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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BESC 201 Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences 3
BIOL 111
Introductory Biology I
or Botany
4
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
Social and behavioral sciences 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
BIOL 112
Introductory Biology II
or Zoology
4
Communication 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
PLPA 301 Plant Pathology 3
PLPA 303 Plant Pathology Laboratory 1
Government/Political science 1 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 120 Fundamentals of Chemistry II 4
American history 1 3
Creative arts 1 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
Technical elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Third Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 4
Elements of Organic and Biological Chemistry
and Elementary Organic Chemistry Laboratory
 
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
 
American history 1 3
Mathematics 1 3
Technical elective 3 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GENE 310
Principles of Heredity
or Genetics of Plants
3
Mathematics 1 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
Technical elective 3 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
SCSC 301 Soil Science 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Biometry  
Statistical Methods  
Statistical Methods  
Communication 1 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
Technical elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
BESC 481 Seminar 1
BESC 484 Field Experience 3
Bioenvironmental group elective 2 3
Technical elective 3 3
General elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120