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 provided with a common foundation (the “Environmental Science Core”) and the opportunity to focus their studies in either the Science or Policy Track. This B.S. degree program (57 to 59 hours) prepares students for future study and employment leading to several possible career paths in government, industry, research, and academia. Independent studies and internships are available.

Interdisciplinary Major

(B.S. degree) A total of fifty-seven to fifty-nine hours is required for the major depending on emphasis (Science Track or Policy Track). The core is required regardless of emphasis.

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.

Nine Courses (27 hours) as follows:

  • BIO 111 Biological Principles (4)
  • BIO 212 Cellular and Molecular Biology (4) or BIO 213 Organismal Biology (4)
  • BIO 314 Evolution and Ecology (4)
  • MAT 111 Probability and Statistics (3)
  • ECO 223 Microeconomics (3)
  • ENV/BIO 330 Environmental Science & Natural Resources (3)
  • ENV 332 Environmental Science & Policy (3)
  • ENV 450 Seminar (2)
  • ENV 461 Internship (1)

Science Track:

Requires 30-31 hours beyond the core (57-58 total)

Four Courses (11 or 12 hours) as follows:

  • CHE 111 General Chemistry I (4)
  • CHE 112 General Chemistry II (3)
  • CHE 113 General Chemistry Lab (1)
  • GEL 113 General Geology (4) or PHY 109 Meteorology (3)

A minimum of 16 additional hours. Select from the following:

  • BIO 300 Marine Biology (3)
  • BIO 311 General Microbiology (4)
  • BIO 316 Plant Taxonomy & Spring Flora (4)
  • BIO 320 Vertebrate Ecology (4)
  • BIO 335 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIO 413 Freshwater Biology (4)
  • CHE 201 Organic Chemistry I (3)
  • CHE 202 Organic Chemistry Lab I (1)
  • CHE 309 Organic Chemistry II (3)
  • CHE 310 Organic Chemistry Lab II (1)
  • CHE 305 Quantitative Analysis (4)
  • CHE 315 Spectroscopy (4)
  • CHE 337 Environmental Chemistry (2)

One Additional Course (3 hours)

Select one upper-level course (numbered 300 or higher) from the Policy Track outside of the natural and physical sciences.

Environmental Policy Track:

Requires 31-32 hours beyond the core (58-59 total)

Three courses (10 hours) as follows:

  • ECO 337 Environmental Economics (3)
  • PHI 345 Environmental Phil. & Ethics (3)
  • CHE 111 General Chemistry I (4) or GEL 113 General Geology (4)

Six courses (18 hours) with no more than 3 courses from any one discipline. Select 6

  • ANT 317/GEO 317 Cultural Geography (3)
  • ANT 424 Cultural Anthropology (3)
  • BUA 210 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • BUA 211 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • ECO 221 Macroeconomics (3)
  • PHI 335 Theories of Economic Justice (3)
  • POS 305 Urban Government (3)
  • POS 309 State Government (3)
  • POS 315 Public Admininstration & Policy Process (3)
  • POS 335 Legislative Process (3)
  • POS 409 Kentucky Government (3)
  • POS 430 International Political Economy (3)
  • SOC 315 Human Ecology (3)

One Additional Course (3-4 hours). Select 1

  • BIO 300 Marine Biology (3)
  • BIO 311 General Microbiology (4)
  • BIO 316 Plant Taxonomy and Spring Flora (4)
  • BIO 320 Vertebrate Ecology (4)
  • BIO 335 Genetics and Molecular Biology (4)
  • BIO 413 Freshwater Biology (4)

 

Course Offerings

330. Environmental Science and Natural Resources. (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 Corequisite: BIO 314. Even Springs

332. Environmental Science and Policy. (3 hours) A study of the principles of environmental science and their application to current issues. Emphasis is placed on addressing how risk is assessed, managed and communicated, how U.S. environmental policy has developed, and how regulations are formed, implemented, and enforced. The class will also discuss selected international policies, particularly those of the United Nations and Europe. Prerequisite: BIO 111 and junior or senior standing. Prerequisite or Corequisite: BIO 314. Even Falls

440. Independent Study. (1-3 hours) An independent research project supervised by a faculty member in an appropriate discipline. Prerequisites: BIO 111, 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.