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 a statistics class (MATH 124 or 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 advanced-level 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.