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The Science Track (B.S.)

Students may earn a secondary B.S. in Environmental Science by following the subsequent plan of study:

Required Credit Hours: 36

Major Computing Requirement: The 400-level courses satisfy the Major Writing and Computer Proficiency Requirements by achieving a grade of at least C-.

Major Writing Requirement:  The 400-level courses satisfy the Major Writing and Computer Proficiency Requirements by achieving a grade of at least C-.

Core Requirements:

  1. Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
  2. At least five credits of ENSP 200-250, including one ENSP 200-249 course and at least one ENSP 250 seminar
  3. Four required courses in the Natural Sciences, at least one with lab: (at least 13 credits total). One from each category.
    1. Biology/Ecology: BIOL 220 Principles of Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution (4)
    2. Geology:
      • GEOL 110 Earth’s Environmental Systems: Physical Geography (3) (preferred)
      • or 101 The Dynamic Earth: Physical Geology (3)
    3. Natural science course with field laboratory component:
      • BIOL 416 Ornithology (4);
      • BIOL 417 Population and Community Ecology (4);
      • BIOL 426 Aquatic Ecology (4);
      • BIO 427 Wetland Ecosystems (4);
      • GEOL 314 Watershed Dynamics (4);
      • GEOL 315 Hydrology (3);
      • GEOL 316 Environmental Geochemistry (3);
      • GEOL 320 Surface Processes: Landscapes & Water (4);
      • or another approved course
    4. Chemistry:
        CHEM 206 Organic Chemistry I (3) or
      • CHEM 308 General Chemistry II (3) [CHEM 103 General Chemistry I and 151 General Chemistry I Lab are prerequisites for these courses]
  4. Three required courses in Social Sciences and Humanities (9 credits). One course from each category.
    1. Social Sciences:
      • ECON 322 Environmental and Natural Resources Economics (3) [ECON 101 is a prerequisite for this course];
      • SOCL 308: Environmental Sociology (3);
      • SOCL 427: Energy, Environment, and Development (3);
      • ANTH 338: Native Cultures of Latin America (3);
      • GOVT 322: Global Environmental Governance;
      • GOVT 491: International Organizations and Environmental Governance (4);
      • or other approved course
    2. Ethics:
      • ENSP 302 Philosophic History of American Environmentalism (3);
      • ENSP 303 Issues in Environmental Ethics (3);
      • KINE 393: Health Ethics (3);
      • RELG 321 Ecology and Ethics (3);
      • or other approved course
    3. Other Humanities:
      • ANTH 315 Environmental Archaeology (3);
      • HISP 360: Cultural Constructions of the Environment in Latin America (3);
      • HIST 226: American West Since 1890 (3);
      • HIST 490C: Native Americans and Nature (4);
      • ENGL 465: African American Nature Writing (3);
      • or other approved course
  5. Public Policy course:  GOVT350 (3)
  6. Capstone experience: 
    1. ENSP 440 Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy (1-4)
    2. ENSP 490 Independent Research (1-3)
    3. ENSP 495-496 Honors (3,3)
    4. ENSP 498-499 Internship (1-3)
    5. or other approved capstone experience with permission of the Director