Each of the students in our environmental science major conducts independent laboratory or field research leading to a final report (senior thesis).

Environmental Science Major Requirements

Required Environmental Science Courses

(17 courses)

  • BIOL 120 General Biology 1 
  • BIOL 121 General Biology 2 
  • BIOL 228 Ecology 
  • BIOL 338 Limnology 
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry 1 
  • CHEM 107 General Chemistry 2 
  • CHEM 216 Organic Chemistry or CHEM 220 Organic Chemistry 1 
  • ENVS 300 Environmental Science 
  • ENVS 310 Environmental Chemistry 
  • GEOL 105 Geology or GEOL 107 Environmental Geology 
  • GEOL 225 Hydrogeology 
  • MATH 124 Survey of Calculus or MATH 131 Calculus and Analytical Geometry 
  • SSCI 224 Basic Statistics or BUAD 284 Statistics for Business and Economics Electives

(four courses with one from the following list)

  • BIOL 201 Botany 
  • BIOL 350 Microbiology 
  • BIOL 355 Invertebrate Biology 
  • BIOL 380 Plant Ecology 
  • BIOL 390 Ichthyology 
  • BIOL 489 Special Topics

The remaining three electives must be courses numbered 200 or above and are upon approval of the environmental science discipline. Students typically select additional coursework in the biological, physical and earth sciences. Students may also select a research option upon approval of a faculty member in the discipline (ENVS 428, BIOL 428, GEOL 428).