Environmental Science

College of Arts and Sciences

201 Memorial Hall, 419-372-8207

Major, Bachelor of Science (56 - 60 hours) - no minor required - Spring 2019 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, 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.

Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Environmental Science are expected to be able 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.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The Environmental Science program will undergo its next Program/Cluster Review during the Academic Year 2019-20.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Environmental Science program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)
Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Environmental Science program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.