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Environmental Science

The environmental science major is for those students interested in a scientific perspective on current and future environmental issues. Students in the environmental science major will receive a rich education that can take them in many career directions: graduate studies, conservation biology, environmental scientific research, science and nature education, toxicology, environmental policy analysis from a scientific perspective, environmental consulting, and other careers in the areas of biological and life sciences. The major is grounded in the basics of life, physical sciences, and mathematics, and the curriculum provides opportunity for original research in environmental science. The major is strongly supported by the Glen Helen Ecology Institute through the College’s 1,000-acre nature preserve, where students study and conduct research.

Many environmental science graduate programs have their own specific requirements, including, but not limited to, microeconomics, organic chemistry, geology, and more advanced mathematics and physics. Students are strongly advised to speak with their faculty advisors during their first year to plan their educational trajectory appropriately.

Beyond the General Education, Language and Culture, Cooperative Education, and Electives requirements, environmental science majors must complete the following:

Total number of credits toward the major: 60

Requirements for the Major

Core Requirements in the Major
BIO 105A General Biology I*
BIO 160 General Biology II
BIO 205 Genetics
CHEM 105A General Chemistry I*
CHEM 160 General Chemistry II
ENVS 105A Introduction to Environmental Science
MATH 115A,B Calculus I
MATH 330 Statistics
PHYS 160A Physics I
PHYS 260 Physics II
ENVS 305 Ecology
SCI 494 Senior Seminar in the Sciences
SCI 495 Senior Project in the Sciences

* Foundation Courses: Credits earned in foundation courses count toward the general education requirement.
A May potentially be met by AP, etc. credit
B A minimum mathematical level of Calculus I is required. Students must take as many math courses as necessary to reach this level.

Additional Requirements

Introductory and Intermediate Courses: Choose 3
BIO 210 Botany
BIO 215 Cell and Molecular Biology
CHEM 205 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 220 Environmental Chemistry
ENVS 220 Aquatic Biology
MATH 160 Calculus II
Advanced Courses: Choose 3
BIO 340 Evolutionary Biology
CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 340 Biochemistry
ENVS 310 Soil Science
ENVS 315 Hydrology
ENVS 330 Conservation Biology
ENVS 335 Field Plant Ecology
ENVS 339 Ecological Agriculture