BS in Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Outreach and Education
Degree Program Description
Earth’s environment provides conditions conducive for life: an oxygenated atmosphere; water resources; and soil as a medium for plant growth. Environmental processes occurring on the planet govern the movement of air, energy, matter, and water. Through the study of Environmental Sciences, students will learn the science and experience the beauty of the outdoor environment. This degree program addresses how human activities can adversely alter some environmental processes and environmental quality, techniques to improve environmental quality, and practices that minimize human impacts on the environment. The Environmental Sciences degree provides a strong science foundation through general science coursework and specialized studies of the atmosphere, land and soil, water, and environmental outreach and education. The degree combines interests in predicting and understanding weather patterns, monitoring environmental change, conserving and managing soil and biological organisms, assuring healthy streams and adequate water supplies, and improving environmental quality with the shaping of new policies and educating others about the natural environment and environmental issues. Example careers include Atmospheric Scientist, Climatologist, Environmental Specialist, Environmental Technician, Hydrologist, Land Manager, Meteorologist, Soil Scientist, and Water Quality Specialist. Employment may occur in a variety of sectors, including federal, state, county and city government agencies, non-government agencies (NGOs), and private consulting firms
Major Program Requirements
Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences are required to complete all University general education, University graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3-5|
|or MATH 1160||Precalculus Mathematics|
|MATH 1400||Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I||3-5|
|or MATH 1500||Analytic Geometry and Calculus I|
|CHEM 1320||College Chemistry I||4|
|Economics/Business Elective (select from ABM, ECON, FINPLN, )||3|
|ABM 2123||Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences||3|
|or STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning|
|AGSC_COM 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources||3|
|ENV_SC 1100||Introduction to Environmental Science||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||Introductory Meteorology||3|
|NAT_R 2325||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems||3|
|or GEOG 3040||Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS|
|Additional Computer Course|
|ENV_SC 4560||Observing the Earth from Space||3|
|or ABM 1200||Applied Computer Applications|
Core Emphasis Requirements
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||3|
|or PLNT_SCI 2110||Plants and their Cultivation|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|NAT_R 4353||Natural Resource Policy/Administration||3|
|or ENV_SC 4400W||Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive|
|or ABM 2070W||Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive|
|GEOL 1100||Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory||4|
|or GEOL 1200||Environmental Geology with Laboratory|
|ENV_SC 4305||Environmental Soil Physics||3|
|ENV_SC 4306||Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory||2|
|AG_ED_LD 2270||Leadership Development in Youth Organizations||3|
|or AG_ED_LD 4340H||Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs - Honors|
|ENV_SC 4024||Foundations of Environmental Education||3|
|ESC_PS 2000||Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States||3|
|ESC_PS 2010||Inquiry Into Learning I||3|
|ESC_PS 2014||Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience|
|or AGSC_COM 2210||Communicating Science to the Public|
|or NAT_R 2080||Outdoor Recreation Consortium|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|Additional Emphasis Area Requirements||30|
|ENV_SC 2600||Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability||3|
|ENV_SC 3250||Pollutant Fate and Transport||3|
|ENV_SC 3290||Soils and the Environment||3|
|ENV_SC 4940||Environmental Science Internship||3|
|PRST 3230||Outdoor Recreation Policy||3|
|PRST 3231||Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources||3|
|Upper Level Disciplinary Electives|
|Select f15 credit hours from the following courses at the 3000/4000 levels (must take at least one Atmospheric, Environmental, or Soil Science course).||15|
|ATM_SC 3600||Climates of the World||3|
|ENV_SC 4312||Environmental Soil Microbiology||3|
|ENV_SC 4318||Environmental Soil Chemistry||3|
|ENV_SC 4560||Observing the Earth from Space||3|
|F_W 4600||Ecosystem Management||3|
|FOREST 4320||Forest Ecology||5|
|NAT_R 3400||Water Quality and Natural Resource Management||3|
|PRST 3210W||Personnel Management and Leadership - Writing Intensive||3|
|PRST 3220||Introduction to Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities||3|
|PRST 4250||Parks, Health and Wellness||3|
|PRST 4340||Recreation Land Management||3|
|ENV_SC 4600||Sustainability Science Problem Solving||3|
|or ENV_SC 4320||Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|or SOIL 4320||Genesis of Soil Landscapes|
|Electives approved by faculty or professional advisor to complete 120 total credits|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||ESC_PS 2000||3||MATH 1100||3|
|HIST 1100||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|ENV_SC 1100||3||AGSC_COM 2220||3|
|ATM_SC 1050||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|BIO_SC 1500||5||GEOL 1100||4|
|ENV_SC 4024||3||Disciplinary Elective||3|
|ENV_SC 2600||3||ENGLSH 1000||3|
|AG_ED_LD 2270||3||AGSC_COM 2210||3|
|ESC_PS 2010||3||ENV_SC 3250||3||ENV_SC 4940||3|
|Disciplinary Elective||3||MATH 1400||3|
|ENV_SC 3290||3||Business Elective||3|
|SOIL 4305||3||Disciplinary Elective||3|
|SOIL 4306||2||ABM 1200||3|
|PRST 3230||3||PRST 3231||3|
|Disciplinary Elective||3||NAT_R 4353||3|
|Humanities Elective WI||3||Disciplinary Elective WI||3|
|ENV_SC 4600||3||ABM 2123||3|
|SOIL 2106||2||General Elective||2|
|Total Credits: 120|
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