Environmental Science

Environmental Science

The Environmental Science (B.A.) degree is a science specialization based upon the fundamentals of biology and ecology.  Offered by the Department of Biology and Chemistry, the environmental science program is built on the foundation of the B.A. Biology degree, but includes additional science courses necessary for a strong environmental degree. 

Students entering this fast-growing and dynamic field can expect to become involved directly in addressing some of the significant problems related to human impact on the environment. It also enables students to attend graduate school if they choose, or to succeed in a number of environmental science-related careers.  This comprehensive major is designed to meet the needs of students who desire a broadly based education in preparation for field/laboratory careers in such areas as applied environmental ecology, government service, teaching, and private industry/consulting.

Environmental Science prepares graduates to enter the diverse and vigorous environmental job market or advance to a graduate degree program in disciplines including botany, entomology, ecology, environmental engineering science, fisheries, forestry, landscape architecture, political science, resource economics, soil and water science, urban and regional planning, wildlife, or zoology or to a professional degree program in business, education, journalism, or law.


Required Courses:

BIOL 105 Environmental Science

BIOL 211 Principles of Biology I

BIOL 212 Principles of Biology II

BIOL 220 Botany

BIOL 230 Zoology

BIOL 240 General Ecology

BIOL 303 Genetics

BIOL 401 Microbiology

BIOL 413 Critical Analysis or BIOL 497 Directed Research

CHEM 211 General Chemistry I


Two Electives from among the Following Courses:

BIOL 307 Marine Biology

BIOL 321 Tropical Ecology and Field Biology

BIOL 340 Conservation Biology

BIOL 402 Microbiological Ecology

BIOL 438 Aquatic Biology


Student Learning Outcomes for the B.A. in Environmental Science

Outcome 1: Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the interdisciplinary nature of environmental problems and possible solutions

Outcome 2: Graduates will have an understanding of laboratory and field experimentation and different sampling techniques in the environmental disciplines. 

Outcome 3: Graduates will demonstrate proficiency in understanding and use of the scientific literature as a tool for research and scholarship.

Outcome 4: Graduates will demonstrate a foundation in critical thinking skills related to the sciences, including the fundamentals of scientific inquiry, critical analysis of experimental data, and communication of results (oral and written). 

Outcome 5: Graduates will be able to comprehend and understand significant environmental issues currently impacting society.