Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, provides professional preparation, community outreach and an appreciation of the humanities, arts and sciences in a culturally diverse academic community. This is accomplished with a curriculum that provides a focused core component along with a general education foundation that promotes personal development. The four-year Environmental Studies program is enhanced through the addition of advanced courses in environmental health and river studies. Existing courses offered by the Health and Natural Sciences, and General Education Departments, are utilized to broaden critical thinking.

Program Outcomes 

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate human activities and their impact on global environmental systems;
  2. Understand interdisciplinary approaches to environmental protection;
  3. Apply assessment and mitigation methods that are protective of environmental health and natural resources;
  4. Understand the relationship between human activities, water availability, and river system sustainability;
  5. Implement and understand the development and implementation of natural resource protection and public policy;
  6. Apply experimental design and analytical methods to scientific research;
  7. Apply practical and professional skills related to environmental protection and health safety;
  8. Apply written and oral skills required for effective scientific research and community engagement; and
  9. Apply information technology and its practical application in the assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all general Bachelor graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must complete all Environmental Science major core requirements with a minimum cumulative grade point average (C.G.P.A.) of 2.0.

Curriculum

Bachelor in Environmental Studies

General Education Requirements - 40 Credits

ENG 101English Composition

3

ENG 1XXEnglish Elective

3

ENG 2XXEnglish Elective

3

CAP 110*Computer Applications

3

MATH 130Mathematics for Science and Technology

3

BIO 121General Biology

4

PSY 112Introduction to Psychology

3

STAT 167Principles of Statistics

3

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3

Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, ASL, HUM)

3

General Education Electives**

9

*Students have the option to test out of CAP 110 and take a General Education elective instead.  The test must be completed prior to the first attempt.  See CAP 005 policy.

**Elective credits may be chosen from any general education course, unless directed by the program.  General Education courses contain the following prefixes:  ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, IDA, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, SOC, and PSC.

Environmental Studies Major Core Requirements - 43 Credits

Freshman Year

CHEM 110General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 111General Chemistry II

4

ENV 103Introduction to Environmental Science

4

ENV 110Environmental Ethics

3

Sophomore Year

ENV 120Environmental Law and Regulations

3

ENV 155Environmental Physics

3

ENV 168Introduction to Geography

3

ENV 220Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

3

Junior Year

ENV 255Environmental Monitoring

4

ENV 299Environmental Studies Internship

3

ENV 310Environmental Public Policy, Theory and Practices

3

Senior Year

ENV 460Capstone: Environmental Studies

3

PSY 420/PSS 390Research Methods

3

Environmental Studies Electives - 37 Credits

ENV 1XXElective

3

ENV 3XXElectives

9

OPEN Electives

25

Environmental Health Concentration - 18 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 234Site and Risk Assessment

3

ENV 250Environmental Contaminants and Sanitation

3

ENV 330Principles of Environmental Health

3

Senior Year

ENV 320Environmental and Industry Toxicology

3

ENV 420Environmental Health Planning

3

HSC 410Epidemiology

3

River Studies Concentration - 20 Credits

Junior Year

ENV 130Explorations in Riverine Ecology

4

ENV 230Aquatic Ecology

4

ENV 232Principles in Floodplain Ecology

3

Senior Year

ENV 225Geology and River Geomorphology

3

ENV 325Land Use and Watershed Management

3

ENV 430Current Issues in River Conservation

3

Total Credit Hours: 120-122