Academic Catalog

Environmental Science Major — B.S.


Environmental Science B.S. Major Requirements62-65
Integrative Core Curriculum Requirements 128-40
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

ENVS 11900Introduction to Environmental Humanities4
ENVS 12000Environmental Sentinels4
ENVS 12100Introduction to Environmental Science and Technology4
ENVS 23000Earth System Science4
ENVS 22000Human-Environment Geography3
BIOL 12200Principles of Biology, Ecology and Evolution4
or BIOL 12000 Fundamentals of Biology II: Ecology and Evolution
CHEM 12100Principles of Chemistry3
CHEM 12200Principles of Chemistry Laboratory1
PHYS 11700Principles of Physics I: Mechanics4
MATH 11100Calculus I4
Select one of the following:3-4
Calculus II
Statistics for Business, Economics and Management
Statistics for the Health, Life, and Social Sciences
Statistical Analysis
ENVS-BIOL-CHEM-PHYSSelect two natural science courses with the attribute ENRE "Env Science 20000+ lab courses"6-8
ENVS xxxxxUpper level ENVS electives which must be at level 300 or higher6
Humanities electiveSelected from courses with the attribute ENHU "Env Science Humanities elective"3
Social Science electiveSelected from courses with the attribute ENSS "Env Science Social Sci Elect"3
ENVS 17500Introductory Environmental Seminar1
ENVS 27500Intermediate Environmental Seminar1
ENVS 47500Advanced Environmental Seminar1
Select one option for 3 credits:3
Environmental Research: Advanced
Independent Study: Environmental Studies
Internship: Environmental Studies
Students must complete an experiential service or community-based learning activity and put their communication skills to use with diverse audiences (see below).
Total Credits62-65

Cultural Immersion Requirement

The cultural immersion requirement is designed to help students discover alternative ways of addressing environmental problems by developing an insider’s view that can help broaden their perspectives as well as provide sources for innovative solutions. Students can choose from a wide variety of experiences to satisfy this requirement, but each cultural immersion experience must meet the following criteria:

  1. It must be related to environmental studies or science in some way.
  2. It must include at least 40 hours of direct involvement with people from a culture or socioeconomic class other than what the student has experienced to date.
  3. It must be a deeper, more critical cultural immersion experience than travel or observation alone, and should provide opportunities for students to evaluate situations from local people’s perspective.
  4. It should enable students to acquire an awareness of how their own culture informs them about other cultures and is used subjectively to make sense of cultural differences.
  5. It requires students to be active participants in the culture, and not just observers; in other words, students should strive to be in a situation where some of their daily comforts and predictability are different or absent.

Students must develop a written proposal for their cultural immersion experience, obtain approval in advance, document their experience through written reflection and an electronic portfolio, and present their portfolio as part of ENVS 47500 in their senior year.