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The Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop an understanding of environmental processes and issues, and an awareness of our role as humans within the environment. The Environmental Science major encompasses several interrelated fields, including biology, ecology, chemistry, resource management, policy making, and natural science. Students graduating with this degree can expect to either proceed to graduate level study or enter the environmental workplace. A degree in environmental science presents numerous opportunities in the fields of resource management, ecological risk assessment, conservation biology and environmental education.
Students who declare Environmental Science majors must complete NATSC 103 and BIO 104 with an average grade of C or higher in order to continue in the program.
Environmental Science majors pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree must complete two semesters of calculus and one semester of Biostatistics. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires MATH 250 and MATH 136 or above. A paper or other evidence of the student’s ability to conduct investigations, use library resources, and write a report following a standard format is required in each advancedlevel course. A 200- level or higher Critical Writing course is prerequisite to advanced courses and should be completed prior to the junior year.
Environmental Science majors must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, environmental science majors must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Requirements:

NATSC 103 Earth Systems Science and Lab  
NATSC 203 Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability  
NATSC 204 Principles of Oceanography  
BIO 104 Biology II and Lab  
CHEM 191, 192 Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs  
MATH 250 Introduction to Biostatistics  
MATH 213 Calculus I and Labs (B.S. degree)  
MATH 214 Calculus II and Labs (B.S. degree)  
MATH 136 Precalculus or above (B.A. degree)  

Intermediate Level Requirements:

*BIO 240 Concepts of Ecology  
*BIO 360 Limnology and Lab  
CHEM 201, 202 Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs  
PHYS 201, 202 Principles of Physics I and II and Labs (B.S. degree)  
PHYS 109, 110 Physics I and II and Labs (B.A. degree)  

Environmental Science Upper Level Electives: Select five (5) courses chosen from

ANTH 222 Environmental Anthropology  
BIO 230 Microbiology and Lab  
BIO 312 Conservation Biology  
CHEM 312 Instrumental Methods of Analysis  
CHEM 434 Advanced Environmental Chemistry  
ENGR 320 Environmental Engineering  
ENGR 405 Air Pollution and Control  
ENGR 407 Solid and Hazardous Waste Management  
LS 200 Environmental Law  
NATSC 301 Marine Resource Management  
NATSC 305 Marine Geology  
NATSC 310 Biogeochemical Cycling  
NATSC 315 Meteorology and Climatology  
NATSC 333 Environmental Monitoring and Lab  
NATSC/BIO 375 Soil Ecology and Lab  
NATSC 401 Environmental Toxicology and Lab  
NATSC 469 Environmental Science Internship  
Three (3) Free Electives for B.S.
*Note: Environmental Science majors may apply a maximum of two (2) courses from the major requirements towards minors in Biology or Marine Biology. Environmental Science majors may use a maximum of two (2) upper-level electives towards the elective requirements for majors in Biology or Marine Biology.