Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science with Environmental Geology Option

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In the Environmental Geology option, you’ll get a strong foundation in general biology, general chemistry, and general geology. You’ll also take in-depth courses that focus on different aspects of environmental science and get a thorough understanding of geology and the environment. Throughout the program, you’ll get hands-on laboratory and research experience. Our graduates are well prepared for employment in environmental science as well as entry to graduate or professional school.

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Curriculum & Requirements

Environmental Science Major with Environmental Geology Option, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary field that combines physical, chemical and biological sciences with social, political and economic understanding needed to study the environment and address environmental problems. The Environmental Science program integrates classroom work in biology, chemistry, geology and social sciences (economics and planning) with extensive field, lab and research experience. All students take a core of Environmental Science courses complemented by a concentration in one of the three core sciences (biology, chemistry, and geology). Motivated students have the opportunity to obtain a double major in both Environmental Science and their concentration area. Graduates leave Eastern with the necessary professional and technical skills for employment in the environmental profession or entry into graduate or professional school.

Major Requirements for Environmental Science

Each student should meet with an advisor when declaring environmental science as a major.

Students should start the program with the necessary mathematics background to enter into the calculus or statistics sequence.
PRECALCULUS I (or equivalent)
It is recommended that students complete these required courses within the first two years.
INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
BIOLOGY I
and BIOLOGY II
and BIOLOGY III
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
THE EARTH'S INTERIOR
and THE EARTH'S SURFACE
All Environmental Science students must take a junior year and a final senior year environmental seminar.
ENVS 300ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE JUNIOR SEMINAR1
ENVS 400ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SENIOR SEMINAR1

Note: some course options may not result in there being 60 upper division credits required for graduation within the major–advisor consultation is required.

Grade Requirements: students must maintain an average GPA ≥2.0 in the major to graduate from the program.

Note: may only count BIOL 380 once.

Environmental Science Required Courses
BIOL 171BIOLOGY I5
BIOL 172BIOLOGY II5
BIOL 173BIOLOGY III5
BIOL 270BIOLOGICAL INVESTIGATION3
BIOL 440ECOLOGY4
CHEM 171
171L
CHEM 172
CHEM 172L
CHEM 173
CHEM 173L
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY III
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY III
15
DSCI 245BUSINESS STATISTICS 1 (may only count BIOL 380 once)4-5
or BIOL 380 DATA ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS
or MATH 380 ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
DSCI 346BUSINESS STATISTICS 2 (may only count BIOL 380 once)4-5
or BIOL 380 DATA ANALYSIS FOR BIOLOGISTS
or MATH 161 CALCULUS I
ECON 100GENERAL EDUCATION ECONOMICS5
ENVS 100INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE5
ENVS 300ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE JUNIOR SEMINAR1
ENVS 400ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE SENIOR SEMINAR1
GEOG 323GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES5
GEOL 320ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 470GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY4
GEOS 111THE EARTH'S INTERIOR5
GEOS 112THE EARTH'S SURFACE5
PLAN 431ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENTS3
Environmental Geology–Required Geology Courses
GEOL 222THE EARTH THROUGH TIME 5
GEOL 311EARTH MATERIALS4
GEOL 360GEOLOGIC HAZARDS4
GEOL 411SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 462PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY4-5
or GEOL 466 ISOTOPIC TRACERS IN THE ENVIRONMENT
GEOL 475ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OF SOILS: INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING4
Electives–upper division with advisor's consent4
Capstone–choose one4-5
SENIOR CAPSTONE: WATER AND THE WEST, WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING IN ARID LANDS
CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
Total Credits116-120

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