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2016-17

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 1014CHEM 1024
CHEM 1030CHEM 1040
MATH 1553MATH 1563
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 3363CHEM 3353
MLL I3MLL II3
PHIL 213/LLRN 1023ENGL 1503
 18 17
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENSC 3013ENSC 302 4
CHEM 3025PHYS 1084
PHYS 1074PHIL 1503
Free Elective3RELS Elective A3
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Major Elective3-4Major Elective3-4
Major Elective3-4Free Elective6
RELS Elective B3MUSC or ART3
ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC3Research1
HIST 1503 
 15-17 13-14
Total Credits: 127-130

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 1014CHEM 1024
CHEM 1030CHEM 1040
MATH 1553MATH 1563
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 3363ENGL 1503
MLL 3Free Elective3
LLRN 1023 
 18 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENSC 3013ENSC 3024
CHEM 3025PHYS 1084
PHYS 1074PHIL 1503
Free Elective3RELS Elective A3
 15 14
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
Major Elective3Major Elective3
Free Elective3RELS Elective B3
ECON/GOVT/SOC/PSYC 1503MUSC or ART 1503
HIST 1503Free Elective6
PHIL 2133 
 15 15
Total Credits: 124

Courses

ENSC 101. Introduction 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 naturally occurring and man-made systems. Major pollutants and their effects upon the environment will be studied.

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