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Environmental Science

How do you save the world? This isn't a rhetorical question. It's being asked with increasing urgency by scientists, governments, businesses, and concerned individuals. When they need an informed perspective on how to work towards its answer, they listen to environmental scientists. If you feel driven to help the earth, you can do so full-time with a career in environmental science.

Key Personality Traits of Environmental Scientists:

Courses of study

Major in environmental science: 49 credit hours

Common environmental core:

ENVS 100 The Biological Environment
ENVS 101 The Physical Environment
ENVS 102 Environmental Science Laboratory
ENVS 201 Conservation Ecology
ENVS 301 Human Ecology
ENVS 310 Topics in Environmental Science
ENVS 400 Supervised Project or ENVS 495 Internship
ENVS 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
PHIL/RELI 340 Environmental Ethics

Choose 1 track from below:

Science track:

BIOL 163/164 Principles of Biology I and II
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I

Social science track:

ECON 205 Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 200 World Regional Geography of the Developed World
or GEOG 201 World Regional Geography of the Developing World
HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
or HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
PSPA 360 Introduction to Public Affairs or PSPA 380 Administrative Agencies

Conservation education track:

COMM 100 Fundamentals of Communication or ENGL 300 Advanced Composition
ART 201 Art Foundations I or ART 202 Art Foundations II
or DIGI 101 Media Studio: Photo or DIGI 104 Media Studio: Web
or GDES 223 Graphic Design Foundations
EDCO 240 Development of School-Age Child
EDCO 245 Learning and Motivation
HIST 101 History of the United States to 1877
or HIST 102 History of the United States After 1877
Students will select courses from the following list to complete the remaining credit hours needed to reach 49 credit hours. Some of these courses are specifically oriented to environmental science and thus bear that designation (ENVS). Other courses have been selected from existing programs. Many of the courses are science oriented because many environmental professions require fundamental knowledge of ecosystem function.

Electives:

BIOL 163 Principles of Biology I (non-science tracks only)
BIOL 164 Principles of Biology II (non-science tracks only)
BIOL 210 Zoology
BIOL 240 Microbiology
BIOL 260 Genetics
BIOL 270 Evolution
BIOL 360 Ecology
BIOL 365 Freshwater Biology
BIOL 366 Mammalogy
BIOL 370 Animal Behavior
CHEM 151 General Chemistry I (non-science tracks only)
CHEM 152 General Chemistry II
CHEM 261 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 262 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 311 Analytical Chemistry
ECON 206 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 485 Topics in Economics
ENVS 105 Stream Conservation/Fly Fishing
ENVS 302 Historical Geology
ENVS 310 Topics in ENVS: (repeatable)
Global Climate Change
Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems Water Quality Analysis
Environmental Political Theory
Environmental Policy and Regulation
Saving Wild Places
Environmental Literature
Agriculture and the Environment
Environmental Chemistry
GENS 115 Atmosphere, Weather and Climate
GENS 125 Oceanography
PHYS 101 Everyday Physics
PHYS 201 General Physics I: Trigonometry-Based
PHYS 202 General Physics II: Trigonometry-Based
PHYS 211 General Physics I: Calculus-Based
PHYS 212 General Physics II: Calculus-Based

Minor in Environmental Science: 25 credit hours

ENVS 100 The Biological Environment
ENVS 101 The Physical Environment
ENVS 201 Conservation Ecology
ENVS 301 Human Ecology
ENVS 310 Topics in Environmental Science
ENVS 400 Supervised Project or ENVS 495 Internship
ENVS 498 Senior Capstone Seminar
MATH 140 Elementary Applied Statistics
PHIL/RELI 340 Environmental Ethics

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