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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science emphasizes a broad scientific understanding of the character, function, and analysis of environmental systems. Environmental Science BS students will be able to contribute to society’s understanding of and solutions to problems that arise from human occupancy and use of the planet and environment.

The goal is to give students in the program a broad-based, interdisciplinary introduction to the scientific concepts, policies, and issues; the common analytical tools needed to explore environmental issues in depth through their specific concentration areas; and the ability to integrate and synthesize information from a multidisciplinary perspective in oral and written format through the capstone course.

The BS in Environmental Science program is rigorous in both math and science and includes courses in social science and policy that will help the environmental science major understand the societal context of his/her work. This foundation along with their specific concentration area helps students appreciate the interconnectedness between understanding natural science processes and their applications and the social, political, and institutional frameworks in which environmental issues are considered.

There are 6 thematic concentrations in Environmental Science: Atmospheric Science; Ecoscience; Water Science; Marine Science; The Critical Zone; and Energy and Environment.

General and University Requirements:
ENGL 110   Critical Reading and Writing (minimum grade C-) 3
First Year Experience (FYE)     (ENSC101 fulfills this requirement) 3
University Breadth Requirements *can be fulfilled by program breadth requirements below 12
Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) 3
Multi-cultural Course  3
Second Writing Course  (ENSC450 fulfills this requirement) 3           
A second writing course involving significant writing experience including two papers with a combined minimum of 3,000 words to be submitted for extended faculty critique of both composition and content. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours. Appropriate writing courses are designated on the registrar's course search page.
Foreign Language                               0-12      
Successful completion of the intermediate-level course (107 or 112 or 214) in an ancient or modern language. The number of credits needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language. Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination through the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

College Breadth Requirements
These requirements apply to the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree (all concentrations). If the grade earned is sufficient, a course may be applied toward more than one requirement (e.g., breadth and major requirements), but the credits are counted only once toward the total credits for graduation. Coursework in each category must represent 2 different disciplines. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.

*note: 3 credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement
Creative Arts and Humanities 6
Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
History and Cultural Change 6
Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
Social and Behavioral Sciences 6
Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.

Program Core Requirements:
ENSC 101 Introduction to the Environment 3
ENWC 201 Wildlife Conservation and Ecology 3
GEOL 107 General Geology 4
PLSC 204 AND PLSC 205 Introduction to Soil Science and Introduction to Soil Science Laboratory 3 +1
GEOG 220 Meteorology 3
ENSC 300 Earth Systems: Science and Policy 3
GEOG 412 Physical Climatology 4
MAST 382 Introduction to Ocean Sciences 3
POSC 350 Politics and the Environment 3
ECON 101 Introduction to Microeconomics 3
APEC 150 Economics of Agriculture and Natural Resources 3
GEOG 372 Introduction to GIS 3
APEC 480 Geographic Information Systems in Natural Resource Managment 4
Supporting Math and Science Requirements:
BISC 207 Introductory Biology I 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry I 4
BISC 208 Introductory Biology II 4
CHEM 104 General Chemistry II 4
MATH 241 Analytical Geometry and Calculus A 4
MATH 242 Analytical Geometry and Calculus B 4
PHYS 201 Introductory Physics* 4
PHYS 207

Fundamentals of Physics*

*Dependent on concentration, see concentration details for specifics

Field Experience: An approved 3-6 credit science field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets and weekly reports/field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met.  The following courses can be used to fulfill the field experience: BISC312, ENSC425, ENWC408, ENWC415, GEOG451, GEOL306, MAST421/621, MAST464, MAST468 or other field course approved by the faculty director of the ENSC program.

Science Concentrations: complete the course requirements in one of the concentrations listed below.

Capstone Course: ENSC 450: Proseminar: The Environment
This 3 credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.

NOTE: A minimum grade of C- is required in each of the above Program Core Requirement courses, Supporting Math and Science, the Field Experience, Concentration coursework and Capstone Course.

Electives: After required courses are completed, sufficient credits must be taken to meet the total minimum credits required for the degree.
Total Credits for Degree: 124

Thematic Concentrations:

Atmospheric Science Concentration

Ecoscience Concentration

Water Science Concentration

Marine Science Concentration

The Critical Zone Concentration

Energy and Environment Concentration

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