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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Sciences BS, Environmental Geology Specialization

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Environmental Sciences Requirements

The major in environmental sciences provides students with an understanding of the natural science of environmental issues as well as a social perspective that includes the social, political, and economic factors that contribute to policy and planning decisions. Through this major, students will gain the necessary professional and technical skills for entry into successful environmental careers or for graduate studies in environmental fields. The major offers five specialization options in environmental biology, environmental chemistry, environmental geology, environmental geography, and environmental policy.

Requirements for Major (BS) in Environmental Sciences
The requirements for the major in environment sciences have three parts:

  • Foundational courses in supporting disciplines. Some of these courses also serve as prerequisites for courses within the specializations. These foundational courses must be completed before students take ENST 304.
  • A core requirement consisting of seven interdisciplinary ENST courses, two upper-level electives, and a capstone experience outside of the classroom (research, internship, service learning, or study abroad).
  • A specialization consisting of 6-8 courses that focus on one area of study.
  • A minimum 2.0 GPA for program credits, and at least a C- in all ENST core courses.

Requirements for a double major with BS in environmental sciences
The following double major combinations will have the environmental sciences specialization course requirements waived for the BS degree in environmental sciences; all environmental sciences foundation and core course requirements must be completed. Required courses for the first degree major may not be used to fulfill upper-division environmental sciences elective requirements (7-10 credits).

Bachelor Degree (Disciplinary)
Bachelor Degree (Environmental Sciences)

BS Biology
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Biology Specialization

BS Chemistry
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Chemistry Specialization

BS Environmental Geological Sciences
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geology Specialization

BA Geography
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Geography Specialization

BS Public Policy
BS Environmental Sciences: Environmental Policy Specialization

The interdisciplinary major in public policy (BS) may be combined with the environmental sciences specialization in environmental policy by completing the specific course requirements for both majors. Students who combine majors in public policy and environmental sciences with a specialization in environmental policy will receive a bachelor of science degree in public policy and a bachelor of science degree in environmental sciences. As some public policy requirements and electives count toward both degrees or majors, the actual additional coursework needed to fulfill the requirements of the second degree or major may be as low as 19 credits.

Students may complete more than one specialization within the environmental sciences major. To be eligible for a second specialization, a minimum of 20 unique credits must be completed. Unique means the credits have not been used as part of any other environmental sciences specialization.

Foundational Courses (Required; Please refer to advising to select required and requisite courses for specialization.)

Select one of the following: Credits: 5

Select one of the following: Credits: 5

Select one of the following: Credits: 5

Total Foundation Credits: 25

Select one or a combination of the following for a total of: Credits: 3-5

Total Core Credits: 39-45

Environmental Geology Specialization

Note: GEOL 101/101LAB or GEOL 103/101LAB or GEOL 108 is required as foundational courses for this specialization and a prerequisite for most of the courses listed below.

Choose one field course from the following: Credits: 4-5

Specialization Subtotal Credits: 32-34

Total Credits: 96-104

College and Department Information

Environmental Studies Program  
College of the Sciences  

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