Bioenvironmental Sciences - BS

Major breakthroughs are taking place locally, regionally and globally concerning environmental awareness. Environmental hazards take many forms, including microbial threats, toxic wastes and the indirect impact of man’s activities on a fragile ecosystem. As a result, there is a growing recognition that the solutions to environmental problems require innovative multi-disciplinary perspectives and technologically-intensive approaches. The Bioenvironmental Sciences curriculum (BESC) was designed in consultation with numerous industry representatives in order to comply with the most current thinking on the talents needed for tomorrow’s environmental fields. Students will be prepared for a breadth of career choices in the environmental sciences. These choices include such areas as research and development, environmental consulting, remediation of wastes, site assessment and environmental sampling, and environmental law. Graduates from BESC find employment in federal, state and municipal environmental agencies; in industries concerned with the generation and clean-up of hazardous wastes; with environmental advocacy and educational groups. In addition, the strong science base in BESC prepares students for professional and graduate schools in a variety of disciplines.

The curriculum described combines a foundation of required courses of technical and free electives to allow the student the maximum flexibility to design a personalized course of study. Students are advised to focus on an area of emphasis with those electives that come from such categories as conservation/ecology, policy/ethics/regulations, the physical environment, engineering, plant studies, genetics/biotechnology and general environmental. The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology also supports the extracurricular activities needed to support a successful environmental professional.

BESC 201Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences3
BESC 481Seminar1
BESC 484Field Experience3
BIOL 101
BIOL 107
and Zoology
or BIOL 111
BIOL 112
   or Introductory Biology I and Introductory Biology II 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 222
CHEM 242
Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry
and Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
or CHEM 227
CHEM 237
   or Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 
GENE 310Principles of Heredity3
or GENE 315   or Genetics of Plants 
PLPA 301
PLPA 303
Plant Pathology
and Plant Pathology Laboratory
RENR 205
RENR 215
Fundamentals of Ecology
and Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory
SCSC 301Soil Science4
STAT 302Statistical Methods3
American history elective 16
Bioenvironmental group electives18
Select from the following:
Molds and Mushrooms: The Impact of Fungi on Society and the Environment
International Perspectives on Environmental Issues
Pathogens, the Environment and Society
Water and the Bioenvironmental Sciences
Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts
U.S. Environmental Regulations
Bioenvironmental Microbiology
Microbial Processes in Bioremediation
Sampling and Environmental Monitoring
Environmental Health and Safety Compliance
Special Topics in...
Soil and Water Microbiology
Other courses approved by advisor
Communication elective6
Creative arts electives 13
Government/Political science elective6
Language, philosophy and culture elective 13
Mathematics elective6
Social and behavioral science elective 13
Technical electives 215
Free electives9
Total Semester Credit Hours120