Undergraduate Course Catalog 2011-2012
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 (48 credit hours). Environmental Science majors enrolled in the Ecology Track must complete an additional 20 credit hours for a total of 68 credit hours as specified below. Environmental Science majors enrolled in the Sustainability Track must complete an additional 18 credit hours for a total of 66 credit hours as specified below.
Ecology Track Major Credit Hours: 68
Sustainability Track Major Credit Hours: 66
I. Core Courses(48)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)02-315 General Ecology (3)02-316 General Ecology Lab (1)02-320 Biostatistics (3)02-375 Issues in Environmental Science (3)02-383 Ecology Journal Club (1)02-480 Department Pillars Portfolio (0)02-496 Biology Senior Thesis (2)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)03-120 Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry (3)13-200 Calculus I (4)
OR13-211 Calculus for the Life Sciences (4)
II. Ecology Track (20)
A. Required Courses (12)02-220 Genetics (4)02-221 Genetics Lab (1)02-224 General Microbiology (4)02-226 General Microbiology Lab (1)02-298 Field Biology (2)
B. Majors taking the Ecology Track chose 8 credit hours from the following: (8)02-312 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3)02-322 Environmental Microbiology (2)
AND02-323 Environmental Microbiology Lab (1)02-405 Invertebrate Zoology (4)02-416 Conservation Biology (3)
AND02-417 Conservation Biology Lab (1)02-418 Limnology (3)
AND02-419 Limnology Lab (1)02-420 Botany (3)
AND02-421 Botany Lab (1)
III. Sustainability Track (18)02-243 Principles of Sustainability (4)02-373 Renewable Energy Technologies (4)02-363 Biomimicry and Whole Systems Thinking (3)02-393 Green Building & LEED Rating Systems (3)02-416 Conservation Biology (3)02-417 Conservation Biology Lab (1)
IV. 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).