Environmental Science, B.S.

The Departments of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) and Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) collaborate to offer this interdisciplinary environmental science major, which provides students with broad exposure to environmental problems, as well as training in essential problem-solving skills, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Informatics (EI). The major is not unlike the majors in EES and EEB in that it requires a broad background in the natural sciences, as well as a core curriculum that familiarizes students with tools and methods. The undergraduate program is preparatory to our 4+1 M.S. degree program in environmental science. Students completing the terminal masters program should be able to enter environmental scientist positions in private industry, environmental consulting, and regulatory agencies. In addition, the major provides a strong science background for individuals seeking to practice environmental law. Students majoring in environmental science may elect to broaden their background in environmental issues by completing a coordinate major in environmental studies in the School of Liberal Arts.


Course requirements for the environmental science major are given below:

I. Courses Required Outside EEB and EES (five courses)

II. Foundational Courses (two courses)

III. Core Courses (six courses)

IV. Elective Tracks (five courses)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Track

Earth and Environmental Science Track