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 ECCB 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.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BESC 201 Introduction to Bioenvironmental Sciences 3
RENR 205 Fundamentals of Ecology 3
RENR 215 Fundamentals of Ecology--Laboratory 1
BIOL 101
Botany
or Introductory Biology I
4
Social and behavioral sciences 3
 Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
CHEM 119 Fundamentals of Chemistry I 4
Select one of the following: 3
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  
Plant Pathology Laboratory  
Communication 1 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Language, philosophy and culture 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
BESC 367 U.S. Environmental Regulations 3
Business minor 3
Government/Political science 1 3
Rangeland ecology and management minor 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one from the following: 3
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  
Plant Pathology Laboratory  
American history 1 3
Business minor 3
Creative arts 1 3
Rangeland ecology and management minor 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
American history 1 3
Business minor 3
Mathematics 1 3
Rangeland ecology and management minor 3
Free elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Business minor 3
Mathematics 1 3
Rangeland ecology and management minor 3
Free elective 1 3
Free elective 1 4
 Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 3
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  
Plant Pathology Laboratory  
Business minor 3
Communication 1 3
Rangeland ecology and management minor 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BESC 481 Seminar 1
BESC 484 Field Experience 3
Business minor 3
Free elective 1 3
Free elective 1 3
 Semester Credit Hours13
 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 209Principles of Business Regulations and Law (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
Agrostology
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.