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

Environmental Science Course Offerings

ENVS 300 Environmental Science – GS11 C-PN
Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field of study which relies on the principles of biology, chemistry and geology as well as the social sciences to explain complex natural systems. ENVS 300 is a survey course in this field and discusses how natural systems function with an emphasis on how these systems have been affected by human activity. Recent advances in scientific research indicate that in addition to the well-known local and regional effects of human activity on the environment, humans are changing the world we live in on a global scale. The possible ramifications of the environmental issues discussed in this course make the material both relevant and controversial. An attempt is made to present information in an objective, scientific manner, allowing students to reach their own conclusions regarding the proper response to environmental threats and to develop a personal environmental ethic.

Environmental science majors may not take ENVS 300 as their GS11 requirement for students under the general education program. Students may not take both ENVS 300 and SSCI 301 for credit.

ENVS 310 / CHEM 302 Environmental Chemistry
This course uses the principles of chemistry to understand natural systems and assess human impact on these systems. Lecture topics include atmospheric chemistry, the chemistry of natural aqueous systems, data collection and interpretation, and the chemistry of pollutants such as anthropogenic organic compounds and heavy metals. The laboratory aspect of the course will focus on analytical techniques commonly used in environmental analysis such as high performance liquid chromatography, gas chromatography, inductively coupled plasma and numerous wet chemical techniques. Prerequisite: CHEM 107.

ENVS 428 Environmental Science Research
In consultation with the instructor, students design and execute a research project or study in the area of environmental science or environmental chemistry. This course is generally taken by environmental science majors in their senior year.