BS in Environmental Sciences
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.
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.
Major Program Requirements
|MATH 1100||College Algebra||3|
|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|
|STAT 1200||Introductory Statistical Reasoning||3|
|COMMUN 1200||Public Speaking||3|
|or AG_ED_LD 2220||Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources|
|or SCI_AG_J 2210||Communicating Science to the Public|
|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 Science course, including courses with designators AFNR (basic computing skills), INFOTC and CMP_SC (programming skills), and GEOG and NAT_R (GIS skills)||3|
|Capstone Course (one of the following, unless specified by empahsis area):||3-4|
|ATM_SC 4320||Atmospheric Dynamics||4|
|or ENV_SC 4320||Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling|
|or SOIL 4320||Genesis of Soil Landscapes|
|Additional Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, or Soil Science Electives||17|
|Additonal Science Electives||10|
|Free Elective Credit||39-45|
|Additonal professional course credits approved by faculty or professional advisor to fulfill 125 credit hour 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 are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in Academic Exploration and Advising Services (AEAS) by calling (573)884-9700.
- 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.
- If you would like information about MU majors and degree programs, visit:
- the Degrees, Majors (Degree Programs), Emphasis Areas, Minors and Certificates page in the catalog,
- the MU Majors website.
For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.