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Basic Preparation: Environmental Science Bachelor of Science

The plan in Environmental Science leads to the bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. This plan seeks through an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for opportunities in the private sector and in governmental agencies where environmental issues are being addressed. Graduates of the plan will also be prepared to pursue further academic training in Environmental Science. Students may also prepare for the professional certification examinations in Industrial Hygiene and/or Safety.
Environmental Science Requirements
This degree requires 120 hours and includes 42 hours of University Core. University Core is listed separately in the catalog. However; some of the Major Requirements courses listed below also satisfy University Core. If other courses are taken to satisfy University Core, the Major Requirements below are still necessary for graduation and substitutions are not accepted.
Major Requirements
The following courses must be completed with the grade of "C-" or better:
Rubric Course Name
WRIT 3315 Technical Writing
CHEM 1311 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1111 Laboratory for General Chemistry I
CHEM 1312 General Chemistry I
CHEM 1112 Laboratory for General Chemistry II
CHEM 2323 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 2123 Laboratory for Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 3333 Environmental Chemistry
BIOL 3333 Environmental Biology
GEOL 3333 Environmental Geology
INDH 3333 Environmental Safety and Health
MATH 2413 Calculus I
PHYS 1301 College Physics I
PHYS 1101 Laboratory for College Physics I
PHYS 1302 College Physics II
PHYS 1102 Laboratory for College Physics II
STAT 3308 Computational Statistics
In addition: 3 hour Internship, Co-op, Independent Study, Seminar or Advanced Studies.
Environmental Science Specialization Requirements
Specialization requirements and approved upper-level electives must total 44 hours and must be completed with a grade of "C-"or better.
Students must specialize in one of the following areas:
  • Environmental Biology
    This specialization prepares students to investigate, analyze, and determine solutions for environmental problems associated with natural populations and ecosystems, such as pollution, development and population growth. The curriculum provides opportunities for study in environmental toxicology, conservation biology and aquatic biology.
  • Environmental Chemistry
    This specialization prepares students to acquire knowledge and skills in fate and transport studies, instrumentations, and pollution control technologies. The curriculum provides theories to hands-on practice in courses, including sampling and monitoring, air/water pollution, soil/groundwater remediation, and environmental chemodynamics.
  • Environmental Geology
    The specialization in Environmental Geology prepares students to recognize, investigate and analyze environmental problems associated with geology including groundwater. The curriculum is broad-based, including courses in remote sensing, ground water hydrology, wetlands and environmental geochemistry.
  • Industrial Hygiene
    This specialization prepares students in the recognition, evaluation and control of workplace hazards. The curriculum provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on health and safety applications.
  • Safety
    The Safety specialization provides students with the skills and knowledge to recognize and control workplace hazards using tested techniques while going beyond complying with applicable State, National, and Federal standards. The curriculum provides a broad academic background in the sciences with emphasis on safety applications.

Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET The Bachelor of Science Environmental Science – Industrial Hygiene program is accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET http://www.abet.org.
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