Environmental Science Major

Additional Information on the Environmental Science program

The Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology (EBIO) and Earth & Environmental Sciences (EENS) 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 EENS and EBIO 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:


Course requirements for the environmental science major are given below:

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

II. Foundational Courses

III. Core Courses (six courses)

IV. Elective Tracks (five courses)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Track

Any five EBIO courses, two of which must be designated laboratory or field courses
Capstone experience: approved independent study (EBIO 4910) or honors thesis (EBIO 4990-5000)


Earth and Environmental Science Track

Any five EENS courses
Capstone experience: approved independent study (EENS 4910), EENS 4950 or honors thesis (EENS 4990-5000)


Additional Information

The core curriculum and required ancillary science and mathematics courses provide students with a good background in basic and applied statistics, computer modeling, global cycles, and map making (GIS). Both departments have ample electives at the 6000-level that will further enhance the degree, including EENS 6050 Natural Disasters, EENS 6160 Fluvial Responses to Allogenic Controls, EENS 6210 Global Biogeochemical Cycles, EENS 6250 Isotopes in the Environment, EENS 6260 Paleoclimatology, EENS 6300 Groundwater Hydrology, EENS 6340 The Earth, EBIO 4050 Ecosystem Ecology, EBIO 6040 Marine Ecology, EBIO 6070 Restoration Ecology, EBIO 6340 Ecological Analysis, EBIO 6590 Limnology, EBIO 6710 Historical Ecology of the Amazonia, EBIO 7020 Plant Ecology, EBIO 7060 Stream Ecology, and EBIO 7270 Population Ecology, among others.