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Environmental Science Major

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.

53 Credits


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


Recommended Electives:

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.