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Environmental Science Major

The environmental science major is designed to prepare you for a career in various fields related to the environment and sustainability. Our faculty provide a broad educational background useful for anyone entering the environmental field, including the areas of conservation, research, administration, environmental education, government, industry and environmental health. You can readily be paired with a second major or a minor in areas such as biology, chemistry, biochemistry, business, or sociology/anthropology.

You may also opt for the environmental education concentration within the environmental science major. Environmental education has applications in both for-profit and non-profit venues, including zoos, businesses, nature centers, environmental/outdoor education facilities, conservation organizations and a variety of government agencies from national to local levels. This program is specifically designed to provide the science and environmental background and hands-on experience needed for graduates entering this growing field.

The following is an overview of courses associated with our environmental science major. We encourage you to speak with a faculty representative during your on-campus visit for detailed information about your specific program interests.

For an official description of courses and degree requirements, please reference our academic catalog.

Environmental Science Major Core Courses

  • BIO 208 General Ecology
  • BIO 406 Biostatistics
  • CEM 151 General Chemistry I
  • CEM 152 General Chemistry II
  • CEM 153 General Chemistry I Laboratory
  • CEM 154 General Chemistry II Laboratory
  • SCI 105 Introductory Geology
  • SCI 107 Environmental Science

Complete one of the following courses:

  • SA 305 People, Resources and the World
  • SA 307 Biocultural Ecology

Complete at least one course from each of the following groups:

Basic Biology

  • SCI 102 Biological Science OR
  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology-Molecules to Cells AND
  • BIO 112 Principles of Biology-Organisms to Ecosystems

Biological Diversity 

  • BIO 150 Introductory Zoology
  • BIO 160 Introductory Botany
  • BIO 210 Entomology
  • BIO 216 Ornithology
  • BIO 313 Plant Ecology


  • ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECO 320 Environmental Economics¬†

Environmental Ecology

  • BIO 402 Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology


  • SCI 201 Intro to Physical Geography
  • GEO 202 North American Geography

Recommended Electives

  • BIO 207 Microbiology
  • BIO 311 Pathophysiology
  • BIO 402 Ecosystem Ecology
  • BIO 403 Environmental Health and Toxicology
  • BIO 404 Genetics
  • BIO 415 Research in Biology (may be repeated)
  • BIO 418 Independent Study
  • CEM 332 Biochemistry - Biomolecules and Metabolism
  • POS 202 American Government - State and Local
  • SCI 302 Environmental Law
  • SCI 410 Topics in Science

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