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Environmental Science bachelor of science degree

Andre Hudson, School Head
585-475-4259, aohsbi@rit.edu

Alisha Balkum, Academic Adviser
585-475-7474, aabsse@rit.edu

Program overview

Environmental scientists solve problems relating to power generation, waste reduction and recycling, pollution control, land use and land cover change, preserving biodiversity and ecological services, transportation, forestry, agriculture, economics, and a wide range of other areas. They study our relationship to nature and to each other, developing solutions that prevent or reverse environmental deterioration and work toward sustainability. Meeting these challenges requires problem-solving abilities based in science, mathematics, the social sciences, and other disciplines. The BS program provides students with the education and experiences they need to be successful.

Plan of study

The practice of environmental science demands that students be well-rounded specialists. To accomplish this, each student is required to complete a concentration in one of the following areas: cellular and molecular biology, chemistry, ecology and field biology, economics, mathematics, organismal biology and evolution, public policy, remote sensing and digital image processing, or statistics. Students also may develop a self-designed concentration in an area of personal interest, subject to approval from an environmental science review committee.

Cooperative education

Cooperative education is optional for environmental science majors, however, it offers students a great way to get a head start on their career with paid, professional work experience. Students can participate in cooperative education as soon as the summer after their second year of study. Co-op placements are typically with local, state, or federal government agencies, nonprofit environmental organizations, and a host of environmental consulting firms.

Curriculum

Environmental science, BS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENVS-101 Concepts of Environmental Science 3
ENVS-111 Soil Science 4
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
ENVS-201 Environmental Workshop 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus 4
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
STS0-220 Environment and Society 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy  
   PUBL-210    Introduction to Qualitative Policy Analysis  
ENVS-250 Applications of Geographic Information Systems 4
BIOL-240 General Ecology 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I  3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills 4
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II  3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
Third Year
STSO-422 Great Lakes 3
ENVS-450 Hydrologic Applications of GIS 4
BIOL-475 Conservation Biology 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I 3
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
  Concentration Courses 6
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
ENVS-551 Environmental Science Capstone I 3
ENVS-552 Environmental Science Capstone II (WI) 3
IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 3
  Concentration Courses 8
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Concentrations

Cellular and molecular biology
Course
BIOL-201 Cellular and Molecular Biology
BIOL-204 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL-265 Evolutionary Biology
BIOL-303 Cell Physiology
BIOL-305 Plants, Medicine and Technology
BIOL-307 Microbiology of Wastewater
BIOL-310 Bio-energy: Microbial Production
BIOL-321 Genetics
BIOL-322 Developmental Biology
BIOL-345 Molecular Ecology
BIOL-365 Population Genetics
BIOL-370 Environmental Microbiology
BIOL-380 Bioremediation
BIOL-403 Findamentals of Plant Biochemistry and Pathology
Chemistry
Course
CHEM-531 Climate Change
CHMA-261 Instrumental Analysis
CHMA-265 Separations
CHMA-711 Advanced Instrument Analysis
CHMI-351 Inorganic Chemistry I
CHMO-232 Organic Chemistry II
CHMO-236 Organic Chemistry II Lab
CHMP-441 Physical Chemistry I
ENVS-670 Advanced Concepts of Environmental Chemistry
Ecology and field biology
Course
BIOL-205 Animal Behavior
BIOL-207 Galapagos: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL-218 Biology of Plants
BIOL-211 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL-212 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL-265 Evolutionary Biology
BIOL-290 Vertebrate Evolution
BIOL-293 Evolution and Creation
BIOL-309 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL-313 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL-343 Tropical Ecology
BIOL-371 Freshwater Ecology
BIOL-385 Seneca Park Zoo Internship
BIOL-414 Animal Nutrition
BIOL-444 Ornithology
BIOL-473 Marine Biology
BIOL-455 Biogeography
ENVS-311 Wetlands
ENVS-531 Climate Change
Economics
Course
ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON-401 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON-403 Econometrics I
ECON-406 Global Economic Issues
ECON-421 Natural Science Economics
ECON-422 Benefit-Cost Analysis
ECON-440 Urban Economics
ECON-444 Public Finance
ECON-520 Environmental Economics
Mathematics
Course
MATH-221 Multivariable and Vector Calculus
MATH-231 Differential Equations
MATH-241 Linear Algebra
MATH-326 Boundary Value Problems
MATH-341 Advanced Linear Algebra
MATH-351 Graph Theory
MATH-381 Complex Variables
Organismal biology and evolution
Course
BIOL-204 Introduction to Microbiology
BIOL-207 Galapagos: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL-211 Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL-212 Vertebrate Zoology
BIOL-218 Biology of Plants
BIOL-265 Evolutionary Biology
BIOL-290 Vertebrate Evolution
BIOL-293 Evolution and Creation
BIOL-303 Cell Physiology
BIOL-309 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
BIOL-313 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL-322 Developmental Biology
BIOL-414 Animal Nutrition
BIOL-444 Ornithology
BIOL-473 Marine Biology
BIOL-673 Advanced Marine Biology
ENVS-311 Wetlands
Public policy
Course
PUBL-210 Introduction to Qualitative Policy Analysis
PUBL-301 Public Policy Analysis
PUBL-302 Decision Analysis
PUBL-531 Climate Change
STSO-201 Science and Technology Policy
STSO-330 Energy and the Environment
STSO-421 Environmental Policy
STSO-621 Biodiversity and Society
Remote sensing and digital image processing
Course
IMGS-251 Radiometry
IMGS-261 Linear and Fourier Methods for Imaging
IMGS-361 Digital Image Processing I
IMGS-362 Digital Image Processing II
IMGS-462 Multivariate Statistical Image Processing
IMGS-532 Advanced Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing
Statistics
Course
MATH-655 Biostatistics
STAT-305 Regression Analysis
STAT-315 Statistical Quality Control
STAT-325 Design of Experiments
STAT-335 Introduction to Time Series
STAT-415 Statistical Sampling
STAT-425 Multivariate Analysis
STAT-345 Nonparametric Statistics

