Professor Rick Kopp, Program Coordinator

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Environmental Science Program
Georgetown College
400 East College Street
Georgetown, KY 40324

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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 are available; an internship is required.

 

Interdisciplinary Major

(B.S. degree) 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. (No minor required)

 

Environmental Science Core (required of all majors):

Note: MAT 111 will also meet the Foundations and Core requirement in mathematics, but other mathematics courses will not meet the Environmental Science requirement.

 

Nine Courses (27  hours) as follows:

BIO 111. Biological Principles

4 hours

BIO 212. Cellular and Molecular Biology  orBIO 214. Organismal Biology

4 hours

BIO 314.  Evolution and Ecology

4 hours

MAT 111. Probability and Statistics

3 hours

ECO 223. Principles of Microeconomics

3 hours

ENV/BIO 330.  Environmental Science & Natural Resources

3 hours

ENV 332. Environmental Science & Policy

3 hours

ENV 450. Seminar

2 hours

ENV 461. Internship

1 hour

 

 

Science Track:

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

 

Four Courses (11 or 12 hours) as follows:

CHE 111. General Chemistry I

4 hours

CHE 112. General Chemistry II

3 hours

CHE 113. General Chemistry Lab II

1 hour

GEL 113. General Geology orPHY 109. Meteorology

4 hours or

3 hours

 

 

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

BIO 300. Marine Biology

3 hours

BIO 311. General Microbiology

4 hours

BIO 316. Plant Taxonomy & Spring Flora

4 hours

BIO 320. Vertebrate Ecology

4 hours

BIO 335. Genetics and Molecular Biology

4 hours

BIO 413. Freshwater Biology

4 hours

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

CHE 339. Environmental Chemistry Lab

1 hour

 

 

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 to 32 hours beyond the core (58 to 59 hours total).

 

One course (4 hours).

CHE 111. General Chemistry I

4 hours

GEL 113. General Geology

4 hours

 

 

Two courses (6 hours).

ECO 337. Environmental Economics

3 hours

PHI 345. Environmental Philosophy & Ethics

3 hours

SOC 355. Environment and Sustainability

3 hours

 

 

 

Six courses (18 hours) with no more than 3 courses from any one discipline.  Whichever course was not selected from the previous block (ECO 337, PHI 345, or SOC 355) may be included here.

BUA 210. Principles of Accounting I

3 hours

BUA 211. Principles of Accounting II

3 hours

ECO 221. Principles of Macroeconomics

3 hours

PHI 335. United States Congress

3 hours

POS 305. Urban Government

3 hours

POS 309. State Government

3 hours

POS 315. Public Administration

3 hours

POS 335. Legislative Process

3 hours

POS 409. Kentucky Government

3 hours

POS 430. International Political Economy

3 hours

SOC 405. Development and Globalization

3 hours

SOC 415. Food and Society

3 hours

 

 

One Additional Course (3-4 hours).

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

 

 

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). Prerequisites: 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. Prerequisites: 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, Sophomore classification, consent of supervising professor, and consent of the Environmental Science Program Coordinator.                                                                                                      As needed

 

450. Seminar. (2 hours) 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.           As needed

 

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. Prerequisites: declared major in Environmental Science and permission of the Environmental Science Program Coordinator. As needed

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