Environmental Science and Biology Major

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Environmental problems are among the most urgent issues facing our civilization. In order to manage Earth's environment well, we must understand the processes that shape its surface; control the chemistry of its air, water and soil; and produce and maintain biological and other resources upon which humans depend. We must also understand interactions of animals, plants and other living organisms with their physical and chemical environments, or their ecology.

Through a curriculum with a common core in the disciplines of biology, ecology, chemistry and geology, and a focused track, environmental science majors develop the conceptual knowledge and technical skills necessary to address environmental problems.

Six tracks are offered in the environmental science major: aquatic ecology/biology, terrestrial ecology/biology, combined aquatic and terrestrial ecology/biology, wetland ecology, environmental chemical analysis, and earth science.

What can I do with an environmental science and biology major?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the environmental science and biology major pursue a Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete its requirements.

The major requires a minimum of 62-73 credits balanced between required courses in the core curriculum (38 credits) and required, elective, or co-requisite courses in the student's chosen track (24-35 credits).

Core Curriculum

  • ENV202
  • ENV204
  • ENV303
  • ENV452
  • ENV492
  • CHM205
  • CHM206
  • CHM313
  • GEL201
  • MTH201

Students in the environmental science and biology major pursue one of the following tracks:

Aquatic Ecology/Biology Track (24 credits)

  • ENV419
  • ENV421
* Note: Additional courses may be chosen from these groups as electives.

Terrestrial Ecology Track (24 credits)

Combined Aquatic and Terrestrial Ecology/Biology Track (35 credits)

  • ENV419
  • ENV421

Wetland Ecology Track (32 credits)

  • ENV400
  • ENV435
  • ENV446
  • ESC412
  • ESC455
  • CHM305

Environmental Chemical Analysis Track (29 credits)

  • CHM301
  • CHM305
  • CHM306
  • CHM457
  • ENV423
  • ENV462

Earth Science Track (24 credits)

  • 20 credits chosen by advisement:
    • ENV419
    • ENV421
    • ENV436
    • ENV497
    • ENV498
    • ENV499
    • ESC300
    • ESC313
    • ESC314
    • ESC325
    • ESC332
    • ESC350
    • ESC412
    • ESC418
    • ESC420
    • ESC431
    • ESC455
    • ESC457
    • ESC464
    • GEL415
    • GEL457
    • GEL462
  • Corequisites: choose ONE from:
    • PHS205
    • PHS235
    • CHM305

Total Number of Credits: 62-72


This page was revised after publication to remove Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) which became out of date.