Accelerated dual degree options

Accelerated dual degree options are for undergraduate students with outstanding academic records. Upon acceptance, well-qualified undergraduate students can begin graduate study before completing their BS degree, shortening the time it takes to earn both degrees. Students should consult an academic adviser for more information. 

Environmental science, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENVS-101 Concepts of Environmental Science 3
ENVS-111 Soil Science 4
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
ENVS-201 Environmental Workshop 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus 4
ACSC-010 Year One 0
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
STSO-220 Environment and Society 3
ENVS-250 Applications of Geographic Information Systems 4
BIOL-240 General Ecology 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5 (natural science inquiry): General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
Choose one of the following: 3
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy  
   PUBL-210    Qualitative Methods and Analysis  
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills 4
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (Global) 3
Third Year
BIOL-675 Advanced Conservation Biology 3
STSO-422 Great Lakes 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I 3
ENVS-650 Hydrologic Applications of GIS 4
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I  3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  Environmental Science Concentration Courses§ 6
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
ENVS-551 Environmental Science Capstone I 3
ENVS-601 Environmental Science Graduate Studies 3
ENVS-552 Environmental Science Capstone II (WI) 3
IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 3
  Environmental Science Concentration Courses§ 8
  Open Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
Fifth Year
ENVS-670 Advanced Concepts of Environmental Chemistry 3
  Graduate Science, Technology, and Society Core Elective 3
  Graduate Public Policy Core Elective 3
  Graduate Science Core Elective 3
  Graduate Electives 6
Choose one of the following: 6
   ENVS-790    Environmental Science Thesis  
   ENVS-780    Environmental Science Project  
Total Semester Credit Hours 152

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

§ Please see adviser for course choices.

