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A minimum of 66 credits is required for the major.  These are divided in 38 core credit requirements and a minimum of 28-35 credits in one of the six areas of concentration: Aquatic Ecology/Biology, Terrestrial Ecology/Biology, Combined Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology/Biology, Wetland Ecology, Earth Sciences, and Environmental Chemical Analysis.

Required Courses in the Freshman Year

First Semester (Fall)     Second Semester (Spring)
  • ENV 202 Environmental Science
  • CHM 205 College Chemistry I
  • GEP 100 Academic Planning Seminar
  • ENG 112 College Composition
  • General Education
  • ENV 204 Biology of Organisms
  • CHM 206 College Chemistry II
  • General Education
  • General Education


Required Courses in the Sophomore Year

First Semester (Fall) Second Semester (Spring)
  •  ENV 303 Ecology
  • CHM 305 Organic Chemistry I (or Physics 205 or 235 for the Earth Sciences Track)
  • General Education
  • CHM 313 Environmental Chemical Analysis
  • ENV track elective
  • ENV track elective
  • General Education


Recommended Courses for Junior and Senior Year

Selections for the six concentrations are listed on the department Web page and in the College Catalog.

Further Recommendations

Because of the large number of required credits and prerequisite courses, it is important for students to follow the freshman and sophomore suggested course sequences. Students need to be aware of the sequential nature of many prerequisite courses and courses in environmental science. Particularly in the junior and senior years, care must be taken in planning the student’s program because many courses are offered only once every two years.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are welcome. At least 18 credits of 300/400-level environmental science courses must be completed at Brockport regardless of the number of credits transferred.

Last Updated 2/19/21