BS in Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Outreach and Education

Degree Program Description

The degree in Environmental Sciences with Emphasis in Outreach and Education combines interests in educating others about the natural environment and environmental issues with the shaping of new policies and educating others about the natural environment and environmental issues. Example careers include Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Environmental Specialist, and Environmental Teacher. Employment may occur in a variety of sectors, including Extension, 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
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
ENV_SC 4560Observing the Earth from Space3
or ABM 1200 Applied Computer Applications
Core Emphasis Requirements
Biological Science
BIO_SC 1200General Botany with Laboratory3
or PLNT_SCI 2110 Plants and their Cultivation
BIO_SC 1500Introduction to Biological Systems with Laboratory5
Environmental Policy
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 4340 Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs
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 Science
SOIL 2100Introduction to Soils3
SOIL 2106Soil Science Laboratory2
Additional Emphasis Area Requirements
ENV_SC 2600Sustainability Foundations: An Introduction to Sustainability 3
ENV_SC 3250Pollutant Fate and Transport3
ENV_SC 4940Environmental Science Internship3
PRST 3230Outdoor Recreation Policy3
PRST 3231Interpretation of Natural and Cultural Resources3
Upper Level Disciplinary Electives
Select 15 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 3660Mammalogy4
F_W 4600WEcosystem Management - Writing Intensive3
FOREST 3212Forest Health and Protection3
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 Experience
ENV_SC 4600WSustainability Science Problem Solving - Writing Intensive3
Electives approved by professional advisor to complete 120 total credits

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Semester Plan

First Year
BIO_SC 12005ESC_PS 20003MATH 11003
HIST 11003AGSC_COM 22203 
ENV_SC 11003GEOL 12004 
ATM_SC 10503SOIL 21003 
 SOIL 21062 
 14 15 3
Second Year
BIO_SC 15005CHEM 13204 
ENV_SC 40243ENGLSH 10003 
ENV_SC 26003NAT_R 23253 
AG_ED_LD 22703Emphasis Area Elective3 
 PRST 32313 
 14 16  
Third Year
ENV_SC 32903ENV_SC 32503ENV_SC 49403
SOIL 43053MATH 14003 
SOIL 43062ESC_PS 20103 
ABM 12003Business Elective3 
Emphasis Area Elective3Emphasis Area Elective3 
 14 15 3
Fourth Year
ABM 21233NAT_R 43533 
PRST 32303NAT_R 20802 
Emphasis Area Elective3ENV_SC 4600W3 
Humanities Elective WI3Emphasis Area Elective3 
 12 14  
Total Credits: 120

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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. 

MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. 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 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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