Environmental Studies - BS

The increasing demands that population growth and affluence put on the natural resources and the Earth's environment require greater numbers of trained professionals and informed citizens.  The Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Studies blends science and policy with an interdisciplinary understanding of Earth’s processes and policy aspects of human interactions with the environment. The degree is designed to educate students about our planet to enable them to be knowledgeable about the scientific, human-dimension and policy aspects of environmental issues facing our nation as they work in regulatory agencies, industry, and non-governmental organizations.

First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
GEOS 101Introduction to the Geosciences 11
GEOS 105Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
MATH 141Finite Mathematics 3
POLS 206American National Government 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following: 4
Weather and Climate or Weather and Climate Laboratory  
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOG 201Introduction to Human Geography 3
MATH 142Business Calculus 3
Creative arts elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
ECON 202Principles of Economics 3
GEOG 205 or GEOS 210Environmental Change or Climate Change 3
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Communication elective 3
Life and physical sciences elective 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
 
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
PHIL 314Environmental Ethics 3
Geoscience elective 33
Select one of the following:
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Environmental Atmospheric Science  
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution  
Air Pollution Meteorology  
Research  
Geography of Europe  
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
GNSS in the Geosciences  
Natural Hazards  
Remote Sensing in Geosciences  
Coastal Processes  
Arid Lands Geomorphology  
Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior  
Hydrology and Environment  
Principles of Plant Geography  
Past Climates  
Field Geography  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
Research  
Environmental Geology  
Research  
Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery  
Global Change  
Research  
Marine Pollution  
Biological Oceanography  
Microbial Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Research  
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
Life and physical sciences elective 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
 
Free elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
AGEC 350Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3
GEOG 330Resources and the Environment 3
GEOG 335Pattern and Process in Biogeography 3
STAT 303Statistical Methods 3
Geoscience elective 33
Select one of the following:
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Environmental Atmospheric Science  
Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution  
Air Pollution Meteorology  
Research  
Global Climatic Regions  
Geomorphology  
GNSS in the Geosciences  
Natural Hazards  
Coastal Processes  
Arid Lands Geomorphology  
Spatial Thinking, Perception and Behavior  
Hydrology and Environment  
Principles of Plant Geography  
Past Climates  
Field Geography  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
Research  
Environmental Geology  
Research  
Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery  
Global Change  
Research  
Marine Pollution  
Biological Oceanography  
Microbial Oceanography  
Geological Oceanography  
Chemical Oceanography  
Research  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOG 380Workshop in Environmental Studies 3
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4
American history elective 3
Environmental policy elective 33
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  
The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change  
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  
 Term Semester Credit Hours13
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOG 304Economic Geography 3
GEOS 430Global Science and Policy Making 3
American history elective 3
Environmental policy elective 33
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  
The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change  
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  
Free elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
GEOS 405Environmental Geosciences 3
RENR 470Environmental Impact Assessment 3
Environmental policy elective 33
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  
The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change  
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  
Technical elective 43
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  
Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences  
Free elective 33
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Freshman entering the program take a first year seminar, GEOS 101. The choice is not restricted. Students transferring or changing majors into the program, who have not taken GEOS 101, are required to take GEOS 481 in their junior or senior year.

2

It is recommended to select a course that also fulfills an international and cultural diversity requirement.

3

Seek guidance about choices from the ENVP academic advisor or faculty mentor. KINE 199, MATH 102 and MATH 150 cannot be used as elective credit; lower level SOMS, NVSC, MLSC, and AERS courses also cannot be used.

GEOS 484 can be taken for up to 6 credits and will normally be used as an adjustment to geosciences electives, but depending on the content of the internship credit, it can be applied as an adjustment to your technical electives or policy electives. Seek guidance from the ENVP academic advisor.

4

Other courses which match the ENVP technical electives definition will be allowed by adjustment. Guidance about technical electives (including the definition used by the Environmental Programs in Geosciences) can be found on the programs' website. Seek guidance about choices from the ENVP academic advisor or faculty mentor.

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.