BS in Environmental Sciences

 The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences requires a minimum of 120 hours including a minor. Students in this degree program take a broad, interdisciplinary approach that combines science with social science and humanities courses. Students are required to minor in a science to develop a deeper understanding of a specialized scientific field. Students with this degree are prepared for graduate school and career opportunities federal and state regulatory agencies; wildlife ranges and zoological parks; environmental consulting firms; state, county and city parks; state natural resource agencies; university and secondary schools; and nonprofit and non-government organizations (NGOs)

NOTE: Students pursuing a BS in Environmental Sciences cannot double major in a BS in Biology with a Concentration in Ecology and Organismal Biology nor BS in Environmental Geology.

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences (ENSC)  The following courses must be included:

EEES 1020    Introductory Geology Laboratory    
EEES 2020    Introduction to the Environment: Energy and Climate
EEES 2030   Introduction to the Environment: Land-use and Water 
EEES 2100    Fundamentals Of Geology    
EEES 2150    Biodiversity    
EEES 2160    Biodiversity Laboratory    
EEES 2500    Computer Applications In Environmental Sciences    
EEES 2510    Advanced Computer Applications
One of the following:
    EEES 2760  Field Methods or     EEES 2600  Analytical Methods

EEES 3050    General Ecology    
EEES 3060    General Ecology Lab

One of the following:    
EEES 2400 Oceanography and Water Resources or   EEES 3100  Surficial Processes or EEES 4240    Soil Science  

EEES 3900    Literature And Communications In The Environmental Sciences    
EEES 4940    Internship
EEES 4970    Environmental Capstone
EEES 4960    Senior Seminar

One advanced EEES laboratory course

The following RELATED courses are also required:

MATH 2640    Statistics for Applied Science
Calculus I and II: (MATH 1750 and MATH 1760, or MATH 1850 and MATH 1860)
CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I    
CHEM 1280 General Chemistry Lab I   
CHEM 1240 General Chemistry II    
CHEM 1290 General Chemistry Lab II

Four of following RELATED  courses, including at least 1 in each of the social sciences and humanities groups:
    Social Science group:
GEPL 3900    Environmental Planning
PSC 4340    Environmental Policy
ECON 3240    Environmental Economics
ECON 3270    Natural Resource Economics
    Humanities group
REL 2980   Religion and Environment
PHIL 3180    Environmental Ethics
PJS 2500   Peace Education

The completion of the Environmental Sciences Major requires a minor approved by your advisor. Common minors include Environmental Biology, and Geology. Other possible minors include the Minor in Renewable Energy or Minor Green Chemistry and Engineering.

Students also are required to complete a 100-hr environment-related internship (EEES 4940 for 1credit hour) in an agency, corporation, university laboratory or other approved location.
With the exception of EEES 4940, students may not take any courses required in the major as P/NC.

Below is a sample plan of study (for the Environmental Biology Minor1). Consult your advisor and the degree audit for your program requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermHours
NSM 1000 Natural Sciences & Mathematics 2
EEES 2020 Introduction to the Environment: Energy and Climate 3
CHEM 1230 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 1280 General Chemistry Lab I 1
ENGL 1110 College Composition I (Arts/Humanities Core) 3
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Second Term
EEES 2030 Introduction to the Environment Land-Use and Water 3
EEES 2100 Fundamentals Of Geology 4
EEES 1020 Introductory Geology Laboratory 1
CHEM 1240 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 1290 General Chemistry Lab II 1
Social Science Core 3
Second Year
Third Term
EEES 2150 Biodiversity 4
EEES 2160 Biodiversity Laboratory 1
ENGL 1130 College Composition II: Academic Disciplines And Discourse 3
MATH 1750
Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications I
or Single Variable Calculus I
EEES 2500 Computer Applications In Environmental Sciences 1
EEES 2760
Methods for Environmental Sciences
or Surficial Processes
Fourth Term
EEES 2600
Techniques for Environmental Sciences
or Oceanography And Water Resources
EEES 2510 Advanced Computer Applications 2
US Diversity Core 3
MATH 1760
Calculus For The Life Sciences With Applications II
or Single Variable Calculus II
Elective 3
Third Year
Fifth Term
EEES 3050 General Ecology 3
EEES 3060 General Ecology Laboratory 1
MATH 2640 Statistics for Applied Science 3
Social Science Core 3
PHIL 3180 Environmental Ethics 3
Non-US Diversity 3
Sixth Term
EEES 3900 Literature And Communications In The Environmental Sciences 3
GEPL 3900 Environmental Planning 3
Environmental Biology Minor 4
Elective 5
Fourth Year
Seventh Term
EEES 4940 Internship 1
EEES 4970 Senior Environmental Capstone 3
PSC 4340 Environmental Policy 3
Environmental Biology Minor 3
Advanced Lab 1
Arts/Humanities Core 3
Eighth Term
ECON 3240 Environmental Economics 3
EEES 4960 Senior Seminar 1
Environmental Biology Minor 6
Elective 3
 Total Hours120
  • PLO A1. Environmental Science requires a basic understanding of geology, including an understanding of earth materials and landforms. A1. Students will be able to identify and classify minerals, rocks (igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic), and common fossils.
  • PLO A2. Environmental Science requires a basic understanding of geology, including an understanding of earth materials and landforms. A2. Students will be able to identify landforms and interpret formative processes of landforms from maps and digital elevation models.
  • PLO B. Environmental Science uses the principles of biology to understand how organisms are affected by the environment. B1. Students will be able to explain how both abiotic factors, such as climate and pollution, and biotic factors, such as competition and disease, affect organisms, communities, and ecosystems.
  • PLO C. Environmental Scientists interact with Social Scientists to understand the human context in which environmental problems exist. C1. Students will be able to propose and discuss public policy and planning options for improving or managing factors that impact the environment.
  • PLO D. Environmental Scientists provide the science to address the impacts and solutions of environmental problems. D1. Students will be able to analyze the major environmental problems that are affecting our earth and well-being, including climate change, pollution, and resource management.
  • PLO E. Environmental Science is a field-oriented science conducted, in part, through field investigations, which requires expertise in collecting field-based data. 1. Students will be able to organize and conduct data collection for a field-based investigation.
  • PLO F1. Environmental Scientists require technical skills, including computing, statistics, and communication. 1. Students will be able to analyze data both graphically and statistically.
  • PLO F2. Environmental Scientists require technical skills, including computing, statistics, and communication. 2. Students will be able to interpret and report results of a research project, in both audio-visual and written forms, using appropriate technology.
  • PLO G1. Environmental Science is multi-disciplinary, but our students must have an area of concentration, such as Biology, Geology, or Chemistry (within Environmental Science). Students should be able to describe and explain examples of the linkages among their area of concentration and the other areas of Environmental Science.