Programmatic Requirements: Environmental Science (B.S.)

General and University Requirements:

ENGL 110 Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE) 0-4
Breadth Requirements 12
Discovery Learning Experience(DLE) 3
Multi-cultural Courses 3
Second Writing Course (ENSC450 fulfills this requirement) 3

A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are designated on the registrar's course search page.

Foreign Language (with a minimum grade of D-) 0-12

Completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 112 or 214) in an ancient or modern language. The number of credits needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination through the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.


Program Breadth Requirements

These program breadth courses, when combined with University breadth courses must represent at least two departments or appropriate instructional units in each category.

If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

Group A Creative Arts and Humanities. 3
Group B History and Cultural Change 3
Group C Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Program Core Requirements:

ENSC 101 Introduction to the Environment 3
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
ENWC 201 Wildlife Conservation and Ecology 3
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
GEOL 107 General Geology 4
GEOG 220 Meteorology 3
GEOG 412 Physical Climatology 4
MAST 482 Introduction to Ocean Science 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
FREC 100 Sustainable Development 3
MATH 241 Analytical Geometry and Calculus A 3
MATH 242 Analytical Geometry and Calculus B 3
GEOG 271 Introduction to Geographic Data Analysis 4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics   


PHYS 207 Fundamentals of Physics* 4

*Dependent on concentration, see concentration details for specifics

Field Experience: An approved 3-6 credit science field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets and weekly reports/field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met.

Science Concentrations: 5-6 courses clustered in concentrations that are distributed throughout the colleges and across disciplines (see listings below)

Capstone Course:ENSC 450: Proseminar: The Environment
This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.


After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree.

Total Credits for Degree: 124

Atmospheric Science Concentration

Ecology and Organismal Biology Concentration

Environmental Chemistry Concentration

Environmental Soil Science Concentration

GeoScience Concentration

Hydrology Concentration

Marine Science Concentration

Pollution Control Concentration

Sustainable Energy Technology Concentration

Water Quality and Resources Concentration

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