Environmental Studies - BS

The increasing demands that population growth and affluence put on Earth’s natural resources and environment require greater numbers of trained professionals and informed citizens. The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies blends an interdisciplinary understanding of Earth’s surface processes and environmental problems, along with the policy and decision-making components of human interactions with the environment. The degree is designed to educate students about the scientific, human-dimension and policy aspects of environmental issues facing our state and nation as they work in regulatory agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations to resolve problems. Students focus upper division coursework in one of five environmental themes: 1) urban environment, 2) occupational health and safety, 3) environmental regulation and compliance, 4) Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST), and 5) global environment.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 1 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
GEOS 105 Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
MATH 141 Finite Mathematics 3
POLS 206 American National Government 3
ECON 202 Principles of Economics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 1 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology
and Principles of Geology Laboratory
 
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOG 201 Introduction to Human Geography 3
MATH 142 Business Calculus 3
Creative arts elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
POLS 207 State and Local Government 3
GEOS 210 Climate Change 3
Communication elective 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3 4
Select one of the following:
 
Botany  
Zoology  
Introductory Biology I  
Introductory Biology II  
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
 
GEOS 205 Environmental Geosciences Cornerstone 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Language, philosophy and culture elective 2 3
Life and physical sciences elective 3 4
Select one of the following:
 
Botany  
Zoology  
Introductory Biology I  
Introductory Biology II  
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
 
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
 
Theme elective 4 3
GEOG 330 Resources and the Environment 3
GEOG 304 Economic Geography 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 335 Pattern and Process in Biogeography 3
PHIL 314 Environmental Ethics 3
STAT 303 Statistical Methods 3
GEOG 380 Workshop in Environmental Studies 3
Theme elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOG 390 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
AGEC 350 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
GEOS 444 The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change 3
Environmental policy elective 3
Select one of the following:
 
U.S. Environmental Regulations  
Principles of Economics  
Microeconomic Theory  
Economics of Resource Scarcity  
Introduction to Urban Geography  
Geography of Energy  
Political Geography  
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues  
Environmental Justice  
Internship  
Politics of Energy and the Environment  
Environmental Sociology  
Building Better Cities  
Issues in Environmental Quality  
Urban Issues  
Environmental Health Planning and Policy  
Sustainable Communities  
Environmental Impact Assessment  
Environmental Regulatory Compliance in Geoscience  
Theme Elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOS 430 Global Science and Policy Making 3
American history elective 3
Theme elective 4 3
Technical elective 5 3
Select one of the following:
 
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Laboratory Methods in Atmospheric Sciences  
Data Analysis in Geography  
Remote Sensing in Geosciences  
Field Geography  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
Introduction to Geological Field Methods  
GNSS in the Geosciences
or GNSS in the Geosciences
 
Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences  
General elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOS 405 Environmental Geosciences 3
Theme elective 4 3
General elective 6 3
American history elective 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Two courses in the degree plan must be writing intensive courses designated by the Environmental Programs in the schedule of classes. Also, international and cultural diversity electives (6 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.

Environmental Theme Electives

Urban Environment
GEOG 306Introduction to Urban Geography3
GEOG 406Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues3
or ATMO 326   or Environmental Atmospheric Science 
URPN 202Building Better Cities3
URPN 361Urban Issues3
URPN 460Sustainable Communities3
Occupational Health and Safety
PHLT 330The Environment and Public Health3
Select the remaining courses from the following:
PHLT 331Occupational Safety and Health I3
PHLT 333Accident Investigation3
PHLT 334Fire Safety and Workplace Hazards3
PHLT 335Hazardous Materials3
PHLT 432Human Factors and Ergonomic Health and Safety3
PHLT 434Project Cost Benefit and Economics3
Environmental Regulation and Compliance
GEOS 431Environmental Regulatory Compliance in Geoscience3
BESC 367U.S. Environmental Regulations3
GEOG 430Environmental Justice3
OCNG 350Marine Pollution3
Choose the remaining courses from the following:
GEOS 484Internship3
BESC 403Sampling and Environmental Monitoring3
BESC 411Environmental Health and Safety Compliance3
Geographic Information Science and Technology (GIST)
GEOG 352/GEOL 352GNSS in the Geosciences3
GEOG 361Remote Sensing in Geosciences4
Choose the remaining courses from the following:
GEOG 392GIS Programming4
GEOG 461Digital Image Processing in the Geosciences4
GEOG 475Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)4
GEOG 477Terrain Analysis and Mapping4
GEOG 478WebGIS4
GEOG 479Principles of Geocomputation4
Global Environment
GEOS 410Global Change3
OCNG 350Marine Pollution3
GEOG 324Global Climatic Regions3
Choose the remaining courses from the following:
GEOG 309Geography of Energy3
GEOS 401Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery3
GEOG 370/MARS 370Coastal Processes3
GEOG 400Arid Lands Geomorphology3
GEOG 331Geomorphology3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
GEOG 435Principles of Plant Geography3
ATMO 326Environmental Atmospheric Science3