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 educationUniversity graduation, and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.


MATH 1100College Algebra3-5
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3-5
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
Economics/Business Elective (select from ABM, ECON, FINPLN, )3
ABM 2123Quantitative Applications in Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences 3
or STAT 1200 Introductory Statistical Reasoning
AGSC_COM 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
ENV_SC 1100Introduction to Environmental Science3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3
NAT_R 2325Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
or GEOG 3040 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS
Additional Computer Course
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
or ABM 1200 Applied Computer Applications

Core Emphasis Requirements

Biological Science10
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory3
or PLNT_SCI 2110 Plants and their Cultivation
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
Environmental Policy3
NAT_R 4353Natural Resource Policy/Administration3
or ENV_SC 4400W Environmental Law, Policy, and Justice - Writing Intensive
or ABM 2070W Environmental Economics and Policy - Writing Intensive
GEOL 1100Introduction to the Earth with Laboratory4
or GEOL 1200 Environmental Geology with Laboratory
ENV_SC 4305Environmental Soil Physics3
ENV_SC 4306Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory2
AG_ED_LD 2270Leadership Development in Youth Organizations3
or AG_ED_LD 4340H Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs - Honors
ENV_SC 4024Foundations of Environmental Education3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience
or AGSC_COM 2210 Communicating Science to the Public
or NAT_R 2080 Outdoor Recreation Consortium
Soil Science5
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Additional Emphasis Area Requirements30
ENV_SC 2600Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability 3
ENV_SC 3250Pollutant Fate and Transport3
ENV_SC 3290Soils and the Environment3
ENV_SC 4940Environmental Science Internship3
PRST 3230Outdoor Recreation Policy3
PRST 3231Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
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 3600Climates of the World3
ENV_SC 4312Environmental Soil Microbiology3
ENV_SC 4318Environmental Soil Chemistry3
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
F_W 4600Ecosystem Management3
FOREST 4320Forest Ecology5
NAT_R 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
PRST 3210WPersonnel Management and Leadership - Writing Intensive3
PRST 3220Introduction to Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities3
PRST 4250Parks, Health and Wellness3
PRST 4340Recreation Land Management3
Capstone Experience3-4
ENV_SC 4600Sustainability Science Problem Solving3
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

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Semester Plan

First Year
BIO_SC 12005ESC_PS 20003MATH 11003
HIST 11003CHEM 13204 
ENV_SC 11003AGSC_COM 22203 
ATM_SC 10503SOIL 21003 
 14 13 3
Second Year
BIO_SC 15005GEOL 11004 
ENV_SC 40243Disciplinary Elective3 
ENV_SC 26003ENGLSH 10003 
AG_ED_LD 22703AGSC_COM 22103 
 NAT_R 23253 
 14 16  
Third Year
ESC_PS 20103ENV_SC 32503ENV_SC 49403
Disciplinary Elective3MATH 14003 
ENV_SC 32903Business Elective3 
SOIL 43053Disciplinary Elective3 
SOIL 43062ABM 12003 
 14 15 3
Fourth Year
PRST 32303PRST 32313 
Disciplinary Elective3NAT_R 43533 
Humanities Elective WI3Disciplinary Elective WI3 
ENV_SC 46003ABM 21233 
SOIL 21062General Elective2 
 14 14  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities.  For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center.  No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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