University Studies - BS, Environmental Business Concentration

A University Studies Degree differs from a traditional “major” in that it consists of a concentration of 21-24 hours and two minors of 15-18 hours each. The University Studies Degree format was created to provide students the flexibility to combine areas of study that are of special interest. Under the guidelines of the University Studies degree requirements, the student’s diploma will list “University Studies” in the place where the major is currently listed. The student’s area of concentration (Environmental Business) and the two minors (Rangeland Ecology & Management AND Business) will be indicated on the student’s transcript.

This new degree option features a blending of environmental science coursework and business coursework in a truly unique combination unlike any other degree at Texas A&M University. The Environmental Business concentration draws heavily from the established Bioenvironmental Sciences degree already offered at Texas A&M, but this concentration is significantly different in that it lacks the larger number of life science courses that serve as a necessary foundation in any environmental science degree. The focus on environmental coursework (through the BESC and ESSM courses) coupled with core business coursework allows this University Studies concentration to provide a very well-rounded and marketable degree in a variety of arenas.

This interdisciplinary degree plan provides a highly-marketable focus from an already fast-rising, multi-faceted discipline. The coursework retains the “customizable” nature of the university studies degree within the concentration itself, allowing students a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity for their bachelor’s degree. The Environmental Business concentration provides a solid foundation of Bioenvironmental Sciences coursework that, when paired with the Rangeland Ecology & Management minor and the Business minor, provides students with a versatile, sound degree that is uniquely positioned in the job market and combines a general overview of both environmental issues/policies and business administration principals/content.

BESC 201Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences3
BESC 367U.S. Environmental Regulations3
BESC 481Seminar1
BESC 484Field Experience3
BIOL 101Botany4
or BIOL 111   or Introductory Biology I 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric3
RENR 205
RENR 215
Fundamentals of Ecology
and Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory
BESC concentration electives9
Select three of the following:
Molds and Mushrooms: The Impact of Fungi on Society and the Environment
Pathogens, the Environment and Society
Water and the Bioenvironmental Sciences
Biotechnology for Biofuels and Bioproducts
Special Topics in...
Plant Pathology
and Plant Pathology Laboratory
Creative arts 13
Language, philosophy and culture 13
Social and behavioral science 13
American history 16
POLS 206American National Government3
POLS 207State and Local Government3
Free electives 122
Business Minor18
Rangeland Ecology and Management Minor16
Total Semester Credit Hours120

Business Minor

The minor in business consists of six specific courses chosen to develop a foundational knowledge in the basic aspects of business, including accounting, finance, management, marketing, and management information systems.

The courses listed below constitute the 18 hours required for a minor in business.

ACCT 209Survey of Accounting Principles (or TCCNS ACCT 2301 or 2401)3
ISTM 209Business Information Systems Concepts 13
MGMT 209Business, Government and Society (or Blinn College BUSI 2371) 23
FINC 409Survey of Finance Principles 33
MGMT 309Survey of Management 33
MKTG 409Principles of Marketing 33
Total Semester Credit Hours18

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course listed above to be awarded the business minor and receive transcript recognition.

Rangeland Ecology and Management Minor

Select one of the following:3
Wildland Plants of North America
Rangeland Plant Taxonomy
ESSM 314Principles of Rangeland Management Around the World3
Select three of the following:9
Wildland Watershed Management
Range Ecology
Vegetation Management
Ecosystem Restoration and Management
Fire Ecology and Natural Resource Management
Ecological Restoration of Wetland and Riparian Systems
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Students must make a grade of "C" or better in all courses.