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Undergraduate Studies Catalog (1999-2001)


Environmental Science

Contact the secretary at:
103 Lennon Hall
(716) 395-2193

Environmental problems are among the most urgent issues facing our civilization. In order to manage Earth's environment effectively, we must understand the processes that shape the Earth's surface, control the chemistry of our air and water, and produce the resources on which we depend. Four concentrations are offered within the Environmental Science major: Aquatic Ecology/Biology, Terrestrial Ecology/Biology, Environmental Chemistry, and Earth Sciences. For non-majors, a minor in Environmental Studies is also offered through the Department of Biological Sciences. Upon declaring a major in Environmental Sciences, with the secretary in Room 103 Lennon Hall, a faculty advisor will be assigned.

Major Requirements

The Environmental Science Major requires a minimum of 58-59 semester hours of credit balanced between the specific courses of the core curriculum (38 hours) and the selected courses of the area of concentration (20-21 hours).

Core Courses (Required Courses) Credits
General Biology I & II (BIO 201 & 202), 8
Ecology (BIO 303) 4
College Chemistry I & II (CHM 205 & 206), 8
Analytical Chemistry I (CHM 303) 4
Our Earth (GEL 101), Weather (ESC 211) 8
Calculus I (MTH 201) 3
Environmental Law or Regulations (TBA) 3
Total Required 38

Concentrations (Required or elective courses) Credits Corequisite
Aquatic Ecology/Biology 20 4
Terrestrial Ecology/Biology 20 4
Earth Science 20 0
Environmental Chemistry 21 14
Electives 20-21 0-14
Total 58-59 0-14

Concentration in Aquatic Ecology.

Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 319 Biol. Oceanography 3 BIO 42 Population Biology 3
BIO 419 Limnology* 3 BIO 423 Pollution Biology 3
BIO 421 Limnology Laboratory* 2 BIO 436 Water Quality Analysis 4
BIO 484 Fish Ecology 3 BIO 437 Biological Investigation 3
BIO 490 Fishery Techniques 2 and Data Interpretation

*Required Course
EOY = Every other year

BIO 457 Marine Biology-Bahamas 3 BIO 439 Conservation Biology 3
ESC 412 Hydrology 3 BIO 483 Aquatic Invertebrates(EOY) 4
GEL 462 Groundwater 3
BIO 424 Experimental Research 1-3

Corequisite Course Summer
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I 4 BIO 488 Env. Impact Analysis 6

Concentration in Terrestrial Ecology.

Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
BIO 400 Plant Taxonomy 4 BIO 439 Conservation Biology 3
BIO 427 Animal Behavior 4 BIO 422 Population Biology 3
BIO 459 Mammalogy 4 BIO 423 Pollution Biology 3
ESC 455 Soil Science 3 BIO 437 Biological Investigation 4 and Data Interpretation
BIO 440 Herpetology (EOY) 4
BIO 430 Ornithology (EOY) 4
BIO 424 Experimental Research 1-3
ESC 413 Env. Climatology 3

Corequisite Course Summer
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I 4 BIO 488 Env. Impact Analysis 6
BIO 477 Field Biology 4

Concentration in Environmental Chemistry.
(21 credits-all courses are required).

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I 4 CHM 306 Organic Chemistry II 4
CHM 400 Chemistry Seminar 0 CHM 401 Chemistry Seminar 1
CHM 301 Chemical Safety 1 CHM 4XX Environmental 3
Chemistry*
CHM 405 Physical Chemistry I 3 CHM 406 Physical Chemistry II 3
CHM 408 Physical Chemistry 1 CHM 409 Physical Chemistry 1
Laboratory I Laboratory II

Corequisite Courses (14 credits)
MTH 202 Calculus II 3 MTH 203 Calculus III 3
PHS 201 College Physics I 4 PHS 202 College Physics II 4

Concentration in Earth Sciences.
Electives (20 credits) are chosen with an advisor.

Fall Semester Credits Spring Semester Credits
ESC 311 Synoptic Meteorology 4 ESC 350 Computational Methods* 3
ESC 364 Water Resource Issues 3 ESC 413 Environmental Climatology 3
ESC 411 Hydrology Laboratory 1 ESC 414 Climate Laboratory 1
ESC 412 Hydrology 3 ESC 418 Watershed Management 3
ESC 430 Geographical Information 3 GEL 415 Geomorphology 3
Systems ESC 420 Atmospheric Sensing 3 Methods
ESC 455 Soil Sciences 3 ESC 421 Air Pollution 3
ESC 464 Environmental Internship 1-3 GEL 462 Groundwater 3
ESC 499 Independent Study 1-3 GEL 463 Environmental Geology 3

Summer
ESC 427 Hazardous Waste

*Required Course



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