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BS in Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major

The Environmental Science program offers a practical, technical-based, cross-disciplinary program centered on biology, chemistry and geology. The program integrates classroom work with extensive field, lab and research experience and allows students opportunities to interact with working environmental professionals. All students take an identical core of Environmental Science courses complemented by a concentration in one of the three core sciences.

Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both Environmental Science and their concentration area. Graduates leave Eastern with the opportunity for immediate employment in the environmental profession or for entry into graduate or professional school.

Although a major in Environmental Science may be declared upon arrival at Eastern, students must petition for formal admission to the program after completion of 50 credit hours of the core courses. This formal acceptance must be granted before students enroll in the junior seminar series (ENVS 391-393).

To be accepted, a student must have maintained a minimum average GPA of 2.50 in the core courses. After acceptance, students must maintain a 2.50 GPA overall to remain in the program. To finish in four years, it is assumed that students will start the program with the necessary math background to enter into the calculus sequence.

What will I study?

Environmental Science Courses

The Scientific Method
Statistics and Data Analysis
Scientific Presentation
Environmental Chemistry
Environmental Geology
Geographic Information Systems
Ecology and Natural History

Environmental Emphases

Students must satisfy course requirements in any one of the following three subject areas:
Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology

Environmental Science Curriculum

Emphases / Concentrations:

  • Develop broad-based knowledge of major concepts in the area of environmental science and an understanding of fundamental roles that biology, chemistry and geology play in environmental science
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the interrelationship between the geosphere, atmosphere and biosphere
  • Use modern instrumentation and classical techniques for the analysis of soil and water samples and demonstrate an ability to design and carry out experiments and to interpret data
  • Develop sufficient preparation in environmental science to successfully compete in a graduate or professional program or to realize employment in a environmental science-related career
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills and critical thinking skills as related to the field of environmental science
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