See the Georgetown College catalog for current requirements for the B.S. in Environmental Science.

Environmental Science is an Interdisciplinary Major with four possible areas of specialization. No minor is required. All majors are required to take a common set of  “core classes”. The remaining hours are taken within one of two areas of specialization, either the Science Track or the Environmental Policy Track. Each “track” requires its own set of core courses and allows its own set of electives. There are a variety of scheduling patterns possible in each case. The patterns shown below provide possible sequences in each track.

Recognize that some required courses are offered only in alternate years, so it is essential that you plan ahead

Science Track

The Science Track is constructed so that the student can design his or her own science emphasis by choosing appropriate courses.

Possible sequence in the Science Track for an emphasis on Chemistry:

  • Year 1
    • 8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 111, 112, 113
    • 4 hours in Biology: BIO 111
    • 3 hours in Math: MAT 111
  • Year 2
    • 8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 201, 202, 309, 310
    • 3 or 4 hours in Physics or Geology: PHY 109 or GEL 113
    • 4 hours in Biology: BIO 314
    • 3 hours in Economics: ECO 223
  • Year 3
    • 4 or 6 hours in Chemistry: Select among CHE 305, 315, 337
    • 4 hours in Biology: BIO 212 or BIO 214
    • 1 or 4 or 7 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 461;  ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track:  choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track
  • Year 4
    • 4 or 6 hours in Chemistry: Select among CHE 305, 315, 337
    • 2 or 5 or 8 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 450; ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track:  choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track

Possible sequence in the Science Track for an emphasis on Biology:

  • Year 1
    • 8 hours in Biology: BIO 111; BIO 314 (with permission of instructor)
    • 0-8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 111, 112, 113
    • 3 hours in Math: MAT 111
  • Year 2
    • 4 or 8 hours in Biology: BIO 214 or BIO 212*
    • 0-8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 111, 112, 113
    • 3 or 4 hours in Physics or Geology: PHY 109 or GEL 113
    • 3 hours in Economics: ECO 223
  • Year 3
    • 7-12 hours in Biology: Select among BIO 300, 311, 316, 320, 335, 413
    • 1 or 4 or 7 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 461;  ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track:  choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track
  • Year 4
    • 7-12 hours in Biology: Select among BIO 300, 311, 316, 320, 335, 413 (6 of 6 required)
    • 2 or 5 or 8 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 450; ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track: choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track

*Check the prerequisites for the 300 and 400 level Biology courses you wish to take:  you may want to complete both BIO 212 and BIO 214 in order to take certain combinations of the upper-level electives.

Possible sequence in the Science Track for a mix of Biology and Chemistry:

  • Year 1:
    • 8 hours in Biology: BIO 111; BIO 314 (with permission of instructor)/> 8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 111, 112, 113
    • 3 hours in Math: MAT 111
  • Year 2:
    • 4 or 8 hours in Biology: BIO 214 or BIO 212*
    • 8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 201, 202, 309, 310
    • 3 hours in Economics: ECO 223
  • Year 3:
    • 0 – 4 hours in Biology or Chemistry: CHE 337 is recommended when it is offered
    • 3 or 4 hours in Physics or Geology: PHY 109 or GEL 113
    • 1 or 4 or 7 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 461;  ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track:  choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track
  • Year 4:
    • 0 – 4 hours in Biology or Chemistry: CHE 337 is recommended when it is offered
    • 2 or 5 or 8 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 450; ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in the Environmental Policy Track:  choose one upper-level (300 or 400) non-science course from the choices listed in the Environmental Policy Track

*Check the prerequisites for the 300 and 400 level Biology courses you wish to take:  you may want to complete both BIO 212 and BIO 214 in order to take certain combinations of the upper-level electives.

Environmental Policy Track

  • Year 1:
    • 4 or 8 hours in Biology: BIO 111, BIO 212 (or take 214 in Year 2*)
    • 3 hours in Math: MAT 111
    • 4 hours in Geology or Chemistry: GEL 113 or CHE 111
  • Year 2:
    • 4 or 8 hours in Biology: BIO 214 (or take 212 in Year 1*), BIO 314
    • 8 hours in Chemistry: CHE 111, 112, 113
    • 3 hours in Economics: ECO 223
  • Year 3:
    • 0 or 3 hours in Economics:  ECO 337 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in Philosophy:  PHI 345 (Even Falls)
    • 9 hours chosen from the upper level (300 or 400 non-science courses listed in the Environmental Policy Track
    • 0 – 4 hours in Biology: Select among BIO 300, 311, 316, 320, 335, 413
    • 1 or 4 or 7 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 461;  ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)
  • Year 4:
    • 0 or 3 hours in Economics:  ECO 337 (Even Falls)
    • 0 or 3 hours in Philosophy:  PHI 345 (Even Falls)
    • 9 hours chosen from the upper level (300 or 400 non-science courses listed in the Environmental Policy Track
    • 0 – 4 hours in Biology: Select among BIO 300, 311, 316, 320, 335, 413
    • 2 2 or 5 or 8 hours in Environmental Science: ENV 450; ENV 330 (Even Springs); ENV 332 (Even Falls)

For Additional Information

Contact the Program Coordinator, Dr. Rick Kopp for further information about the Environmental Science Major.

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