Environmental Science

Program Goals

The B.S. degree in Environmental Science is designed to prepare students for graduate study and/or employment in the Environmental Science field. The courses that comprise the major will expose the student to all the major sub-disciplines in Biology and their application in the field of Environmental Science. In addition, the student can choose electives based on his or her particular interests. There are two tracks in this degree program, one in Biology and one in Chemistry.

The requirements for the Biology track are described below.

Program Goals

  1. To prepare students to conduct and communicate original scientific investigations.
  2. To graduate students who (a) have a solid grounding in environmental science and biology with significant exposure to chemistry, physics, mathematics and statistics, and (b) and can make the connections with the social sciences that are critical in understanding and resolving environmental issues.
  3. To prepare and graduate students who enter graduate school or who obtain employment in the environmental field.



Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

  • Students are able to apply the scientific method and complete an independent research project.
  • Students are able to effectively communicate scientific concepts through written, spoken and visual means.
  • Students are able to synthesize information and apply their knowledge to develop solutions for environmental problems.
  • Students are able to make connections between organism needs and environmental resources.
  • Students are able to explain global physical processes and how these processes lead to changes that cause evolutionary adaptation in populations.
  • Students are able to connect nutrient cycling and energy flow from the individual organism level to the ecosystem level.
  • Students are able to describe ecosystem structure and correlate structure with function for all levels of the ecosystem.


University Core Specific Requirement Credits
Natural Science: Select one group (1):
PHY 103 - Intro to Physics I
PHY 104 - Intro to Physics II
PHY 105 - General Physics I
PHY 106 - General Physics II
Total University Core Specific Requirement 8 credits
Courses Credits
Major Courses  
BIO 103 - General Biology I for Biology Majors 4
BIO 104 - General Biology II for Biology Majors 4
GSC 111 - Environmental Science 4
BIO 305 - Biological Techniques 4
BIO 309 - Botany 4
BIO 310 - Invertebrate Zoology 4
BIO 312 - General Ecology 4
BIO 316 - Microbial Ecology 4
BIO 401 - General Microbiology 4
Two electives chosen from:
Electives chosen from: Endocrinology, Conservation Biology, Quantitative Analysis or Environmental Ethics
Total Major 42-44 credits
Chemistry Courses  
CHE 103 - General Chemistry I 4
CHE 104 - General Chemistry II 4
Total Chemistry 8 credits
Math Courses  
MAT 121 - Calculus OR
MAT 120 - Calculus for Social Science Majors
MAT 114 Statistics
(or a comparable statistics class approved by the department)
Total Math 7 credits
Total Requirements 57-59 credits

Environmental Issues Minor

The following courses are required for the Minor in Environmental Issues:

Minor Requirements Credits
GSC 111 - Environmental Science 4
BIO 312 - General Ecology 4
SOC 201 - General Anthropology 3
PHL 304 - Environmental Philosophy 3
BIO 318 - Environmental Policy 3
Select one(1):
SOC 303 - Cultural Anthropology
PSY 320 - Race, Ethnicity and Health
Total Minor 20 credits