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.

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Major Program Requirements

In addition to university general education requirements, students must meet school requirements, as well as the degree requirements below:

General Education34-38
MATH 1100College Algebra3
or MATH 1160 Precalculus Mathematics
MATH 1400Calculus for Social and Life Sciences I3
or MATH 1500 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
CHEM 1320College Chemistry I4
STAT 1400Elementary Statistics for Life Sciences3
or STAT 2530 Statistical Methods in Natural Resources
American History or Government Course (HIST 1100, HIST 1200, HIST 1400, POL_SC 1100 or POL_SC 17003
Economics/Business Elective3
Behavioral and Social Science Elective3
ENGLSH 1000Exposition and Argumentation3
COMMUN 1200Public Speaking3
or AG_ED_LD 2220 Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
or SCI_AG_J 2210 Communicating Science to the Public
Fine Arts and Humanities Electives6
Major Core Requirements46-48
ENV_SC 4305
ENV_SC 4306
Environmental Soil Physics
and Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory
4-5
or PHYSCS 1210 College Physics I
or PHYSCS 2750 University Physics I
ENV_SC 1100Introduction to Environmental Science3
ATM_SC 1050Introductory Meteorology3
GEOG 3040Introduction to Geographic Information Systems GIS3
or NAT_R 4325 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
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 4320Atmospheric Dynamics4
or ENV_SC 4320 Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
or SOIL 4320 Genesis of Soil Landscapes
Additional Atmospheric Science, Environmental Science, or Soil Science Electives17
Additonal Science Electives10
Free Elective Credit39-45
Additonal professional course credits approved by faculty or professional advisor to fulfill 125 credit hour requirements.

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Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plans for the BS in Environmental Sciences designed for the emphasis areas of Atmosphere, Land and Soil, Water, Outreach and Education.

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Degree Audit

The degree audit is an automated report reflecting a student’s academic progress toward the completion of a degree.  Degree Audits are not available for all programs; however, please consult with the appropriate college or school for audit information.

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 http://advising.missouri.edu/contact/.

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

For additional details on degree audits, go to http://registrar.missouri.edu/degree-audits/index.php.

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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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