Catalog
2017-18

Environmental Science

Yelda Hangun-Balkir, Ph.D.
Program Director

Environmental issues represent some of the most important challenges facing the planet in the 21st century. As the nation's focus on the environment continues to grow, there is an ever-increasing demand for environmental science jobs. If you're seeking a career in this field, you can look forward to a far more robust job market than graduates of many other disciplines according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The goal of the Environmental Science program is to provide a foundation for understanding issues and solving problems involving our natural environment. It is an interdisciplinary science program that focuses on the state of the environment and serious environmental problems that the world faces. The program provides students with a strong science background focused on the environmental issues. Students will be expected to take a variety of courses in numerous departments. Through a series of academic courses and co-curricular activities, you will get hands-on experience and obtain the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary in order to solve the complex, interdisciplinary environmental problems facing the local community and society at large.  The Environmental Sciences Program offers Bachelor of Science degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sciences.

Our interdisciplinary science program is supported by a team of academic departments. Professors work closely with Environmental Sciences undergraduates as their study becomes more specialized. Such individual attention leads to fruitful partnerships when students become involved in research and other student-centered learning activities. Through coursework, projects and activities, you will develop scientific research, writing, and presentation skills.

Individual Attention and Mentoring

Students will receive individual attention during their entire undergraduate career. Each student plans a course of study in close cooperation with a faculty advisor, and the student's progress is closely coordinated with developing interests. Undergraduates are strongly encouraged to pursue independent research as an essential part of their educational program.

Career Choices

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of environmental scientists is projected to grow 15 percent from 2012 to 2022, faster than the average for all occupations. You will be prepared to enter government, academic, private or non-profit careers or to continue your education in a variety of scientific disciplines. Graduates would be trained to work in fields including environmental consulting, laboratory or field research, environmental education, environmental law, pollution engineering, toxicology and waste management. 

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1013CHEM 1023
CHEM 1031CHEM 1041
MATH 155 or 1853MATH 156 or 1863
BIOL 1112BIOL 1122
BIOL 1132BIOL 1142
ENSC 1013RELS 1103
ENGL 1103ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC3
SCI 1001 
 18 17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 2234CMPT 1553
CHEM 3193CHEM 3203
CHEM 3232CHEM 3242
MATH 336 or 2303CHEM 3353
MLL 3MLL 3
 PHIL 213 or LLRN 1023
 15 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENSC 3013ENSC 302 4
CHEM 3025PHYS 1084
PHYS 1074PHIL 1503
Free Elective3RELS Catholic Studies3
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Major Elective3-4Major Elective3-4
Major Elective3-4Free Elective6
RELS Contemporary Studies3MUSC 150 or ART 1503
ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC3ENGL 1503
HIST 1503Research1
 15-17 16-17
Total Credits: 127-130

Electives

SCI 301 Earth Science for Engineers

Chemistry

CHEM 309Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 433Biochemistry I3
CHEM 435Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3

Biology

BIOL 217Genetics4
BIOL 225Microbiology4
BIOL 231Evolution4
BIOL 305Plant Biology4
BIOL 320Animal Physiology4

Chemical & Environmental Engineering

ENGS 204Environmental Engineering Principles I3
ENVG 506Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes3
ENVG 510Hazardous Waste Management3

Environmental Studies Minor

ENVL 517Environmental Law3
GOVT 223Environmental Politics3


Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1013CHEM 1023
CHEM 1031CHEM 1041
MATH 155 or 1853MATH 156 or 1863
BIOL 1112BIOL 1122
BIOL 1132BIOL 1142
ENSC 1013RELS 1103
ENGL 1103 
SCI 1001 
 18 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 2234CMPT 1553
CHEM 3193ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC 1503
CHEM 3232MLL 3
MATH 336 or 2303Free Elective3
MLL 3LLRN 102 or PHIL 2133
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENSC 3013ENSC 3024
CHEM 3025PHYS 1084
PHYS 1074PHIL 1503
Free Elective3RELS Catholic Studies3
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Major Elective3-4Major Elective3-4
Free Electives6RELS Contemporary Global3
ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC 1503MUSC or ART 1503
HIST 1503Free Elective3
 ENGL 1503
 15-16 15-16
Total Credits: 121-123

Electives (15-18)

SCI 301 Earth Science for Engineers

Chemistry

CHEM 309Physical Chemistry I3
CHEM 433Biochemistry I3
CHEM 435Advanced Inorganic Chemistry3

Biology

BIOL 217Genetics4
BIOL 225Microbiology4
BIOL 231Evolution4
BIOL 305Plant Biology4
BIOL 320Animal Physiology4

Chemical & Environmental Engineering

ENGS 204Environmental Engineering Principles I3
ENVG 506Water and Wastewater Treatment Processes3
ENVG 510Hazardous Waste Management3
CEEN 305Energy & the Environment3

Environmental Studies Minor

GOVT 223 Environmental Politics

Courses

ENSC 101. Intro to Environmental Science. 3 Credits.

The course will introduce the field of environmental science and examine the environment from a scientific viewpoint. We will explore the concept of sustainability and how it relates to us, contemporary environmental issues related to health and disease, pollution, water resources, nonrenewable and renewable energy sources and global climate change. The course promotes critical thinking, problem solving, scientific and environmental literacy.

ENSC 301. Environmental Science I. 3 Credits.

Throughout the semester, students will study the science of air, water, soil and anthropogenic activities of Earth. The course will be designed to provide students with an understanding of the sources, reactions, transport and fates of natrually occurring and man-made systems. Major pollutants and their effects upon the environment will be studied.

ENSC 302. Environmental Science II. 4 Credits.

This course is the continuation of Environmental Science I (ENSC 301). During this course students will study the chemistry of the water and soil, and how anthropgenic activities affect this checmistry on planet Earth. Specifically, we will examine the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in water, and soil environments, and the effects of technology thereon. Three lectures and one three-hour laboratory period per week. Pre-requisite: ENSC 301.

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