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Environmental Sciences Major

This major is an interdisciplinary program for the study of the earth's environment and human interactions with it. The curriculum prepares students for graduate study in environmental or related studies. It also prepares students for careers in: environmental consulting, public health, hazardous waste handling, parks and recreation, environmental planning, land assessment, industrial hygiene, corporate environmental management, waste management, and other related fields. Students also have the opportunity to participate in summer research programs and internships.

Each student must complete all the core requirements listed below, plus the designated courses for one area of concentration.


BIO 202 Principles of Zoology II OR

BIO 215 Principles of Microbiology and Botany
CHM 108 Introductory Inorganic Chemistry
ECO 110 Principles of Economics
EVS 104 Intro. to Environmental Science
GEO 101 Introductory Geology
MAT 111 Elementary Statistics
PHI 359W Environmental Ethics
GOV 211 American National Government
EVS 490 Environmental Science Seminar
EVS 405 Environmental Science Methods

Plus 8 hours of electives, chosen from a list of approved courses, offered by a school other than that of the student's area of concentration. A student whose area of concentration is in the natural sciences must choose non-science electives. A student whose area of concentration is outside the natural sciences must choose science electives.

Areas of Concentration

Each area of concentration is offered and administered by an individual department, or a group of departments working jointly. Each area of concentration requires at least 18 hours, but not more than 27 hours. 

Chemistry Concentration:

CHM 109 General Chemistry II
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I
CHM 222 Organic Chemistry II
CHM 250 Environmental Chemistry
CHM 315 Analytical Chemistry

And one of the following:

CHM 324 Organic Analysis
CHM 331 Physical Chemistry
CHM 341 Biochemistry I
CHM 411 Instrumental Analysis

Biology Concentration:

BIO 111 Principles of Cell Biology
BIO 205 Principles of Ecology
BIO 405 Conservation Biology

Electives: (16 hours)

Minimum of 16 hours of BIO at the 200 level or above

The electives may include up to 2 courses from the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory (see Biology) or the Highlands Biological Station.

Public Policy Concentration:

ECO 210 Principles of Economics II

ECO 430 Public Economics
ECO 470 Environmental Economics
GOV 340 Population, Resources, & Environment

GOV 420 Public Administration & Public Policy
SOC 200 Intro to Sociology OR
ANT 200 Cultural Anthropology

SOC 355 Environmental Sociology

One of the following:

ECO 420 Introduction to Econometrics

GOV 393WI Social Science Research Methods

SOC 305WI Social Science Research Methods

One of the following:
GOV 331 International Political Economy

GOV 411 International Law & Organizations

Geoscience Concentration:

GEO 320 Environmental Geology

GEO 360 Geomorphology
GEO 420 Hydrology
CHM 250 Environmental Chemistry

Electives (7 or more hours):

GEO 102 Historical Geology
CHM 109 General Chemistry II
PHY 111 Mechanics, Heat, and Sound
GEO 482 Coastal Marine Geology
BIO 205 Principles of Ecology
BIO 315 Marine Science I: Oceanography
CHM 315 Analytical Chemistry
CHM 221 Organic Chemistry I

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