The environmental studies major is designed so that a student specializes in one of the following areas of emphasis or options: analytic, earth sciences, geography and planning, or life science. Each option is designed for the student to develop enough depth in that discipline to continue on to graduate school in that discipline. The courses required in each option, however, are also chosen with the intent that a student with a Bachelor’s degree is competitive in the environmental job market. A B.S. degree and a minor are offered.
The analytic option is designed to produce chemists who are particularly interested in the chemical pollutants that are being released into the air, earth and water environments of our planet. They may find jobs with local and state health departments, state and national environmental protection agencies, local testing laboratories, as well as in the private chemical-producing industries. Typically graduates work as laboratory and field technicians who sample and analyze chemical pollutants.
Adviser: Dr. Frederic Laquer.
Earth Sciences Option
The earth sciences option is designed to prepare students for a career in environmental geology. Today many environmental problems are associated with the earth and our use of it. Thus, contamination of surface and underground waters, pollution of the soil and construction of dams and other large structures all require earth science environmental specialists to either help alleviate the problem created by misuse, or avoid environmental problems during project development. Many public and private agencies, including engineering and construction firms, have jobs for people trained in this area.
Advisers: Dr. Harmon Maher or Dr. Bob Shuster.
Geography and Planning Option
The geography and planning option is primarily designed to produce local and regional planning specialists who have a good understanding of environmental problems. Anytime humans change the nature of the landscape by constructing new housing developments, highways, shopping centers, etc. a potentially negative environmental impact to the natural landscape exists. Today planners who are environmentally sensitive are in great demand to help avoid the common confrontations that arise between developers and those groups that are affected by the project.
Adviser: Dr. Jeff Peake.
Life Science Option
The life science option is designed to prepare a student for jobs in environmental biology and related fields. These include working as pollution monitoring technicians for various public agencies such as county and state health departments, as well as state and national environmental protection agencies; students may also find themselves attracted to jobs with local, regional and national nature conservation agencies, both public and private. These jobs may involve monitoring endangered species, evaluating habitat, making inventories of wildlife, or interpreting nature as a ranger in a public or private environmental education center.
Adviser: Dr. John McCarty.
All environmental studies majors complete a core of courses which provide breadth and a fundamental understanding of the legal and regulatory framework that guides environmental sciences. Within each option, students complete in-depth course work in their discipline, as well as supporting courses in related disciplines. In addition to the courses listed here, students are encouraged to select courses in environmental ethics (PHIL 3180), environmental sociology (SOC 3850), and economics (ECON 2200) as part of their university and college general education requirements. Note that some required course areas may be fulfilled by several options as approved by an environmental studies advisor. Students who are unsure about which option to choose should contact the Director of the Environmental Studies Program or one of the advisers listed above.
Environmental Studies - Option Curricula
The Environmental Studies - Analytic Option requires: ENVN-2010, ENVN-4610, ENVN-4800, and ENVN-4820; approved courses in statistics and in GIS or geospatial science; BIOL-1330 and BIOL-2440; GEOL-1010; GEOG-1030 or GEOG-1060 or GEOG-1070; CHEM-1180 and CHEM-1184, CHEM-1190 and CHEM-1194, CHEM-2210 and CHEM-2214 or CHEM-2250/CHEM-2260 and CHEM-2274, plus CHEM-2400, CHEM-2404, CHEM-2500, CHEM-3350, CHEM-3354, CHEM-3414, CHEM-3650, CHEM-3654 and CHEM-3030. Also required are; MATH-1950 and MATH-1960, PHYS-2110, PHYS-2120, PHYS-1154, and PHYS-1164; and NSCI-3940. GEOG-4010 and an additional course in geology (GEOL-1170, GEOL-2600, or GEOL-4540) or physical geography (GEOG-2620, GEOG-3510, or GEOG-4630) are strongly recommended.
The Environmental Studies - Earth Science Option requires: ENVN-2010, ENVN-4610, ENVN-4800, and ENVN-4820; approved courses in statistics and in GIS or geospatial science; BIOL-1330; CHEM-1010 or CHEM-3030, plus one of the following chemistry sequences: CHEM-1140 and CHEM-1144, CHEM-2210 and CHEM-2214, CHEM-3650 and CHEM-3654 or CHEM-1180 and CHEM-1184, CHEM-1190 and CHEM-1194, CHEM-2210 and CHEM-2214. Also required are PHYS-1050 and PHYS-1054, or PHYS-1110 and PHYS-1154, or PHYS-2110 and PHYS-1154, and ENGL-3980 or ENGR-3000. Required courses in earth sciences are: GEOL-1170 and GEOL-4260 and an additional 27 hours chosen from the following courses: GEOL-1180, GEOL-2300, GEOL-2500, GEOL-2600, GEOL-2750 and GEOL-2754, GEOL-2760 and GEOL-2764, GEOL-3300, GEOL-3310, GEOL-3400, GEOL-4400, GEOL-4540, and GEOG-3510, GEOG-4010, GEOG-4100, GEOG-4320, GEOG-4330, or GEOG-4630 (or other courses as approved by an adviser).
The Environmental Studies - Geography and Planning Option requires: ENVN-2010
, and ENVN-4820
plus two additional approved courses in biology (BIOL-1020
; an approved course in statistics and two approved courses in computer science. Courses required within the discipline include: GEOG-1020
and an additional approved course in human geography; two approved courses in physical geography (GEOG-3440
, and two additional approved courses in geospatial sciences (GEOG-4020
). In addition, majors are advised to take additional course work in chemistry (CHEM-1140
The Environmental Studies - Life Science Option requires: ENVN-2010, ENVN-4610, ENVN-4800, and ENVN-4820; GEOL-1010; GEOG-1030 or GEOG-1060 or GEOG-1070; approved courses in statistics and in GIS or geospatial science; CHEM-1010 or CHEM-3030, plus one of the following chemistry sequences; CHEM-1140 and CHEM-1144, CHEM-2210 and CHEM-2214, CHEM-3650 and CHEM-3654; or CHEM 1180 and CHEM-1184, CHEM-1190 and CHEM-1194, CHEM-2210 and CHEM-2214, CHEM-3650 and CHEM-3654; or CHEM 1180 and CHEM-1184, CHEM-1190 CHEM-1194, CHEM-2250, CHEM-2260 and CHEM-2274: one of the following physics sequences; PHYS-1050 and PHYS-1054, or PHYS-1110 and PHYS-1154, and PHYS-1120 and PHYS-1164. Required within the life sciences are: BIOL-1450, BIOL-1750, BIOL-2140, BIOL-2440 or BIOL-3020, BIOL-3340, BIOL-3530, BIOL-4120, plus two additional upper division courses in biology. Students fulfill the college requirement for writing in the discipline by completing the Department of Biology’s writing intensive courses as described under the Biology BS degree or by completing a college-approved third writing course.
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