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[College of Arts and Sciences]

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE PROGRAM (ES)

Professor David Shankman, Director
Office: 202 Farrah Hall

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary program leading to the bachelor of science degree. The objectives of the program are to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary science background focusing on physical geography, environmental geology, and ecology. The basic science requirements provide the necessary groundwork for advanced environmental studies and include all prerequisites for upper-division coursework. The variety of courses in both earth and biological sciences allows some choice of concentration within the program. Additional requirements include geographical techniques and statistics.

Admission requirements. A cumulative grade point average of 2.500 is required for acceptance as a major in environmental science.

Requirements for the major in environmental science. The environmental science major requires 56 hours as specified below. A minimum of 36 hours must be earned at the 300- or 400-level, including 12 hours in the major and 6 hours outside the major on this campus. No minor is required.

Basic Sciences (31 hours)
BSC 114 Principles of Biology I and lab 3/1
BSC 116 Principles of Biology II and lab 3/1
BSC 485 General Ecology 3
CH 101 General Chemistry I 4
CH 102 General Chemistry II 4
GEO 101 Introduction to Geology I 4
GEO 202 Environmental Geology 4
GY 101 Principles of Physical Geography I 4
 
Earth Science and Biological Science Courses
(16 hours with a minimum of 6 hours in biology and 3 hours in both geography and geology)
 
Geography
GY 383 Soil Science 4
GY 410 Water Resources 3
GY 467 Topics in Global Environmental Change 3
GY 483 Environmental Science Internship 3
GY 486 Drainage Basin Dynamics 3
 
Geology
GEO 363 Geomorphology 3
GEO 399 Undergraduate Research in Geology 3
GEO 406 Hydrogeology 3
GEO 460 Watershed Hydrology 3
GEO 470 General Geochemistry 3
 
Biology
BSC 360 Plant Biology 4
BSC 371 Biology of Lower Plants 4
BSC 373 Vertebrate Zoology 4
BSC 376 Invertebrate Zoology 4
BSC 408 Marine Vertebrate Zoology 4
BSC 412 Limnology 3
BSC 413 Limnology Lab 1
BSC 415 Ecology of Aquatic Plants and Wetland/Ecosystems 3
BSC 416 Aquatic Vascular Plants 4
BSC 428 Biology of Fishes 3
BSC 434 Plant Taxonomy 4
BSC 456 Microbial Ecology 3
BSC 472 Mycology 3
BSC 475 General Entomology 4
BSC 476 Aquatic Insects 4
BSC 482 Conservation Biology 3
BSC 484 Aquatic Biology Seminar 1
BSC 489 Forest Ecology (same as GY 489) 4
BSC 490 Stream Ecology 4
 
Environmental Management and Planning (3 hours)
GY 439 Natural Resource and Environmental Planning 3
GY 452 Environmental Decision Making 3
 
Geographical and Environmental Techniques (3 hours)
GY 330 Computer Mapping and Graphics 3
GY 420 Remote Sensing 4
GY 430 Geographic Information Systems 4
BSC 417 Environmental Modeling 3
 
Statistics (3 hours)
ST 260 Statistical Methods 3
PY 211 Elementary Statistical Methods 3

A Suggested Sequence of Courses for the
Environmental Science Major
 
FRESHMAN YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
GY 101 4 GEO 101 4
EN 101 3 EN 102 3
CH 101 4 CH 102 4
Humanities1 3 History1 3
___ Fine arts1 3
14 ___
17
 
SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
BSC 114 3 BSC 116 3
BSC 115 1 BSC 117 1
EN 225 3 EN 226 or EN 227 3
History or social and behavioral sciences1 3 Social and behavioral sciences1 3
MATH 125 4 MATH 126 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
___ ___
17 17
 
JUNIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
GEO 202 3 GY/GEO course 3-4
BSC 385 3 BSC course 3-4
GY Technique 3-4 CS 114 3
ST 260 or PY 211 3 CS 116 1
Social and behavioral sciences1 3 Electives 3-6
___ ___
15-16 15-18
 
SENIOR YEAR2
First Semester Second Semester
Course Hours Course Hours
GY/GEO course 3-4 GY/GEO course 3-4
CS 124 3 BSC course 3-4
CS 125 1 CS 226 3
300-level elective 3 GY/GEO course or elective 3-4
Electives 6 Elective 3
___ ___
16-17 15-18
 
Total: At least 120


1A maximum of 6 hours in any one department may be applied to the humanities, literature, and fine arts (HU, L, FA) and history and social and behavioral sciences (HI, SB) requirements.
2Six hours of writing courses designated W must be included in the junior or senior year. A minimum of 36 hours in 300- and 400-level courses, including at least 12 hours in the major and 6 hours outside the major, must be completed on this campus.

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