The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science is designed for students who plan to seek employment in an environmentally related vocation immediately upon graduation. It is not intended to prepare the student for further graduate studies in the life or physical sciences or as preparation for medical, dental or veterinary programs.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students completing a major in Environmental Science will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the core concepts of biological literacy – including evolution, structure and function, information flow and exchange, systems, and transformation of energy and matter – as it pertains to the environment.
- Connect their knowledge of the core concepts of biological literacy with studies in the liberal arts (i.e., science, mathematics, communications, philosophy, etc.).
- Apply the process of science.
- Evaluate the impacts of human activities on the environment.
- Conduct scientific investigations ethically and for the greater good.
- Communicate scientific information and ideas.
- Develop skills in self-learning.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE MAJOR
BI 114,115 General Biology I and Lab: Molecular Biology
BI 116, 117 General Biology II and Lab: Organismal Biology
BI 210 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
BI 310, 311 Ecology and Lab
BI/CH 395,495 Internship
BI 445/445L Wildlife Conservation and Management and Lab
BI 482 Coordinating Seminar
CH 106, 107 Principles of Inorganic Chemistry and Lab
CH 116,117 Principles of Organic and Biological Chemistry and Lab
CH 308 Environmental Chemistry
CH 320/320L Integrated Earth Systems and Lab
MA 221 Statistics I
MA 300 Statistics II
CA 232 Professional Communication
BI/PO 39X ST: Environmental Policy
SO 201 Introduction to Sociology
BI 317/317L Plant Biology and Lab
BI 320 Evolution
BI 322 Animal Behavior
BI 360/361 Microbiology and Lab
BI 418/419 Limnology and Lab
BI 486 Independent Research
BU 425 Project Management
EC 100 Economics and Contemporary Issues
GO 200 World Geography
PH 380 Bioethics
PS 180/181 Basic Physics I and Lab
PS 182/183 Basic Physics II and Lab
Students are strongly encouraged to select a minor or a second major that would enhance their studies and job opportunities. Some possible minors include the following: Communication, Entrepreneurship, Political Science
Required courses for the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Science are offered primarily through the biology and chemistry departments. Consult the catalog listing in the appropriate discipline for a description of course offerings.