Environmental science, BS degree/Science, technology and public policy, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENVS-101 Concepts of Environmental Science 3
ENVS-111 Soil Science 4
BIOL-121 Introduction to Biology I 4
BIOL-122 Introduction to Biology II 4
ACSC-010 Year One 0
ENVS-201 Environmental Workshop 3
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A (mathematical): Applied Calculus 4
  First Year LAS Elective 3
  First Year Writing (WI) 3
  LAS Perspective 1 (ethical) 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
STSO-220 Environment and Society 3
ENVS-250 Applications of Geographic Information Systems 4
BIOL-240  General Ecology (WI) 4
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
Choose one of the following: 3
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy  
   PUBL-210    Qualitative Methods and Analysis  
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills 4
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6 (scientific principles): General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 2 (artistic) 3
  LAS Perspective 3 (global) 3
Third Year
STSO-422 Great Lakes 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B (mathematical): Introduction to Statistics I 3
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I  3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
ENVS-450 Hydro Apps GIS 4
PUBL-702 Graduate Decision Analysis 3
BIOL-475 Conservation Biology 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   PUBL-702    Graduate Decision Analysis  
     Environmental Science Concentration Course  
  LAS Perspective 4 (social) 3
  LAS Immersion 1, 2 6
Fourth Year
ENVS-551 Environmental Science Capstone I 3
ENVS-552 Environmental Science Capstone II 3
IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 3
PUBL-700 Readings In Public Policy 3
PUBL-703 Program Evaluation and Research Design 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   PUBL-701    Graduate Policy Analysis  
     Environmental Science Concentration Course  
  Environmental Science Concentration Course 4
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
  Open Elective 3
Fifth Year
STSO-710 Graduate Science Technology Policy Seminar 3
  Public Policy Electives 9
  Open Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 6
   PUBL-790    Public Policy Thesis  
       Graduate Electives, Comprehensive Exam  
Total Semester Credit Hours 155

Please see General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information. Students completing bachelor's degrees are required to complete two different Wellness courses.

Admission requirements

Freshman Admission

For all bachelor’s degree programs, a strong performance in a college preparatory program is expected. Generally, this includes 4 years of English, 3-4 years of mathematics, 2-3 years of science, and 3 years of social studies and/or history.

Specific math and science requirements and other recommendations

  • 3 years of math required; pre-calculus recommended
  • Biology and chemistry required

SAT (EBRW+M)
1240 -1420

ACT Composite
27-33

Transfer Admission

Transfer course recommendations without associate degree

Courses in liberal arts, sciences, and math

Appropriate associate degree programs for transfer

AS degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, liberal arts with science option

Additional information

Employment opportunities

There is a great need for individuals who have both a strong background in environmental science and the ability to participate in an interdisciplinary problem-solving team. Upon graduation, students will be valued for their broad understanding of environmental science, their depth of knowledge in a particular aspect of environmental science, and their ability to attack and solve tough environmental problems.




Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters.
View this program's information from the retired quarter calendar

Quarter Curriculum - For Reference Only

Effective fall 2013, RIT converted its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. The following content has been made available as reference only. Currently matriculated students who began their academic programs in quarters should consult their academic adviser for guidance and course selection.
 

Program overview

Environmental scientists solve problems relating to power generation, waste reduction and recycling, pollution control, land use and land cover change, preserving biodiversity and ecological services, transportation, forestry, agriculture, economics, and a wide range of other areas. They study our relationship to nature and to each other, developing solutions that prevent or reverse environmental deterioration and work toward sustainability. Meeting these challenges requires problem-solving abilities based in science, mathematics, the social sciences, and other disciplines. The BS program provides students with the education and experiences they need to be successful.

Curriculum

The practice of environmental science demands that students be well-rounded specialists. To accomplish this, each student is required to complete a minimum of 20 quarter credit hours in an environmental science concentration. Available concentrations are digital imaging, environmental biology, environmental economics, environmental public policy, mathematics and statistics, and remote sensing. Students also may develop a self-designed concentration in an area of personal interest, subject to approval from an environmental science review committee.

Semester conversion
Effective fall 2013, RIT will convert its academic calendar from quarters to semesters. Each program and its associated courses have been sent to the New York State Department of Education for approval of the semester plan. For reference, the following charts illustrate the typical course sequence for this program in both quarters and semesters. Students should consult their academic advisers with questions regarding planning and course selection.

