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  Nov 21, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Science, BS


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Introduction

The mission of the Bachelor of Science program in Environmental Science is to educate students to succeed in their chosen careers, to transfer environmental knowledge to the community and to peers, and to provide an environmentally literate workforce and citizenry. The program is intended to provide the environmental science major with a broad foundation in the sciences and mathematics, as well as specialized knowledge in marine and coastal resources, Earth system science, environmental health and monitoring, policy and regulations, and science education concentration areas. The environmental science curriculum prepares students for career positions in environmental science or science education, or for further professional development.

Student learning outcomes

Students will:

  • Demonstrate a command of environmental science concepts and principles at the undergraduate level.
  • Analyze and interpret a variety of environmental science data, and
  • Communicate environmental science information effectively at the undergraduate level, in oral and written form, with appropriate use of technology.

Students who wish to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science may do so by following one of five curriculum plans referred to as concentrations. The concentration options include Earth systems science, marine and coastal resources, environmental health and monitoring, policy and regulations, and science education. A prospective 4-8 level science teacher could obtain a BS in Environmental Science while following the science education concentration. Information on the BS in Environmental Science - Science Education Concentration is found in the College of Science and Engineering Science, Mathematics and Technology Education section of the catalog. Details of the requirements for obtaining a teaching certificate are provided in the College of Education section of this catalog. 

Earth Systems Science, Marine and Coastal Resources, Environmental Health and Monitoring, and Policy and Regulations Concentrations

The minimum requirement for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Earth systems science, marine and coastal resources, environmental health and monitoring, or policy and regulations is a total of 120 hours.

The degree requirements are divided among the following areas:


  Sem. Hrs.
  1. First-Year Seminars (when applicable)
  2. University Core Curriculum Programs  
  3. Foundation Courses
  4. Major Requirements
  5. Basic Mathematics (and Statistics) Requirement
  6. Concentration Area

(2)
42
22
24
1
31

  Total 120 (122)

 

A. First-Year Seminars


Full-time, first-year students are required to take the following courses:

Total: (2)


B. University Core Curriculum


See University Core Curriculum Programs . The mathematics course should be MATH 1442 - Statistics for Life  or MATH 2413 - Calculus I , depending on concentration area. Please consult the faculty advisor for specific details.

Total: 42


C. Foundation Courses


No foundation courses may be taken on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis.

Choose one – depends on concentration:


Total: 22


D. Major Requirements


Choose two (requires written approval of faculty mentor): 8


Total: 24


E. Basic Mathematics (and Statistics) Requirement


Each student is required to take a statistics course. This may be either algebra-based statistics,

 , or calculus-based statistics,  , depending on the student’s concentration area.   is a prerequisite for  . Please consult the faculty advisor for specific details. When   is required, its hours are included in the appropriate Concentration Area.

Three hours of

  or   count in the University Core (the other 1 hour counts in this section).

Total: 1


F. Concentration Area


Students must take a total of 31 semester hours in prescribed courses and electives to complete a concentration in Earth systems science, marine and coastal resources, environmental health and monitoring, or policy and regulations. Designated electives must be approved in writing by the student’s faculty mentor. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their faculty mentor regularly.

1. Earth System Science Concentration


This concentration is appropriate for students preparing for careers in earth system science, meteorology, or other fields. Students preparing for graduate school are strongly encouraged to take additional hours in consultation with their faculty mentor. Additional courses in Mathematics are strongly recommended.

In addition to the courses listed below, students choosing this concentration must take Calculus I (MATH 2413 ) as part of the University Core requirements. They must take University Physics I (PHYS 2425 ) as part of the Foundations requirements.

One of the following:

Designated Electives 13

 Additional hours selected from the following list, with written approval of a student’s faculty mentor. Must include at least 10 upper-level hours.

Total: 31

2. Marine and Coastal Resources Concentration


This concentration is appropriate for students planning careers in marine and coastal resources research or management. Students preparing for graduate school are strongly encouraged to take additional hours in consultation with their faculty mentor.

In addition to the courses listed below, students choosing this concentration must take either Statistics for Life (MATH 1442 ) or Calculus I (MATH 2413 ) as part of the University Core requirements. MATH 2413  is strongly recommended for students anticipating graduate school or research careers; also, it is a prerequisite to some of the optional courses listed below under the concentration. If MATH 1442  is not taken, then MATH 3342  is required from the designated elective hours. Students may take either Physics I (PHYS 1401 ) or University Physics I (PHYS 2425 ) as part of the Foundations requirements.

Designated Electives 20

Additional hours selected from the following list, with written approval of a student’s faculty mentor. Must include at least 11 upper-level hours.

