Clay Harris, program coordinator
The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary degree that integrates knowledge from various scientific fields. It features a strong foundation in the geosciences with support courses from chemistry, physics, biology, and math. Coursework includes such topics as environmental issues and impacts, energy resources and recovery, climate and climate change, and geographic information systems.
Students will find career opportunities within both the private and public sector. Typical employment opportunities exist in various local, regional, and national government agencies, and as environmental consultants in air and water quality oversight, pollution control and mitigation, environmental analysis and resource assessment, and hazardous and sanitary waste management.
The degree program includes a capstone experience with opportunities for academic research, study abroad, field courses to a variety of locations, or an internship in local government or industry. Students can choose the best fit for their career goals with the guidance of their faculty mentor.
General Education (41 hours)
General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education requirement:
- GEOL 1040/1041 (Nat Sci)
- MATH 1730 or MATH 1910 (Math) required in cognate; MATH 1710 is a prerequisite for MATH 1730.
- BIOL 1110/1111 (Nat Sci) or CHEM 1110/1111 (Nat Sci), or PHYS 2010/2011 (Nat Sci) may be applied to cognate
Major Requirements (29-30 hours)
Capstone Experience Courses (6-8 hours)
After earning 90 credit hours toward the Environmental Science program, students must complete a capstone experience including at least 6-8 upper-division credit hours from the courses below. The capstone experience must be approved by the Environmental Science faculty mentor.
Environmental Science Mentor-Approved Electives (21-24 hours)
- A minimum of 11-14 hours (depending on major courses and capstone experience) must be at 3000/4000 level. NOTE: Mentor-approved electives may not be PGEO or GEOL courses.
Total hours in program: 120
Curriculum: Environmental Science
Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.
Students should consult their advisors each semester to plan their schedules.
- General or mentor-approved elective 3 credit hours
- Mentor-approved electives 6 credit hours
- Capstone experience 3 to 4 credit hours
- Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours