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About Our Courses

The degree program is based on courses offered by the departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography, Geology and Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering.

Acceptance Criteria

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Admission to the program is contingent on completion of the prerequisites with a minimum 2.33 GPA (C+ or better).

Prerequisites

GLY 101GLY 102GLY105 or GEO 101GEO 106GEO105
BIO 200 or equivalent

Required Courses

Please note this course curriculum information is also available in PDF format.

Core Science Courses
BIO 200
CHE 101CHE 102 or CHE 105CHE 106 or CHE 107CHE 108
GLY 101GLY102GLY105 or GEO 101GEO106GEO105
PHY 101PHY 102 or PHY 107PHY 108

Core Math Courses
MTH 121MTH 122 or MTH 141MTH 142

Core Environmental Courses
CIE 340 Environmental Engineering
GEO 211 Univariate Statistics in Geography
GEO 481 GIS
GLY 309 Ecology
GLY 462 Environmental Geochemistry
PHI 234 Environmental Ethics

Senior Capstone Course
GEO 470 Integrated Environmental Management

Elective Requirements

  • 6 courses from the list of electives; 3 must be at the 400-level and no more that 3 per department.
  • 1 elective must focus on field methods and data collection – denoted with # below
  • Independent Study or Honors can be counted toward specialization with approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, but no more than 3 credits of Independent Study or Honors may be used for elective requirements.

Summary

Total required credit hours for the major: 77

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Electives and Course Groupings

Specialization Tracks

Ecology and the Environment
GLY 310 Ecological Methods#
GLY 409 Advanced Ecology
GLY 411 Marine Ecology
GLY 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology#

GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
CIE 441 Ecological Engineering

Water and the Environment

GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology

Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHE 413CHE 414 Instrument Analysis and Lab
CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollution
GLY 310 Ecological Methods#
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GLY 465 Environmental Remote Sensing
GEO 350 Field and Laboratory Techniques#

Environmental Science Electives

(list is not exhaustive and one can petition to include other electives)

BIO 318 Plant Biology
BIO 337 Pattern & Process
BIO 338 Evolutionary Ecology
BIO 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching
BIO 497 Dept. Honors thesis/project
BIO 498 Undergraduate Research
BIO 499 Independent Study

CHE 349 Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences
CHE 413/414 Instrument Analysis and Lab
CHE 470 Analytical Chemistry of Pollution

CIE 341 Environmental Engineering Science
CIE 441 Ecological Engineering
CIE 447 Sustainability
CIE 448 Chemical Principles In Environmental Engineering
CIE 461 Air Pollution
CIE 469 Hazardous Waste Management

GEO 345 Water Resources
GEO 347 Climatic Geomorphology
GEO 350 Field and Laboratory Techniques#
GEO 352 Introduction to Soils
GEO 356 Forest Ecology
GEO 435 Conservation Biogeography
GEO 444 Advanced Earth System Science
GEO 445 Restoration Ecology
GEO 448 Stream Restoration
GEO 449 Fluvial Geomorphology
GEO 475 Landscape Modeling with GIS
GEO 479 GIS for Environ Modeling (with lab)
GEO 483 Remote Sensing
GEO 496 Environmental Internship
GEO 498 Undergraduate Research
GEO 499 Independent Study

GLY 310 Ecological Methods #
GLY 312 Surface Processes and Hydrology I
GLY 409 Advanced Ecology
GLY 411 Marine Ecology
GLY 412 Field Course in Tropical Marine Ecology#
GLY 414 Hydrogeology
GLY 419 Environmental Geophysics
GLY 429 Analysis of Geological Data
GLY 453 Quaternary Dating and Paleoclimate
GLY 458 Macroevolution
GLY 465 Environmental and Geological Remote Sensing
GLY 498 Undergraduate Research
GLY 499 Independent Study

SSC 326 Great Lakes Ecology
SSC 360 Environmental Impact Statement
SSC 441 Wildlife and Wildlands Management
SSC 493 Ecology of Unique Environments
SSC 496 Environmental Internship