Environmental science, BS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1011-215, 216 General and Analytical Chemistry I, II 7
1011-205, 206 Chemistry Principles I, II Labs 2
Choose one of the following math sequences:  
   1016-214, 215    Elementary Calculus I, II** 6
   1016-281, 282, 283    Project-Based Calculus I, II, III 12
0508-460 Environment and Society 4
1006-202 Concepts in Environmental Science 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1006-203 Environmental Science Field Studies 4
1006-350 Applications of GIS 4
1011-202 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 3
1011-207 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 1
Choose one of the following physics sequences: 12
   1017-211, 212, 213    College Physics  
   1017-311, 312, 313    University Physics  
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II 10
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology and Lab 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third Year
1001-340 General Ecology 4
1001-475 Conservation Biology 4
1006-503 Capstone in Environmental Science 4
0508-463, 464 Great Lakes I, II 8
0630-380, 382 Introduction to Hydrology and Lab 4
  Environmental Science Concentration§ 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
  General Education Elective‡ 0-4
Fourth Year
1051-420 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 4
  Environmental Science Concentration§ 12
  University-wide Electives 20
  Liberal Arts* 8
Total Quarter Credit Hours 182-185

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

** Students selecting this sequence must complete an additional 3 credits in general education course work.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Number of general education elective credits will depend on choice of calculus courses.

§ See environmental science concentrations. It is highly recommended that students, in consultation with their faculty adviser, take additional environmental science electives during the fourth year.

Environmental science, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENVS-101 Concepts of Environmental Science 3
ESHS-200 Environmental Geology 3
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ENVS-201 Environmental Workshop 3
ESHS-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
STS0-220 Environment and Society 3
ENVS-250 Applications of Geographic Information Systems 4
BIOL-240 General Ecology 4
ESHS-201 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I 2
CHMG-141 Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I Lab 1
MATH-161 Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills 4
BIOL-475 Conservation Biology 3
ESHS-251 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement II 2
CHMG-142 Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II  3
CHMG-146 Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II Lab 1
Third Year
STSO-422 Great Lakes 3
STAT-145 Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  Concentration Courses 6
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
Choose one of the following: 3
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy  
   PUBL-210    Introduction to Qualitative Policy Analysis  
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
ENVS-551 Environmental Science Capstone I 3
  Concentration Courses 6
  Free Electives 6
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ENVS-552 Environmental Science Capstone II (WI) 3
IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 125

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Accelerated dual degree option

Students in the environmental science program may choose the accelerated five-year BS/MS option, which provides them with a considerable advantage over other environmental science graduates in the job market. The curriculum was developed in conjunction with an advisory board of environmental leaders to ensure that students’ education meets the current and future needs of the industry. In order to function as an environmental scientist, an individual must have an extensive background in mathematics, physical science, and life science. The BS/MS program is one of the strongest programs available with respect to mathematics and science.

Environmental science, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (quarters)

Course Qtr. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
1001-200 Freshman Symposium 1
1001-251, 252, 253 Introduction to Biology I, II, III 12
1011-215, 216 General and Analytic Chemistry I, II 7
1011-205, 206 Chemistry Principles Labs I, II 2
Choose one of the following math sequences:  
   1016-214, 215    Elementary Calculus I, II** 6
   1016-281, 282, 283    Project-Based Calculus I, II, III 12
0508-460 Environment and Society 4
1006-202 Concepts in Environmental Science 4
  Liberal Arts* 4
1105-051, 052 First-Year Enrichment 2
  Wellness Education† 0
Second Year
1006-203 Environmental Science Field Studies 4
1006-350 Applications of GIS 4
1011-202 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 3
1011-207 Introduction to Organic Chemistry Lab 1
Choose one of the following physics sequences: 12
   1017-211, 212, 213    College Physics  
   1017-311, 312, 313    University Physics  
1016-319, 320 Data Analysis I, II 10
0630-370, 372 Environmental Geology and Lab 4
  Liberal Arts* 12
Third Year
1001-340 General Ecology 4
1001-475 Conservation Biology 4
1006-503 Capstone in Environmental Science 4
0508-463, 464 Great Lakes I, II 8
0630-380, 382 Introduction to Hydrology and Lab 4
  Environmental Science Concentration§ 8
  Liberal Arts* 12
  General Education Elective‡ 0–4
Fourth Year
1006-711, 712, 713 Environmental Science Graduate Study I, II, III 5
1006-879 Environmental Science Graduate Research 3
1006-710 Graduate Readings Seminar 3
1015-720 Environmental Chemistry 3
1051-420 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 4
  Environmental Science Concentration§ 4
  University-wide Electives (undergraduate) 12
  Liberal Arts* 8
Fifth Year
1006-890/891 Thesis/Project 5-9
  Environmental Science Core Graduate Elective 4
  Environmental Public Policy Core Graduate Elective 4
  Environment and Society Core Graduate Elective 4
  Professional Electives 12-20
  Environmental Science Concentration§ 8
  University-wide Electives (undergraduate) 4
Total Quarter Credit Hours 233-236

* Please see Liberal Arts General Education Requirements for more information.

