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 undergraduate requirements and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.
Core Emphasis Requirements
|BIO_SC 1200||General Botany with Laboratory||5|
|BIO_SC 1500||Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory||5|
|ABM 2070||Environmental Economics and Policy||3|
|GEOL 1100||Principles of Geology with Laboratory||4|
|GEOG 1600||Climate Change: Science and Public Policy||3|
|GEOG 2660||Environmental Geography||3|
|AG_ED_LD 4340||Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs||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||1|
|NAT_R 2080||Outdoor Recreation Consortium||2|
|NAT_R 4024||Foundations of Environmental Education||3|
|SOIL 2100||Introduction to Soils||3|
|SOIL 2106||Soil Science Laboratory||2|
|Additional Emphasis Area Requirements||30|
|ENV_SC 3290||Soils and the Environment||3|
|ENV_SC 3250||Pollutant Fate and Transport||3|
|ENV_SC 4940||Environmental Science Internship||1-99|
|PRST 3230||Outdoor Recreation Policy||3|
|PRST 3231||Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources||3|
|Select from the following classes or course approved by academic advisor to achieve an additional 15 credit hours at the 3000/4000 levels (must take at least one Atmospheric, Environmental, or Soil Science course).||15|
|Climates of the World|
or FOREST 4320
|Environmental Soil Physics|
|Environmental Soil Microbiology|
|Environmental Soil Chemistry|
|NAT_R 3400||Water Quality and Natural Resource Management||3|
|Introduction to Conservation Biology|
|Recreation Land Management|
|ENV_SC 4320||Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling||3|
|1-8 Electives approved by faculty or professional advisor to complete 125 total credits|
|BIO_SC 1200||5||ATM_SC 1050||3|
|MATH 1100||3||ESC_PS 2000||3|
|HIST 1100||3||CHEM 1320||4|
|ENV_SC 1100||3||GEOG 1600||3|
|General Elective||3||COMMUN 1200||3|
|ENGLSH 1000||3||SOIL 2100||3|
|BIO_SC 1500||5||SOIL 2106||2|
|ABM 2070W||3||GEOL 1100||4|
|ESC_PS 2014||1||General Elective||3|
|BIO_SC 3650||5||ENV_SC 3250||3||ENV_SC 4940||3|
|ESC_PS 2010||3||NAT_R 2080||2|
|ENV_SC 3290W||3||MATH 1400||3|
|General Electives||2||Humanities Elective||3|
|Emphasis Area Course||3||General Elective||5|
|PRST 3230||3||PRST 3231||3|
|PRST 4340||3||ATM_SC 3600||3|
|Computer Course||3||F_W 3600||3|
|Humanities Elective||3||General Elective||6|
|Total Credits: 125|
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