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.
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|
|CHEM 105A||General Chemistry I*|
|CHEM 160||General Chemistry II|
|ENVS 105A||Introduction to Environmental Science|
|MATH 115A,B||Calculus I|
|PHYS 160A||Physics I|
|PHYS 260||Physics II|
|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.
|Introductory and Intermediate Courses: Choose 3|
|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|
|ENVS 310||Soil Science|
|ENVS 330||Conservation Biology|
|ENVS 335||Field Plant Ecology|
|ENVS 339||Ecological Agriculture|