Environmental Science

College of Arts and Sciences

201 Memorial Hall, 419-372-8207

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Environmental Science are expected to:

  • Understand basic characteristics of ecosystems and environmental problems and be able to identify, investigate, and propose solutions to environmental issues as informed by an interdisciplinary background in the natural sciences;
  • Understand the interrelationships between environmental problems and human societies and cultures;
  • Engage in rational, civil discourse about complex environmental issues in a manner that considers all viewpoints;
  • Participate in practical, experience-based learning through internships, field experiences, workshops, and independent research projects;
  • Communicate effectively in written and oral forms;
  • Gain facility with technologies and tools used in environmental analysis, such as geographic information systems, global positioning systems, statistical analysis, and remotely sensed images.

Major, Bachelor of Science (56 - 60 hours) - no minor required - Spring 2017 course requirements

This interdisciplinary major emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of environmental issues and the role of the natural sciences in addressing and solving environmental problems. Students receive a basic understanding of the sciences, particularly biology and geology. Additional courses in the social sciences and humanities are included to help the student obtain a holistic view and understanding of the overall context in which environmental issues are placed. Each student also takes courses in a specialization designed to prepare for a career field. A 3-hour internship or independent study (ENVS 4890 or 4700) is required. Close consultation with advisors in the Department of the Environment and Sustainability is essential.

The areas of specialization include: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education and Interpretation, Watershed Management, and Geospatial Analysis.

Minor (20-24 hours)

  • ENVS 1010 (3)
  • Select two from: BIOL 2040, CHEM 1250, GEOL 1040 (8-9)
  • Select three from (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 (9-12)

Other programs
A B.A. in Environmental Policy and Analysis is offered that emphasizes interdisciplinary study of the environment from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities.

A minor in Sustainability is offered that emphasizes the interaction among environmental quality, economic prosperity and social equity.