College of Arts and Sciences
201 Memorial Hall, 419-372-8207
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 - Fall 2021 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)
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.