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Curriculum in Environmental Sciences

The Environmental Science program, like the rather broad field of environmental science, is by its very nature highly interdisciplinary. Although the College of Agriculture administers the program through the Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and the College of Sciences and Mathematics are partners in developing the curriculum, guiding student development and providing instruction.

Environmental quality issues are often complex and significant expertise in physics, chemistry, biology, soil science and geology is needed to understand specific problems. Moreover, formulating solutions often requires mathematical expertise as well as specific knowledge of the air, water, and soil environments. Thus, the program is structured to educate environmental scientists broadly, but with considerable depth.

The program is specifically tailored to produce graduates who can enter and have a reasonable expectation of success in a field that is continually changing. The principal educational goals are to provide each student with a broad-based general education, a solid background in mathematics, physical science, and biological science, breadth of exposure to the environmental science field, and depth of knowledge in a specific area of environmental science of choice.

The curriculum is organized around a core set of courses that are required of all students. Students desiring to specialize may select from courses, called professional track electives, that emphasize environmental applications of biological science, physical science, soil science, or engineering science.

ENVI 1010 Introduction to Environmental Science10ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
CHEM 1030 Fundamentals Chemistry I
   & CHEM 1031 Fundamental Chemistry I Laboratory
4ENVI 1020 Fundamentals of Environmental Science2
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology
   & BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory
Core History 123CHEM 1040 Fundamental Chemistry II
   & CHEM 1041 Fundamental Chemistry II Laboratory
MATH 1610 Calculus I4Core History 223
 14 16
BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology
   & BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory
4CHEM 2030 Survey of Organic Chemistry3
PHYS 1500 General Physics I4STAT 2510 Statistics for Biological and Health Sciences3
GEOL 1100 Dynamic Earth
   & GEOL 1101 Dynamic Earth Laboratory
4PHYS 1510 General Physics II4
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3GEOL 2100 Environmental Geology4
 15 14
BIOL 3200 General Microbiology4CHEM 3050 Analytical Chemistry
   & CHEM 3051 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
FORY 5470 GIS Applications in Natural Resources2CIVL 4210 Water and Wastewater Treatment and Design
   & CIVL 4211 Water and Wastewater Laboratory
CSES 2040 Basic Soil Science4Professional Track34
Professional Track36BIOL 3060 Ecology4
 16 16
ENVI 4950 Environmental Science Senior Seminar2FORY 5543 Environmental Law3
Professional Track35Professional Track37
ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3Core Social Science43
PHIL 1020 Introduction to Ethics3Core Literature3
Core Humanities (Fine Arts)3UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
 16 16
Total Hours: 123

 Courses in boldface type are major courses and require a 2.0 minimum GPA for graduation.


 Student should select a two semester history sequence from the Core Curriculum such as HIST 1010 and HIST 1020 orHIST 1210 and HIST 1220.


Professional Track - see adviser for approved course listing.


Student will choose from the following: ANTH 1000, GEOG 1010/GEOG 1017, PSYC 2010, SOCY 1000/SOCY 1007, or UNIV 2720/UNIV 2727.