Environmental Science Major with Environmental Geology Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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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 171BIOL 173, CHEM 151CHEM 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.

Note: may only count BIOL 380 once.

Environmental Science Required Courses
BIOL 171BIOLOGY I5
BIOL 172BIOLOGY II5
BIOL 173BIOLOGY III5
BIOL 270BIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION3
BIOL 440ECOLOGY4
CHEM 151GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 152GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 153GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
DSCI 245DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS (may only count BIOL 380 once)4-5
or BIOL 380 DATA ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS
or MATH 380 ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
DSCI 346ADVANCED DATA ANALYSIS FOR BUSINESS (may only count BIOL 380 once)4-5
or BIOL 380 DATA ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS
or MATH 161 CALCULUS I
ECON 100GENERAL EDUCATION ECONOMICS5
ENVS 100INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE5
ENVS 300ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE JUNIOR SEMINAR1
ENVS 400ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SENIOR SEMINAR1
GEOG 323GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES3
GEOL 120PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - THE SOLID EARTH5
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - SURFICIAL PROCESSES5
GEOL 320ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4-5
or GEOL 380 WORLD RESOURCES AND POPULATION
GEOL 470HYDROGEOLOGY4
PLAN 431ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS3
Environmental Geology–Required Geology Courses
GEOL 122HISTORICAL GEOLOGY5
GEOL 311EARTH MATERIALS4
GEOL 360GEOLOGIC HAZARDS4
GEOL 411SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 462PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY5
or GEOL 466 ISOTOPIC TRACERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
GEOL 475ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OF SOILS: INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING4
Capstone
GEOL 490ASENIOR CAPSTONE: WATER AND THE WEST, WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING IN ARID LANDS4
or GEOL 490B CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
or ENVS 490 CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
Electives-upper division with advisor's consent4
Total Credits115-118

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.