Environmental Science / Bachelor of Science

Total Credit Hours: 128

Ecology Concentration Major Credit Hours: 68

Sustainability Concentration Major Credit Hours: 66

A grade of “C-” or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Environmental Science majors may take a Biology class only two times. If a student has not achieved a minimum of “C-” after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

It is the policy of the Environmental Science program to support with letters of recommendation for graduate schools only those students who have achieved a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 by the time they complete the first semester of their junior year. If there is a required exam for the program to which the student is applying, the student must supply an official copy of the scores to the faculty before the letters can be written. In the event that a student has his/her request for letters of recommendation denied, he/she has the right to petition for reconsideration with the understanding that there is no guarantee that the petition will be successful. Acceptance into any graduate school is solely determined by the admission committee of that school. All faculty members have the right to decline a request to write a letter of recommendation for any student.

All Environmental Science majors must take the program’s core courses (48 credit hours). Environmental Science majors enrolled in the Ecology Concentration must complete an additional 20 credit hours for a total of 68 credit hours as specified below. Environmental Science majors enrolled in the Sustainability Concentration must complete an additional 18 credit hours for a total of 66 credit hours as specified below.

Degree Requirements

Program: BS-ENVS-1

I. Core Courses (47)

BIOL-11000General Biology 1

4

BIOL-11100General Biology 1 Lab

1

BIOL-11500General Biology 2

4

BIOL-11600General Biology 2 Lab

1

BIOL-22200Earth Science

4

BIOL-23300Principles of Environmental Science

4

BIOL-31500General Ecology and Evolution

3

BIOL-31600General Ecology Lab

1

BIOL-32000Biostatistics

3

BIOL-37500Issues in Environmental Science

3

BIOL-49600Biology Senior Thesis

2

CHEM-11000General Chemistry 1

4

CHEM-11100General Chemistry 1 Lab

1

CHEM-11500General Chemistry 2

4

CHEM-11600General Chemistry 2 Lab

1

CHEM-12000Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry

3

MATH-20000Calculus 1

4

-OR

MATH-21100Calculus for the Life Sciences

4

II. Journal Club (1)

Select one of the following options:
BIOL-38000Biochemistry Journal Club

1

BIOL-38100Physiology Journal Club

1

BIOL-38200Microbiology Journal Club

1

BIOL-38300Ecology Journal Club

1

BIOL-38400Genetics Journal Club

1

BIOL-38500Biology Journal Club

1

III. Ecology Concentration (20)

Concentration: ECOL

A. Required Courses

BIOL-22000Genetics

4

BIOL-22100Genetics Lab

1

BIOL-22400General Microbiology

4

BIOL-22600General Microbiology Lab

1

BIOL-29800Field Biology

2

B. Majors taking the Ecology Concentration choose 8 credit hours from the following:

BIOL-31200Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

3

BIOL-32200Environmental Microbiology

2

BIOL-32300Environmental Microbiology Lab

1

BIOL-40500Invertebrate Zoology

4

BIOL-41600Conservation Biology

3

BIOL-41700Conservation Biology Lab

1

BIOL-41800Limnology

3

BIOL-41900Limnology Lab

1

BIOL-42000Botany

3

BIOL-42100Botany Lab

1

IV. Sustainability Concentration (18)

Concentration: SSTN
BIOL-24300Principles of Sustainability

4

BIOL-37300Renewable Energy Technologies

4

BIOL-36300Biomimicry and Whole Systems Thinking

3

BIOL-39300Green Building & LEED Rating Systems

3

BIOL-41600Conservation Biology

3

BIOL-41700Conservation Biology Lab

1

V. Advanced Writing Requirement

The advanced writing requirement of the General Education curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of:
BIOL-38500Biology Journal Club

1

BIOL-49600Biology Senior Thesis

2