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

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Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences are required to complete all University general educationUniversity undergraduate requirements and degree requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Core Emphasis Requirements

Biological Science10
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory5
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
Environmental Policy3
ABM 2070Environmental Economics and Policy3
GEOL 1100Principles of Geology with Laboratory4
GEOG 1600Climate Change: Science and Public Policy3
GEOG 2660Environmental Geography3
AG_ED_LD 4340Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs3
ESC_PS 2000Experiencing Cultural Diversity in the United States3
ESC_PS 2010Inquiry Into Learning I3
ESC_PS 2014Inquiry into Learning I - Field Experience1
NAT_R 2080Outdoor Recreation Consortium2
NAT_R 4024Foundations of Environmental Education3
Soil Science5
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Additional Emphasis Area Requirements30
ENV_SC 3290Soils and the Environment3
ENV_SC 3250Pollutant Fate and Transport3
ENV_SC 4940Environmental Science Internship1-99
PRST 3230Outdoor Recreation Policy3
PRST 3231Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
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
General Ecology
Forest Ecology
Environmental Soil Physics
Environmental Soil Microbiology
Environmental Soil Chemistry
NAT_R 3400Water Quality and Natural Resource Management3
Introduction to Conservation Biology
Recreation Land Management
Environmental Sociology
Capstone Experience3
ENV_SC 4320Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling3
1-8 Electives approved by faculty or professional advisor to complete 125 total credits

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Semester Plan

First Year
BIO_SC 12005ATM_SC 10503 
MATH 11003ESC_PS 20003 
HIST 11003CHEM 13204 
ENV_SC 11003GEOG 16003 
General Elective3COMMUN 12003 
 17 16  
Second Year
ENGLSH 10003SOIL 21003 
BIO_SC 15005SOIL 21062 
ABM 2070W3GEOL 11004 
ESC_PS 20141General Elective3 
STAT 12003  
 15 12  
Third Year
BIO_SC 36505ENV_SC 32503ENV_SC 49403
ESC_PS 20103NAT_R 20802 
ENV_SC 3290W3MATH 14003 
General Electives2Humanities Elective3 
Emphasis Area Course3General Elective5 
 16 16 3
Fourth Year
PRST 32303PRST 32313 
PRST 43403ATM_SC 36003 
Computer Course3F_W 36003 
Humanities Elective3General Elective 6 
General Elective3  
 15 15  
Total Credits: 125

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner.  Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, by clicking on the Request Degree Audit link. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress.  This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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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 would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center in the lower level of the Student Success 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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