Plant and Wildlife Sciences
 

Environmental Science

Environmental Science
BS
Hours56 - 58 Credit Hours
MAPMajor Academic Plan

Program Requirements

requirement 2 Complete 1 course
Ecology courses:
requirement 3 Complete 1 course
Biology courses:
requirement 4 Complete 1 course
Experiential learning courses (Note: At least 2 hours are required if PWS 199R or PWS 494R is chosen):
requirement 5 Complete 1 option
option 5.1 Complete 7.0 hours from the following course(s)
This option is recommended for all tracks except Eco-business.
option 5.2 Complete 7.0 hours from the following course(s)
requirement 6 Complete 25.0 hours from the following option(s)
Complete 25 hours from the following list of general electives. This list is organized into suggested career tracks that students may find useful, but students may choose any combination of the courses listed below to fulfill their 25 hours.
SOIL SCIENCE & CONSERVATION CORE TRACK:
A. Complete the following: Chem 285, Geog 212, Geog 306, PWS 303, PWS 402, PWS 405.
B. Complete an additional 5 hours from the general major electives list below. (Recommended for advanced students: PWS 505, 540, 551.)
WATER RESOURCES & CONSERVATION CORE TRACK:
A. Complete the following: Chem 285, Geog 212, Geol 111, Geol 435, PWS 402, PWS 405.
B. Complete an additional 5 hours from the general major electives list below. (Recommended for advanced students: PWS 505, 551.)
ECOLOGY CORE TRACK:
A. Complete the following: PWS 215, PWS 344, PWS 355, PWS 417, PWS 419, PWS 440.
B. Complete an additional 7 hours from the general major electives list below. (Recommended for advanced students: PWS 540, 551, 553.)
ECO-BUSINESS CORE TRACK:
Complete the following: Acc 200, BusM 241 or BusM 489, BusM 371R, Econ 110, Fin 201, Geog 306, Hlth 322, PDBio 444, PDBio 445.
option 6.1 Complete 25.0 hours from the following course(s)
General Major Electives:
FEDERAL REGISTER REQUIREMENTS: The federal register requirements for environmental science ecology or physical science emphasis can be met by choosing appropriate electives. Ecology requires 30 semester hours of basic and applied biology, including at least 9 semester hours of ecology and 12 hours of physical and mathematical sciences. Physical science requires 25 semester hours of physical sciences (chemistry, physics, math, etc.).
Program Outcomes: 

Scientific Foundation

Possess a fundamental working knowledge of the biogeochemistry, ecology, plant biology, microbiology, and laws relating to soil and water conservation, quality, and pollution.

The Scientific Method

Devise experiments with testable hypotheses addressing environmental concerns, problems, and solutions in the environment based on the interpretation of primary scientific literature and the scientific method.

Environmental Measurements, Assessments, and Statistics

Conduct and design basic environmental quality measurements, site assessments, and statistics associated with resource management and conservation.

Environmental Policy

Understand the inception, current state, and future needs of seminal environmental policies and laws.

Effective Communication

Write effectively and concisely both within and outside the environmental science discipline.

Spiritual Foundation and Stewardship

Foster and promote environmental stewardship and sustainability within your realm of influence and demonstrate a desire to help all understand their spiritual connection to God's creations and Earth.