Sample Curriculum

B. S. in Environmental Science

First Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
EN101 Composition & Literature 3 EN102 Composition & Literature 3
MA107 Precalculus Math 4 MA108 *Applied Calculus 4
BI101 **Principles of Biology 4 BI102 **Principles of Biology II 4
GL110 Introduction to Geology 4 GL111 Oceanography 3
Total credits 14   14

* Or equivalent, especially if needed as a prerequisite for Concentration courses
** EnvCH and EnvEG concentrations students take CH103-104 as freshmen, and BI101-102 in the second year

For Those Pursuing Option I:

Students electing Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry Environmental Geology, Environmental Engineering or Climate Science as the Concentration will share a common curriculum as upperclassmen that draws heavily from the sciences. Graduate in this Option will have broad interdisciplinary training with a strong science background. Their strength will be in this breadth as well as in the specific focus in which they concentrate their studies.

Second Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CH103 General Chem. I 4 CH104 General Chem. II 4
PH323 Environ Ethics or     Literature Elective or  
  Humanities Elective 3 ES130 Environmental Law 3
ES251 Soph. Sem. In Env. Sci 1 MA232 Elementary Statistics 3
Concentration Elective 3   Concentration Elective 3-4
ES270 Fund Env. Sci. or Elect.1 3-4   Elective1
    or Elective 3-4
Total credits 15-16   16-18

Third Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PS201 General Physics I 4 PS202 4
PH323 Environ. Ethics or   ES130 Environmental Law or  
Humanities Elective 3   Literature Elective 3
  Concentration Elective 3-4   Concentration Elective 3-4
ES270 Elective1 or Fund. Env. Sci. 3-4   Elective1 3-4
EC201 or 202 Econ. Principles 3    
Total credits 16-18 Total credits 13-15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ES450 Dir. Study Envir. Sci. 4 ES451 Envir. Sci. Seminar 3
BI405 Ecology 4   History Elective (except HI109) 3
CE433 Groundwater Hydrology 3   Concentration Elective 3-4
  Concentration Elective 3-4 Elective1 3-4
Total credits 14-15   12-14

 

MA241 or IS121 or EG112 or EG110

EN112 or EN204 may be substituted for one semester of EN201-202.

This course is offered in alternate years. Both courses listed are required. For the years thesse courses are offered, see Course Descriptions.

1Can be used out of sequence and to take more than one concentration elective concurrently

For those pursuing Option II:

Students pursuing Concentrations in Environmental Policy and Management, Environmental Law and Protection, Environmental Writing, Green Design, or Education share a curriculum during their last three years that has a strong emphasis on social sciences, business, and humanities with less emphasis in the pure sciences. These students will be prepared to enter careers in which social responsibility toward the environment is emphasized.

 

Second Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
PH323 Environ. Ethics or ES130 Environmental Law
EN203 Advanced Comp. 3 Literature Elective 3
ES251 Soph. Sem. in Env. Sc. 1 PY211 Intro to Psychology 3
PO Elective** 3 PO Elective** 3
Concentration Elective 3-4 MA232 Statistics 3
ES270 Fund. Env. Sci. or Ele. Concentration Elective 3-4
EC201 or EC202 Econ. Princ. 3-4
Total credits 13-15   15-16
Third Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
  Chemistry Elective 4 GL253 Geomorphology or Elec.1 3-4
EC201 or EC202 Econ. Princ. or ES130 Environmental Law
ES270 Fund. Env. Sci. 3-4 Literature Elective 3
SO201 Intro. to Sociology 3 Concentration Elective 3-4
EN203 Advanced Comp. or History Elective (except HI109) 3
PH323 Environ. Ethics 3 Elective1 3-4
Concentration Elective 3-4    
Total credits 16-18   15-18
Fourth Year
Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ES450 Dir. Study Envir. Sci. 4 ES451 Envir. Sci. Seminar 3
BI405 Ecology 4 GL253 Geomorphology or Elect. 3-4
Concentration Elective 3-4 Concentration Elective 3-4
Elective1 3-4 Elective1 3-4
Elective1 3-4
Total credits 14-16   15-19

* can be used out of sequence and to take more than one concentration elective concurrently
Note: For Education concentration students seeking licensure, ED232 substitutes for MA232, Electives must be used to take PY352 and ED425, and the 1 cr. courses ED101, 102, 201, 202 must be taken as an overload.

** selected from PO105, PO215 and PO305; Green Design concentration students take EG109 and EG110

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