Environmental Science Major with Environmental Biology Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that combines physical, chemical and biological sciences with social, political and economic understanding needed to study the environment and address environmental problems. The Environmental Science program integrates classroom work in biology, chemistry, geology and social sciences (economics and planning) with extensive field, lab and research experience. All students take a core of Environmental Science courses complemented by a concentration in one of the three core sciences (biology, chemistry, and geology). Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both Environmental Science and their concentration area. Graduates leave Eastern with the necessary professional and technical skills for employment in the environmental profession or entry into graduate or professional school.
Major Requirements for Environmental Science
All Environmental Science students must take a junior year (ENVS 300) and a final senior year environmental seminar (ENVS 400). After declaring environmental science as a major each student should meet with an advisor as soon as possible. Students should start the program with the necessary mathematics background to enter into the calculus or statistics sequence (i.e. MATH 141 or equivalent). It is recommended that students take ENVS 100, BIOL 171–BIOL 173, CHEM 151–CHEM 153 and GEOL 120 and GEOL 121 within the first two years. Students must maintain an overall GPA ≥2.50 to remain in the program.
Note: some course options may not result in there being 60 upper division credits required for graduation within the major–advisor consultation is required.
|Environmental Science Required Courses|
|BIOL 171||BIOLOGY I||5|
|BIOL 172||BIOLOGY II||5|
|BIOL 173||BIOLOGY III||5|
|BIOL 270||BIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION||3|
|CHEM 151||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 152||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|CHEM 153||GENERAL CHEMISTRY||5|
|DSCI 245||DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS||4-5|
|or MATH 380||ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS|
|DSCI 346||ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS||4-5|
|or MATH 161||CALCULUS I|
|ECON 100||GENERAL EDUCATION ECONOMICS||5|
|ENVS 100||INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE||5|
|ENVS 300||ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE JUNIOR SEMINAR||1|
|ENVS 400||ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SENIOR SEMINAR||1|
|GEOG 323||GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES||3|
|GEOL 120||PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - THE SOLID EARTH||5|
|GEOL 121||PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - SURFICIAL PROCESSES||5|
|GEOL 320||ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY||4-5|
|or GEOL 380||WORLD RESOURCES AND POPULATION|
|PLAN 431||ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS||3|
|Environmental Biology–Required General Biological Knowledge–choose one of the following|
|BIOL 490||SENIOR CAPSTONE||5|
|Electives–Upper division electives with advisor's consent.||20|
For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .
Student Learning Outcomes—students will
- develop an integrated knowledge of major concepts in the area of environmental sciences and an understanding of fundamental roles that biology, chemistry, and geology play in environmental science;
- demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationships among the physical and biological components of ecosystems;
- use epistemologically sound quantitative techniques for the analysis of biotic and abiotic samples and systems;
- demonstrate effective oral, graphical, and written communication abilities, and critical thinking skills as related to the environmental sciences;
- develop sufficient preparation in the environmental sciences to successfully compete in a graduate or professional program, or to realize employment in an environmental sciences-related career.