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Biology: Concentration in Environmental Science [BIO/ENVS] (Major)

This major in the Biological Sciences Department provides a focused exposure to environmentally related areas of biology.

Career Potential

  • Environmental consultant
  • Fish and wildlife biologist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Ecologist

Note: It is highly recommended that students in the environmental science concentration take or become proficient in public speaking, computer applications and computer graphics.

A. Biology Courses: 36 credit hours
  • BIO 201 - Biological Sciences I (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 202 - Biological Sciences II (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 210 - Cellular Biology (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 310 - Field Biology (3 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 312 - Genetics (4 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 319 - Biological Literature (1 cr. hr.)
  • BIO 412 - General Ecology (4 cr. hr.)
Select 12 additional credit hours of biology elective courses

Biology elective course are defined as biology courses at the BIO 210 level or above open to biology majors.

B. Related Science and Math Courses: 33 credit hours
  • CHE 221 - General Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 222 - General Chemistry II (4 cr. hr.)
  • CHE 301 - Organic Chemistry I (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 261 - Physical Geology (4 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 410 - Hydrogeology (3 cr. hr.)
  • MAT 121 - Calculus A (3 cr. hr.)
  • Select one physics sequence:

  • PHY 105 - Elementary Mechanics and Heat (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 106 - Elementary Electricity, Light and Sound (4 cr. hr.)
    or
  • PHY 201 - Principles of Physics I (4 cr. hr.) and
  • PHY 202 - Principles of Physics II (4 cr. hr.)
Select One
  • GLY 281 - Data Analysis in Natural Science (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 122 - Calculus B (3 cr. hr.) or
  • MAT 201 - Statistical Methods (3 cr. hr.)
C. Environmental Courses: 12 or 13 credit hours
  • ENS 486 - Seminar in Environmental Science (3 cr. hr.)
  • ENS 487 - Environmental Science Internship (3-12 cr. hr.)
  • EST 100 - Introduction to Environmental Studies (3 cr. hr.)
    A student entering the program in the sophomore year or later may apply to the department chair for an exemption from EST 100, based on a comparable course or courses the student has taken or will take.
And one course from the following
  • GLY 367 - Geomorphology (3 cr. hr.)
  • GLY 396 - Aqueous Geochemistry (3 cr. hr.)
  • GRY 324 - Introduction to Cartography and Geographic Information Systems (3 cr. hr.)
D. Additional Requirements for the B.A.: 42-43 credit hours
  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-12 credit hours
  • Free Elective Courses as needed to complete the 124 credit hour total
E. Additional Requirements for the B.S.: 42-43 credit hours
  • Composition and General Education Courses: 27 credit hours
  • Foreign Language Courses: 0-3 credit hours
  • Free Elective Courses as needed to complete the 124 credit hour total
Total Credit Hours Required for Graduation: 124