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2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog 
2010-2012 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Geoscience (BS) - Track in Environmental Science

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Geography, Geology and the Environment


Michael Stapleton

Environmental science is the integration of scientific knowledge from many disciplines in order to understand the interrelationships between human activities and the environment. Environmental science majors are exposed to the general principles of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, meteorology, and physics. Thus, it is not a focus on one of these disciplines, but involves all of them and their interaction within environmental systems.

Environmental science majors could enter several general fields:

  • Industry and Consulting, monitoring and investigating the contamination of the air, land and water. Responsibilities could range from working to reduce potential environmental contamination in an industrial setting, to remediating contamination that resulted from past disposal practices.
  • Local, State, or Federal Environmental Agencies, working to monitor, enforce, and develop environmental policy and regulations.
  • Environmental Research, working to understand and solve environmental problems. Students would continue their education in a graduate program focusing on an area of interest to them.

The program is rich in laboratory and field experiences that support our lecture classes. Students gain important practical experience working in the field studying environmental systems and problems. In addition, students are required to complete an approved internship or research project. We train our students not only with a liberal arts education and a broad-based scientific background, but with the skills that will enable them to succeed in a competitive work force. The department encourages undergraduate student research. Opportunities abound for students to work directly with the faculty on independent research projects.

ENVS 450 or 480 must be completed during the summer after your Junior or Senior year.

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 61

Required Related Courses (7 credits - also included in Liberal Studies)

Environmental Science Track Requirements - Credits: 41

Required Internship, Research or Additional Elective - Minimum Credits: 3

Eligibility for an internship requires that students complete 16 credits at the 200 level or above in core and elective courses and qpa of 2.000 or higher for all core and elective courses.

Required Related Courses - 12 Credits

BIOL 101, CHEM 200, Statistics course, and additional PHYS/Natural Science  or MATH class. See degree audit or Curriculum Guide for detailed information.

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