** Students selecting this sequence must complete an additional 3 credits in general education course work.

† Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

‡ Number of general education elective credits will depend on choice of calculus courses.

§ Please see environmental science concentrations.

Note: The articulation of the BS and the MS curriculum is accomplished by the inclusion of 11 quarter credit hours of graduate work in the fourth year of the curriculum.

Environmental science, BS/MS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
ENVS-101 Concepts of Environmental Science 3
EHSH-200 Environmental Geology 3
BIOL-121 Introductory Biology I 4
  LAS Perspective 1, 2 6
  LAS Foundation 1: First-Year Seminar 3
ENVS-201 Environmental Workshop 3
EHSH-250 Introduction to Hydrology 3
BIOL-122 Introductory Biology II 4
ENGL-150 LAS Foundation 2: Writing Seminar 3
  Wellness Education* 0
Second Year
STSO-220 Environment and Society 3
ENVS-250 Applications of Geographic Information Systems 4
BIOL-240 General Ecology 4
EHSH-201 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement I 2
CHMG-141 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry I 3
CHMG-145 LAS Perspective 5: General and Analytical Chemistry Lab 1
MATH-161 LAS Perspective 7A: Applied Calculus 4
ENVS-301 Environmental Science Field Skills 4
BIOL-475 Conservation Biology 3
ESHS-251 Environmental Monitoring and Measurement II 2
CHMG-142 LAS Perspective 6: General and Analytical Chemistry II 3
CHMG-146 LAS Perspective 6: Gneral and Analytical Chemsitry II Lab 1
Third Year
STSO-422 Great Lakes 3
STAT-145 LAS Perspective 7B: Introduction to Statistics I 3
  Concentration Courses 6
CHMO-231 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHMO-235 Organic Chemistry I Lab 1
  LAS Perspective 3, 4 6
Choose one of the following: 3
   STSO-421    Environmental Policy  
   PUBL-210    Qualitative Methods and Analysis  
STAT-146 Introduction to Statistics II 4
  LAS Immersion 1 3
Fourth Year
ENVS-551 Environmental Science Capstone I 3
  Concentration Courses 6
  Free Elective 3
  LAS Immersion 2, 3 6
ENVS-601 Environmental Science Graduate Studies 3
ENVS-552 Environmental Science Capstone II (WI) 3
IMGS-431 Environmental Applications of Remote Sensing 3
STSO-630 Biodiversity and Society 3
Fifth Year
  Free Elective 3
  Graduate Public Policy Core Elective 3
  Graduate Science Core Elective 3
  Graduate Elective 3
Choose one of the following: 3
   ENVS-790    Environmental Science Thesis  
   ENVS-780    Environmental Science Project 3
ENVS-670 Advanced Concepts of Environmental Chemistry 3
ENVS-650 Advanced Applications of GIS 4
ENVS-710 Environmental Science Graduate Research 2
Choose one of the following: 3
   ENVS-790    Environmental Science Thesis  
   ENVS-780    Environmental Science Project  
Total Semester Credit Hours 155

Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.

(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.

* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.

Additional information

Cooperative education

Although cooperative education is optional for environmental science majors, it offers students a great way to get a head start on their career with paid professional work experience. Students can participate in cooperative education as soon as the summer quarter of the second year. Co-op placements are typically with local, state, or federal government agencies, nonprofit environmental organizations, and a host of environmental consulting firms.

Employment opportunities

There is a great need for individuals who have both a strong background in environmental science and the ability to participate in an interdisciplinary problem-solving team. Upon graduation, students will be valued for their broad understanding of environmental science, their depth of knowledge in a particular aspect of environmental science, and their ability to attack and solve tough environmental problems.