Undergraduate Course Catalog 2010-2011

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Total Credit Hours: 128

A grade of "C" or better must be earned in a prerequisite course in order to advance to the next course in the sequence.

Environmental Science majors may take a Biology class only two times. If a student has not achieved a minimum of "C" after the second attempt, the student may not repeat the class.

It is the policy of the Environmental Science program to support with letters of recommendation for graduate schools only those students who have achieved a minimum cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 by the time they complete the first semester of their junior year. If there is a required exam for the program to which the student is applying, the student must supply an official copy of the scores to the faculty before the letters can be written. In the event that a student has his/her request for letters of recommendation denied, he/she has the right to petition for reconsideration with the understanding that there is no guarantee that the petition will be successful. Acceptance into any graduate school is solely determined by the admission committee of that school. All faculty members have the right to decline a request to write a letter of recommendation for any student.

All Environmental Science majors must take the program's core courses (37 credit hours). Environmental Science majors enrolled in the Ecology Track must complete a total of 68 credit hours as specified below. Majors enrolled in the Chemistry Track must complete a total of 60-63 credit hours.

Besides the 37 hours in core courses, Ecology Track majors must take an additional 31 credit hours (23 in required Ecology Track courses and 8 in specified electives). Likewise, Chemistry Track majors must take an additional 23 - 26 credit hours beyond the core courses in required Chemistry Track courses.


Ecology Track Major Credit Hours:  68
Chemistry Track Major Credit Hours: 60-63

I. Core Courses required of both Ecology Track and Chemistry Track majors (37)
02-110 General Biology I (4)
02-111 General Biology I Lab (1)
02-115 General Biology II (4)
02-116 General Biology II Lab (1)
02-222 Earth Science (4)
02-233 Principles of Environmental Science (4)
02-320 Biostatistics (3)
02-480 Department Pillars Portfolio (0)
02-375 Issues in Environmental Science (3)
03-120 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)
03-110 General Chemistry I (4)
03-111 General Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-115 General Chemistry II (4)
03-116 General Chemistry II Lab (1)

II. Ecology Track additional required courses (31)
02-220 Genetics (4)
02-221 Genetics Lab (1)
02-224 General Microbiology (4)
02-226 General Microbiology Lab (1)
02-315 General Ecology (3)
02-316 General Ecology Lab (1)
02-383 Ecology Journal Club (1)
02-298 Field Biology (2)
02-496 Biology Senior Thesis (2)
13-200 Calculus I (4)
    or
13-211 Calculus for the Life Sciences (4)
Ecology Track majors must chose 8 credit hours from the following list of electives:
02-312 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)
02-405 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
02-416 Conservation Biology (3)
02-417 Conservation Biology Lab (1)
02-418 Limnology (3)
02-419 Limnology Lab (1)
02-420 Botany (3)
02-421 Botany Lab (1)

III. Chemistry Track additional required courses (23-26)
03-320 Analytical Chemistry I (3)
03-321 Analytical Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-325 Instrumental Analysis (2)
03-326 Instrumental Analysis Lab (2)
03-340 Environmental Chemistry I (3)
03-341 Environmental Chemistry I Lab (1)
03-342 Environmental Chemistry II (3)
03-343 Environmental Chemistry II Lab (1)
03-450 Research (1-4)
13-120 Mathematical Analysis (4)
IV. Advanced writing requirement: For Ecology track majors, the advanced writing requirement of the General Education Curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of the following courses which contain strong writing components: General Biology Labs I and II (02-111 and 02-116), General Microbiology Lab (02-226), and Biology Senior Thesis (02-496). For Chemistry track majors, the advanced writing requirement of the General Education Curriculum is satisfied by successful completion of the following courses which contain strong writing components: General Chemistry I (03-110), General Chemistry II (03-115), Analytical Chemistry (03-320), and Instrumental Analysis (03-325).