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Environmental Science Major and Minor

The environmental science major reflects the interdisciplinary nature of the field of environmental science. Solutions to the environmental issues facing our society must be scientifically sound, yet they must also be socially, economically and politically informed to be successful in promoting effective and lasting change. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in the natural sciences, with courses in biology, chemistry, and applied environmental science. Students also take environmentally focused courses in the humanities and social sciences.

Students gain hands-on experience in the field of environmental science through a required experiential component, which may be completed through an internship, research project or independent study. Environmental science majors are well prepared to pursue an environmental career or graduate education in the field.

Environmental Science Major

Environmental science majors are required to complete a minimum of 43 credit hours of coursework in biology and chemistry. Students must complete:

  • BIOL 110, 111 Introduction to Biology I & II

  • BIOL 221 Genetics

  • BIOL 225 Environmental Science

  • BIOL 325 Ecology

  • BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

  • CHEM 101, 102 General Chemistry I & II

  • CHEM 201, 202 Organic Chemistry I & II

  • CHEM 210 Analytical Chemistry

Environmental science majors must also complete one of the following natural science courses:

  • BIOL 200 Invertebrate Zoology

  • BIOL 205 Biostatistics

  • BIOL 250 Animal Behavior

  • BIOL 400 Toxicology

  • BIOL 406 Evolution

  • BIOL 415 Watershed Ecology

  • CHEM 404 Instrumental Analysis

Students must select two of the following interdisciplinary electives: CJUST 320, ECON 312, ENG 388, PHIL 333, PSCI 337, PSCI 348, PSYCH 360, THEOL 341. Alternate environmental-related humanities or social science courses may fulfill this requirement upon approval by the department chair.

Students must complete an experiential component consisting of 1-3 credits of an internship (BIOL 480), independent study (BIOL 398) or research project (BIOL 450).

MATH 247 Calculus I is strongly recommended for students planning to apply for graduate school.

Environmental Studies - Interdisciplinary Minor

The interdisciplinary minor in environmental studies offers students the opportunity to explore the role and responsibilities of the individual and society in causing and addressing environmental problems. To learn more about the Environmental Studies minor, please visit the Interdisciplinary Majors and Minors page.

Declaration of Major and Declaration of Minor forms are available through the registrar's office.

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