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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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Requirements for the B.S. Degree

B.S. General College Requirements

30 to 34 hours are required.

English (9 hours). ENGL 101, ENGL 102, and ENGL 362 Foundations of Technical Writing. (If ENGL 362 is not available, any 200-level English writing course fulfills the requirement.)

Argument and Reason (3 hours). Satisfaction of the College B.A. requirement.

Western Civilization (6 hours). Satisfaction of the College B.A. requirement.

Principal Course Distribution Requirement 12-18 hours
  • ECON 142 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • 3 additional courses from the principal course list in social sciences and humanities and/or courses in the same foreign language (9-15)

B.S. Major Courses

64 to 66 hours are required.

Introduction to Science and Culture 6 hours
Mathematics 5-6 hours
Statistics 3-4 hours

Choose one of the following:

  • MATH 365 Elementary Statistics (3)
  • GEOG 316 Methods of Analyzing Geographical Data (4)
  • BIOL 570 Introduction to Biostatistics (3)
Core Courses 12 hours
Biology and Ecology 11 hours
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (4) or
    BIOL 151 Principles of Molecular And Cellular Biology, Honors (4)
  • BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology (4) or
    BIOL 153 Principles of Organismal Biology, Honors (4)
  • BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology (3)
Chemistry 10 hours
  • CHEM 184 Foundations of Chemistry I (5) or
    CHEM 185 Foundations of Chemistry I, Honors (5)
  • CHEM 188 Foundations of Chemistry II (5) or
    CHEM 189 Foundations of Chemistry II, Honors (5)
Additional Laboratory Science 5 hours
  • GEOG 104 Principles of Physical Geography (3) and
    GEOG 105 Introductory Laboratory in Physical Geography (2)
  • GEOL 101 Introduction to Geology (3) and
    GEOL 103 Geological Fundamentals Laboratory (2)
  • GEOL 102 Introduction to Geology, Honors (3) and
    GEOL 103 Geological Fundamentals Laboratory (2)
  • CHEM 622 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3) and
    CHEM 625 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (2)
Electives 12 hours minimum

A minimum of 12 hours is required at the 300-level and above, with at least one course with the EVRN prefix.

Choice of electives must be made in consultation with a faculty adviser, and an elective approval form must be signed and submitted to the College before graduation. Lists of faculty advisers are available from the program office and the Environmental Studies website.

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