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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED 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. In addition to COSC 1315  and COSC 1325 , Environmental Science majors may apply any of the following courses to satisfy the university computer literacy requirement: PHYS 1401 , PHYS 1402 , PHYS 2425 , and PHYS 2426 .

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 Program
  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.

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