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Environmental Science

Environmental Science is the study of the biological and physical world as it is affected by natural and man-made processes. It is a field that has become increasingly important as we recognize our responsibilities for pollution, resource depletion, and land abuse. Students develop the skills needed to investigate, document, and solve environmental problems. Each student selects an area of emphasis and selects from a series of advanced courses in such fields as restoration ecology, watershed management, geospatial analysis, and sustainable management.

Our Environmental Science program at BGSU places priority on the natural sciences and the natural world. Students develop the skills needed to investigate, document, and solve environmental problems. Course work in the social sciences and humanities provides additional tools that enables our students to understand the interrelationships that characterize sensitive environmental issues.

Students choose from several programmatic areas to develop specialized expertise. These areas include sustainable management, environmental restoration, watershed management, geospatial analysis and environmental education and interpretation. Graduates are well-qualified for a large variety of careers, and to enter professional or graduate school.

Minor Available

Environmental Science minor learning outcomes are for students to achieve understanding of:

  • the breadth of current critical environmental issues facing the planet
  • select scientific disciplines critical to comprehensive understanding of environmental issues
  • three topical areas of critical importance to environmental quality.    

Required Courses (21-25 hours of course work):

  • 3 credit hours of foundational environmental studies to consist of ENVS 1010 or 2530
  • 9-10 credit hours credit hours of foundational natural science to consist of  two of the following three courses:  BIOL 2040, CHEM 1250, GEOL 1040 (9-10)
  • 9 – 12 credit hours focusing on specialized aspects of environmental science to consist of three of the following courses (including at least one course with a ENVS designation): ENVS 3010, ENVS 3100 or ENVS 4150, ENVS 3340, ENVS 4010, ENVS 4020, ENVS 4120, ENVS 4200, ENVS 4930, ENVH 3040, ENVH 4020, GEOL 3220, GEOL 3230

For questions or further information, please contact
Holly Myers, Advisor
337 South Hall
419 372-8208
hmyersj@bgsu.edu