Environmental Science Program

FACULTY COORDINATING COMMITTEE Remsen (Chemistry); Morris (Biology); Wang (Physics).

The interdepartmental major in environmental science is sponsored jointly by the departments of biology, chemistry, and physics. The objectives of the program are to provide the student with the necessary background for a professional career in the area of environmental science or entrance into a graduate program.

Core Requirements

A student must choose one of three concentrations: environmental science-biology, environmental science-chemistry, or environmental science-physics. Each student will be assigned an advisor from the department of the chosen concentration. For all concentrations the student must take the following core courses:

  • ENS 150 Introduction to Environmental Science – 2 hrs.
  • BIO 151 Molecules to Cells - 3 hrs.+
  • BIO 152 Molecules to Cells Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 251 Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity - 3 hrs. +
  • BIO 252 Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity Laboratory - 1 hr.
  • BIO 300 Populations, Resources, and Environment - 3 hrs.
  • BIO 420 Ecosystems Ecology - 4 hrs.
  • ENS 470 Environmental Science Capstone - 1 hr.
  • CHM 110, 111, 116, 117 General Chemistry - 9 hrs.
  • CHM 252, 253 Organic Chemistry I with lab - 5 hrs.
  • CHM 316 Environmental Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • GES 101, 102 Principles of Earth Science - 4 hrs. OR
    GES 110, 111 Principles of Historical Geology - 4 hrs.
  • Calculus - 8 hrs.*
  • PHY 107, 108 General Physics - 8 hrs.
  • ECO 100 Intro. to Economics, ECO 221, OR ECO 222 – 3 hrs

Total 58 hours

All students must have a concentration in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

*Students pursuing the Physics concentration may take the BIO 111, 112, 113, 114 series in lieu of BIO 151, 152, 251, 252.

*The Biology concentration requires only one semester of calculus (4 hours).

Physics students must take PHY 110, 201 University Physics - 8 hrs.

 Both Micro and Macro Economics (221 and 222) are highly recommended.

The student must have on average a grade of C or better in all ENS core courses.

Analytical Chemistry (CHM 326) is required for ENS-C and is highly recommended for ENS-B and ENS-P.

Concentrations

Each concentration has the following additional requirements:

Biology Concentration

  • BIO 250 Organismic Biology - 4 hrs.
  • BIO 260, 261 – Biological Statistics I and II – 3 hrs.
  • BIO 460 Ecology, BIO 463 Plant Ecology, OR BIO 450 Conservation Biology – 3 or 4 hrs.
  • One additional biology course approved by the advisor – 3-4 hrs.
  • BIO 385/485 research – 3 hrs.

Two of the following organismal courses: 7–8 hrs.

  • BIO 323 Comparative Anatomy
  • BIO 324 Plant Diversity
  • BIO 334 Reproduction and Identification of Flowering Plants
  • BIO 381 Comparative Animal Physiology
  • BIO 406 General Microbiology
  • BIO 419 Ethology

Total: 19-22* hours

*The biology concentration requires only one semester of calculus (4 hours).

The student must have a grade of C or better in all biology courses.

Chemistry Concentration

  • CHM 256, 257 Organic Chemistry II with lab - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 292 Chemical Informatics - 1 hr.
  • CHM 326 Analytical Chemistry - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 360 Biochemistry -3 hrs.
  • CHM 420 Instrumental Analysis - 4 hrs.
  • CHM 470 Physical Chemistry - 3 hrs.
  • MTH 111 Elementary Statistics or BIO 260, 261 – Biological Statistics I and II – 3 hrs.

Total: 22 hours

Physics Concentration

  • PHY 110, 201 University Physics - 8 hrs.
  • MTH 223 Calculus III – 4 hrs.
  • PHY 140 Physics of the Small World: Nanophysics and Applications – 3 hrs.
  • PHY 202 Applied Quantum Physics - 3 hrs.
  • PHY 320 Optics – 3 hrs.
  • PHY 350 Advanced Physics Experiments - 2 hrs. (students must choose the appropriate section.)
  • PHY 399 Special Problems in Physics -3 hrs.
  • PHY 440 Advanced Nanophysics – 3 hrs.
  • PHY 441 Nanophysics Laboratory - 2 hrs. or suitable internship

Total: 21–23 hours

Replaces PHY 107, 108 in the core.

The student must have a grade of C or better in all physics courses.