Environment

3

ENV 330Environmental Impact Assessment

3

ENV 420Natural Resource Management: Senior Seminar

2

MAT 132: This course requires the completion of the College’s requirement in mathematics.

BIO 240 or equivalent: This course has prerequisites that are not a part of the major.

ENV 330, ENV 420: These courses have prerequisites that are a part of the major.

Required courses (15-17 credits)

Students are required to choose one course from each of the following four areas in consultation with a Departmental advisor:

Biological Sciences

Credits
BIO 166Principles of Biology: Cells and Genes

4

BIO 167Principles of Biology: Organisms

4

GEOSciences

Credits
GEO 101Dynamic Earth

3

GEO 102Dynamic Earth Laboratory

1

GEP 228Weather and Climate

3

GEP 229Weather and Climate Laboratory

1

ENV 270Environmental Pollution

4

GEOSpatial Analysis

Credits
GEP 205Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 321Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

Chemistry

Credits
CHE 136Elements of Chemistry

4

CHE 166General Chemistry I

4

CHE 167General Chemistry Laboratory I

1.5

CHE 166, CHE 167:These courses require the completion of the College’s requirement in mathematics.

Elective courses (12-15 credits)

Students choose 12-15 credits in electives to meet the 46 credit requirement in consultation with a departmental advisor. It is recommended that students choose courses that are grouped in one of the following specialization areas:

Ecology

Credits
BIO 167Principles of Biology: Organisms

4

BIO 184Plants and People

4

BIO 242Flowering Plants

4

BIO 302Biogeography

4

BIO 330Plant Physiology

4

BIO 336Marine Biology Lectures

3

BIO 339Ecology

4

ENV 235Conservation of the Environment

3

ENV 255Regional Topics and Field Methods in Environmental Sciences

1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits)

CHE 168General Chemistry II

4

CHE 169General Chemistry Laboratory II

1.5

CHE 244Introduction to Biochemistry

3

BIO 302, BIO 330, BIO 336, BIO 339, CHE 244: These courses have prerequisites that are not a part of the major.

CHE 168, CHE 169: These courses have prerequisites that are a part of the major.

Urban Environmental Management

Credits
GEP 205Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 230Urban Environmental Management

3

GEP 310Geography of Urban Health

3

GEP 350Special Projects in Geographic Information Systems

4

GEP 360Geovisualization and Analytic Cartography

4

GEP 375Data Acquistion Gis

3

GEH 240Urban Geography

3

ENV 235Conservation of the Environment

3

ENV 255Regional Topics and Field Methods in Environmental Sciences

1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits)

ENV 270Environmental Pollution

4

ENV 326Environmental Policy

3

HEA 301Environmental Health

3

GEP 350, HEA 301: These courses have prerequisites that are a part of the major.

Environmental Geology

Credits
GEO 101Dynamic Earth

3

GEO 102Dynamic Earth Laboratory

1

GEO 236Environmental Geology

4

GEO 245Earth Materials

4

GEO 340Natural Hazards and Disasters: A Multidisciplinary Approach

3

GEO 341Natural Hazards and Disasters Laboratory

1

GEO 345Environmental Hydrology

4

GEO 350Topics in regional geology and mapping techniques

4

GEO 375Field Problems in Geology

3

GEO 410Environmental Biogeochemistry

4

GEP 228Weather and Climate

3

GEP 229Weather and Climate Laboratory

1

GEP 321Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

ENV 255Regional Topics and Field Methods in Environmental Sciences

1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits)

GEO 236, GEO 245, GEO 375, GEO 410: These courses have prerequisites that are a part of the major.

Environmental Analysis

Credits
GEP 205Principles of Geographic Information Science

3

GEP 228Weather and Climate

3

GEP 229Weather and Climate Laboratory

1

GEP 302Biogeography

4

GEP 310Geography of Urban Health

3

GEP 321Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

GEO 340Natural Hazards and Disasters: A Multidisciplinary Approach

3

GEO 341Natural Hazards and Disasters Laboratory

1

GEP 350Special Projects in Geographic Information Systems

4

GEP 360Geovisualization and Analytic Cartography

4

GEP 375Data Acquistion Gis

3

ENV 235Conservation of the Environment

3

ENV 255Regional Topics and Field Methods in Environmental Sciences

1, 2, 3, or 4 credits (may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits)

ENV 270Environmental Pollution

4

CHE 168General Chemistry II

4

CHE 169General Chemistry Laboratory II

1.5

CHE 232Organic Chemistry Lecture I

3

CHE 233Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

2

CHE 249Quantitative Analysis

5

GEP 302, GEP 350, GEP 360, CHE 168, CHE 169, CHE 232, CHE 233, CHE 249: These courses have prerequisites that are a part of the major.

CHE 168, CHE 169, CHE 249: These courses require the completion of the College’s requirement in mathematics.

Other elective courses

Credits
GEP 204Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis

3

GEP 470Seminar and Internship Program in Geography

4 (may be repeated for a total of 8 credits.)

 

PHY 166General Physics I

5

Or

PHY 168Physics I for Scientists and Engineers

5

 

PHY 167General Physics II

5

Or

PHY 169Physics II for Scientists and Engineers

5

PHY 166, PHY 168, PHY 167, PHY 169: These courses require the completion of the College's requirement in mathematics.