Environmental Science Curriculum

Environmental Science Curriculum

Current students: See the Recommended Academic Plans for Environmental Field Studies and Environmental Lab Science for detailed course recommendations for each option and refer to the University Bulletin for course descriptions and more degree requirements. Or find other resources on the Current Students page.


Environmental Science Options

The Environmental Science major offers two options:  The Environmental Field Science option adds a concentration in field biology, geographic information systems, and environmental geoscience, while the Environmental Lab Science option emphasizes analytical chemistry and geochemistry. Further specialization is possible by adding a minor in a related area such as biology, chemistry, statistics, or sustainability leadership.

Typical Course Sequence

Below is a typical course sequence for the bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science program. Schedules will vary by student, depending on areas of interest and chosen option.

Semester 1 Credits   Semester 2 Credits
Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity 4 Biology: Populations and Community 4
Chemical Principles I 3 Chemical Principles II 3
Experimental Chemistry I 1 Experimental Chemistry II​ 1
Leadership in Sustainability 3 Calculus with Analytic Geometry I 4
Rhetoric and Composition 3 Humanities Course 3
First-Year Seminar 1 Total Credits 15
Total Credits 15    
Semester 3     Semester 4  
Statistics 3-4 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry 3
Calculus with Analytic Geometry II 4 Geographic Information Systems 3
Mapping Our Changing World 3 Introduction to Ethics 3
Applied Geographic Information Systems 1 Effective Speech 3
Introductory Geoscience Course 3 Elective 3
Health and Physical Activity 1.5 Total Credits 15
Total Credits 15.5-16.5    
Semester 5     Semester 6  
Environmental Geology 3 Introductory Physics II 4
Biological Experiment Design 3 Technical Writing 3
Introductory Physics I 4 Science Elective 3
Environmental Research or Internship 3 Elective 3
Arts Course 3 Health and Physical Activity 1.5
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 14.5
Semester 7     Semester 8  
Ecology of Lakes and Streams 3 Hydrogeology 3
Water Resources Geochemistry 3 Geology of Oil and Gas 3
Energy and the Environment 3 Science Elective 3
Science Elective 3 Case Studies in Environmental Analysis 3
Economic Geography 3 Arts Course 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15