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Environmental Science Bachelor of Science -  Basic Preparation

    Applicants for the B.S. in Environmental Science must have completed the following courses (grade of C- or better) in preparation for upper-level study.
Chemistry I, II with labs 8 hours
Calculus I 3 hours
College Physics I, II with labs 8 hours
Technical Writing 3 hours
 
In addition to the above requirements, at least 12 hours in science (biology, chemistry, physics and/or geology) must be completed before admission to the Environmental Science plan. Other courses specific to the specialization area (e.g., Biology I and Biology II for those specializing in Environmental Biology or Environmental Chemistry; and Anatomy and Physiology for those specializing in Industrial Hygiene or Safety) should also be completed.
 
Core Requirements
(Must be completed with a grade of "C-"or better)
CHEM 3233 Organic Chemistry I 3 hours
CHEM 3333 Environmental Chemistry 3 hours
BIOL 3333 Environmental Biology 3 hours
GEOL 3333 Environmental Geology 3 hours
INDH 3333 Environmental Health and Safety 3 hours
STAT 3038 Computational Statistics 3 hours
Internship, Co-Op, Independent Study, Seminar or Advanced Studies 3 hours
   
Required Courses
Students must select one of the following sub-plans:
  • 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.
     
Additional required electives must be selected in consultation with a faculty advisor and shall be completed with grades "C-" or better. In all cases, prerequisites for each course must be satisfied. A maximum of six hours of environmental management courses may be included.
 
Environmental Science 2+2 Transfer Plan
2+ 2 plans are degree plans developed in conjunction with area Community Colleges. Lower level courses are taken at local Community Colleges and then transferred to the University of Houston-Clear Lake and applied to the agreed upon degree plan. This way students know from the beginning what courses to take and what to expect.
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