Total: 31

3. Environmental Health and Monitoring Concentration


This concentration is appropriate for students planning careers in environmental health, environmental assessment and remediation, and environmental management. Students preparing for graduate school are strongly encouraged to take additional hours in consultation with their faculty mentor.

In addition to the courses listed below, students choosing this concentration must take either Statistics for Life (MATH 1442 ) or Calculus I (MATH 2413 ) as part of the University Core requirements. MATH 2413  is strongly recommended for students anticipating graduate school or research careers; also, it is a prerequisite to some of the optional courses listed below under the concentration. If MATH 1442  is not taken, then MATH 3342  is required from the designated-elective hours. Students may take either Physics I (PHYS 1401 ) or University Physics I (PHYS 2425 ) as part of the Foundations requirements.

Designated Electives 13

 Additional hours selected from the following list, with written approval by a student’s faculty mentor. Must include at least 10 upper-level hours.

Total: 31

4. Policy and Regulations Concentration


This concentration is appropriate for students anticipating careers in environmental or natural resource regulation or environmental law. Students preparing for graduate school are strongly encouraged to take additional hours in consultation with their faculty mentor.

In addition to the courses listed below, students choosing this concentration must take either Statistics for Life (MATH 1442 ) or Calculus I (MATH 2413 ) as part of the University Core requirements. MATH 2413  is strongly recommended for students anticipating graduate school or research careers; also, it is a prerequisite to some of the optional courses listed below under the concentration. If MATH 1442  is not taken, then MATH 3342  is required from the designated-elective hours. Students may take either Physics I (PHYS 1401 ) or University Physics I (PHYS 2425 ) as part of the Foundations requirements.

Designated Electives 21

Additional hours selected from the following list; with written approval by a student’s faculty mentor. Must include at least 8 upper-level hours.

Total: 31

Science Education Concentration


Information on the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science with a science education concentration is found in the College of Science and Engineering  Science, Mathematics and Technology Education  section of the catalog.

Fast Track from Bachelor's to Master's Degree


Environmental Science, BS and Environmental Science, MS

The university allows the opportunity for high-achieving students to count a select number of graduate credits toward their undergraduate degree and thereby obtain a graduate degree at an accelerated pace. Students interested in the Fast Track in Environmental Science must meet the following application criteria:

  • Currently seeking a BS in Environmental Science at A&M-Corpus Christi.
  • Minimum of a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 SCH (and a 3.0 GPA in all science and math courses) at the time of Fast Track application.
  • Classified as a Senior with successful completion of at least 90 SCH, including BIOL 1406, CHEM 1411, CHEM 1412, ESCI 1401, ESCI 3202, GEOL 1403, MATH 1442 or MATH 2413, and PHYS 1401 or PHYS 2425.

Students accepted into the Fast Track program will be given permission to enroll in up to six hours of prescribed graduate courses during their last semester of undergraduate studies. The hours for these graduate courses will “double-count” toward both the undergraduate and graduate programs. The BS and MS degrees will be awarded sequentially (i.e., upon completion of each degree) and not simultaneously. Students will be allowed to continue enrollment in the graduate program upon successful completion of the undergraduate degree.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must provide the following at the time of application:

  • A completed application form. Application fees are waived for Fast Track applicants.
  • Official transcripts of all college and university coursework.
  • An essay of at least 300 words describing their educational and career interests, goals, and challenges.
  • Three letters of evaluation from persons knowledgeable about their potential for success in graduate studies.
  • Identify a faculty member willing to serve as their graduate advisor. Applicants will not be admitted to the program without a graduate advisor.
  • Official GRE scores by the time the student is reclassified to MS.

No criterion is weighted more heavily than any other criterion. Applications received or completed after the deadline for admission during one semester may be considered for admission in the following semester at the applicant’s request. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email.

Academic Preparation

Students accepted to the degree program with insufficient background in science, computer science, mathematics, or communication skills will be required to take undergraduate or graduate prerequisite courses prescribed by their advisory committees. These courses may or may not apply towards the total required for the master’s degree.

BS, Environmental Science students accepted in the Fast Track will have up to six hours of undergraduate elective credit replaced with six hours of graduate credit during the final semester of the senior year. A Fast Track student, in consultation with the faculty adviser, will be able to substitute six hours of undergraduate courses from BIOL, CHEM, COSC, ESCI GEOL, GISC, MATH, PHYS, or other disciplines as approved. 

In place of the six hours of undergraduate courses, the student will take the following graduate courses instead:

  • ESCI 5302 OR ESCI 5360 OR BLAW 5330

AND

  • An approved graduate elective.

 

See the Graduate Catalog for a complete description of the degree requirements for the MS in Environmental Science.

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