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2011-2012 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science – Major


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Environmental science is an exciting field that combines the natural sciences of biology, chemistry, geology, and mathematics with the social science fields of economics, sociology, and law. This broad major involves the study of the effects of industrialization and other man-made disturbances, both past and present. There continues to be a need for individuals who want to attain and maintain a clean and healthy environment through the 21st century. Environmental scientists work in a field that is becoming increasingly technical and requires that students understand the application of scientific and social principles to environmental issues.

The degree in environmental science will prepare students, through an interdisciplinary approach, for entry-level positions in private industry and in governmental agencies where problems dealing with environmental issues are addressed. Graduates of the program will also be well prepared to pursue further academic training in environmental planning, environmental law, environmental management, and ecological and environmental sciences.

The environmental science curriculum is designed to give students a strong scientific background with a foundation in humanities and social sciences. Students are encouraged to participate in independent study and/or directed research. In addition, all students are expected to have an environment-related summer internship or job before their fourth year in the program.

Environmental Science Degree Requirements


To qualify for the degree of bachelor of science in environmental science, a minimum of 130 credit hours of approved courses is required, of which at least 49 credit hours must represent courses in the biological sciences. At the 200 level and above, only those credits for which a student has earned a grade of “C-” or better will count toward the minimum biology credits required for graduation.

Credit hours earned in a course of a biological nature given by a department other than the Department of Biological Sciences may only be used to meet the minimum credits required to qualify for a bachelor of science in environmental science with the written approval of the chair of the Department of Biological Sciences.

In order to earn a degree from the Misher College of Arts and Sciences, a student must complete thirty (30) in-residence credits at a University campus. Fifteen (15) of the thirty in-residence credits must be at the 300 level or higher. In-residence credits are defined as credits for courses offered by the University for which a student receives credit and a grade that can contribute to the student’s calculated grade point average.

Passing the writing proficiency examination is a graduation requirement for students who entered in Catalog Year 2008 or earlier (see Catalog Year for Degree Requirements). Students who have failed the examination are urged to seek assistance from the Writing Center.

Environmental Science Program Electives (minimum of 3 credits required)


Choose from any additional courses offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Additional Curricular Requirements


  • MA 101/102 - Mathematical Analysis I and II Credits: 6 total
  • CH 101–104 - General Chemistry Lecture and Laboratory Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 1 Below)
  • CH 201–204 - Organic Chemistry Lecture and Lab Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 2 Below)
  • PY 201/202 - Introductory Physics Credits: 8 total
    (See Footnote 3 Below)
  • ST 310 - Introduction to Biostatistics Credits: Credits: 3
  • CH 340 - Survey of Biochemistry or CH 341 - Molecular Structure in Biochemistry or CH 346 - Biochemistry Credits: 3–4
  • Natural Science Elective - Students must pass 300-level or higher natural science course (designated BS, CH, PY, BI, or GL). Courses considered to be Seminar, Independent Study, or Directed Research cannot be used for this elective.
  • Analytical Chemistry:
    CH 361 - Analytical Chemistry and
    CH 363 - Analytical Chemistry Laboratory Credits: 4 total

Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111–114.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211–214.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211/212

Sample Environmental Science Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Year 2008 (graduating class 2012)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Spring Semester


  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 19


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Environmental Science Elective Credit: 3–4
  • General Education Requirements or Environmental Science Electives Credits: 6
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18–20


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biology Electives Credits: 1–3
  • General Education Requirement or Environmental Science Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15–17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement or Environmental Science Electives Credits: 3–4

Credits/Semester: 14–15


Total Credits: 131–136


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114 for CH 101/103 and CH 102/104.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214 for CH 201/203 and CH 202/204.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212 for PY 201 and PY 202.

Sample Environmental Science Curriculum Plan


Students entering in Catalog Years 2009 and beyond (graduating classes of 2013 and beyond)—with general education.

First Year


Credits/Semester: 15


Credits/Semester: 15


Second Year


Fall Semester


  •  General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage I Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 18


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Intellectual Heritage II Credits: 3


(Choose one)

Credits/Semester: 19


Third Year


Fall Semester


  • Environmental Science Elective Credit: 3–4
  • General Education Requirements or Environmental Science Electives Credits: 6
  • General Education Communication Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 18-20


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 17


Fourth Year


Fall Semester


  • Biology Electives Credits: 1–3
  • General Education Requirement or Environmental Science Elective Credits: 3

Credits/Semester: 15–17


Spring Semester


  • General Education Requirement or Environmental Science Electives Credits: 3–4

Credits/Semester: 14–15


Total Credits: 131–136


Footnotes:


  1. Qualified students may substitute CH 111/113 and CH 112/114.
  2. Qualified students may substitute CH 211/213 and CH 212/214.
  3. Qualified students may substitute PY 211 and PY 212.

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