The Environmental Science program provides an interdisciplinary foundation in environmental science within the framework of a liberal arts education. Because of the broad spectrum of environmental fields, students are provided with flexibility in selecting a course of study that reflects their specific area(s) of interest (i.e. analytical laboratory studies, field-oriented biology, political science, or some combination). All students in the program are required to take core courses that provide a solid foundation in the natural and physical sciences. The remaining courses are selected from one of four tracks: Chemical Science, Biological Science, Chemical-Biological Science, or Environmental Policy. This B.S. degree program prepares students for future study and employment leading to several possible career paths in government, industry, research, and academia. Independent studies and/or internships are available.

Interdisciplinary Major

(B.S. degree) A total of fifty-five to fifty-nine is required for the major depending on emphasis. The core is required regardless of emphasis. ENV 440 may be elected or may serve as a substitute for another course in the major curriculum with approval of the Program Coordinator. (No minor is required.)

Environmental Science Core required of all majors:

Note: MAT 111 will also meet the general education requirement in MAT, but other MAT courses will not meet the ENV requirement.

Twenty-seven hours as follows:

BIO 111 Biological Principles (3 hours)
BIO 314 Evolution and Ecology (4 hours)
CHE 111 General Chemistry I (4 hours)
CHE 112 General Chemistry II (3 hours)
CHE 113 Chemical Measurements Laboratory (1 hour)
PHY 109 Elementary Meteorology (3 hours)
MAT 111 Elementary Probability and Statistics (3 hours)
ENV 330 Principles of Environmental Science (3 hours)
ENV 450 Seminar (2 hours)
ENV 461 Internship (1 hour)
Three to four hours (1 of the following 2)
GEL 113 General Geology (4 hours)
GEO 111 World Physical Geography (3 hours)

Science Track: Chemical Emphasis. Twenty-six hours as follows:

CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I (3 hours)
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1 hour)
CHE 305 Quantitative Analysis (4 hours)
CHE 309 Organic Chemistry II (3 hours)
CHE 310 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 hour)
CHE 315 Spectroscopy (4 hours)
CHE 337 Environmental Chemistry (2 hours)
PHY 111 General Physics I (4 hours)
PHY 112 General Physics II (4 hours)

Science Track: Biological Emphasis. Twenty-seven to twenty-eight hours as follows:

Eight hours as follows:
BIO 212 Cell and Molecular Biology (4 hours)
BIO 213 Organismal Biology (4 hours)

Nineteen to twenty hours (select 5 of the following 6 courses):
BIO 300 Marine Biology (3 hours)
BIO 311 General Microbiology (4 hours)
BIO 316 Plant Taxonomy and Spring Flora (4 hours)
BIO 320 Vertebrate Ecology (4 hours)
BIO 335 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4 hours)
BIO 413 Freshwater Biology (4 hours)

Science Track: Biological / Chemical Emphasis. Twenty-six hours as follows:

BIO 212 Cell and Molecular Biology (4 hours)
BIO 213 Organismal Biology (4 hours)
CHE201 Organic Chemistry I (3 hours)
CHE 202 Organic Chemistry Lab I(1 hour)
CHE 309 Organic Chemistry II (3 hours)
CHE 310 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1 hour)
CHE 337 Environmental Chemistry (2 hours)
PHY 111 General Physics I (4 hours)
PHY 112 General Physics II (4 hours)

Environmental Policy Track. Twenty-six to twenty-seven hours as follows:

Note: Students may meet major and general education requirements by taking ECO 223 and SOC 111 (a prerequisite for SOC 315).

Ten hours as follows:
BIO 213 Organismal Biology (4 hours)
SOC 315 Human Ecology (3 hours)
ECO 223 Principles of Microeconomics (3 hours)

Three hours (select 1 of the following 2 courses):
PHI 335 Theories of Economic Justice (3 hours)
PHI 345 Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (3 hours)

Three to Four hours (select 1 of the following 6 courses):
BIO 300 Marine Biology (3 hours)
BIO 311 General Microbiology (4 hours)
BIO 316 Plant Taxonomy and Spring Flora (4 hours)
BIO 320 Vertebrate Ecology (4 hours)
BIO 335 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4 hours)
BIO 413 Freshwater Biology (4 hours)

Three hours (select 1 of the following 3 courses):
POS 315 Public Administration and Policy Process (3 hours)
POS 335 Legislative Process (3 hours)
POS 430 International Political Economy (3 hours)

Three hours (select 1 of the following 3 courses):
ECO 337 Environmental Economics (3 hours)
SOC 424/ANT 424 Cultural Anthropology (3 hours)
SOC 317/GEO 317 Cultural Geography (3 hours)

Three hours (select one additional course from the last two blocks)

Course Offerings

330. Principles of Environmental Science. (3 hours) A study of the principles of environmental science and their application to current issues. Emphasis is placed on the use of natural resources (energy, mineral, water, and biological) and the consequences of that use (resource depletion, water and air pollution, hazardous and non-hazardous waste). Prerequisite: BIO 111 and junior or senior standing. Prerequisite or Corerequisite: BIO 314 (Same as BIO 330) Even Springs

440. Independent Study. (1-3 hours) An independent research project supervised by a faculty member in an appropriate discipline. Prerequisites: BIO 151, Junior classification, consent of supervising professor, and consent of the Environmental Science Program Coordinator.

450. Seminar. (2 hours) Career planning and counseling. Development of library research and writing skills. Current environmental issues will be discussed, and students will prepare a review paper and make an oral presentation on their review topic. Prerequisite: Senior classification.

461-462. Environmental Science Intern Program. (1-3 hours for each course) Field experience in any area of environmental science education, management or research conducted through a governmental or private agency. Prerequisite: declared major in Environmental Science and permission of the Environmental Science Program Coordinator.