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Environmental Science

Academic Requirements

Academic Requirements Environmental Science (B.S.)

Introductory ENV courses: (both are required)

  • ENV 101. Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • ENV 117. Introduction to Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Introductory science sequences  (all are required)

  • BIO 111, 112. General Biology I, II
  • CHE 120, 220. Principles of Organic Molecules & Quantitative Chem Analysis

Mathematics course (1 course)

  • MAT 109 Statistics, or MAT 194 Stretch Calculus, or MAT 201 Differential Calculus

Environmental science lab-based courses: (all are required)

  • ENV 141. Atmosphere, Ocean and Environment
  • ENV 244. Applied Ecology (pre-req ENV 101, BIO 111, and BIO 112)
  • CHE/ENV 210. Environmental Chemistry (pre-req CHE 120, CHE 220)
  • ENV 311. Field Methods in Environmental Science (pre-req ENV 101, ENV 141, ENV 244 and two of the following: BIO 112, CHE 120, PHY 112)
  • ENV 312. Watershed Biogeochemistry (pre-req ENV 101, ENV 141, ENV 244, ENV/CHE 210)

Three elective environmental courses selected from the list below: 

At least 2 must be ENV

At least 2 must have a lab (i.e. not environmental studies)

  • ENV/BIO 221. The Bermuda Environment (summer course)
  • ENV 222. Summer Environmental Studies in Ecuador (summer course, environmental studies)
  • ENV 294. Environmental Communication (environmental studies)
  • ENV 302. Conservation and Wildlife Techniques
  • ENV/BIO 313. Wetlands Ecology
  • ENV 314. Energy and the Environment (environmental studies)
  • ENV 394. Sustainability and the Environment (environmental studies)
  • ENV 394. Climate Change
  • ENV 394. Marine Conservation
  • ENV 294, 394. Other Special Topics (with approval of the Chair, possibility of a lab)
  • CRS 246. Interdisciplinary Study of an Estuary: Integration and Action (if enrolled in the Chesapeake Semester, environmental studies)
  • BIO 309. Marine and Estuarine Biology
  • BIO 328. Behavioral Ecology
  • CHE 310. Greener & Sustainable Chemistry
  • CHE 340. Organic Mechanisms & Synthesis

Junior and Senior Seminar (1-credit each)

  • ENV 392. Environmental Science and Studies Junior Seminar
  • ENV 491. Environmental Science and Studies Senior Seminar

Senior Capstone Experience (4 credits)

  • ENV SCE, to be completed the last semester of a student’s senior year

Note for students who double major or minor in Biology

  • Students who double major in Environmental Science and Biology can double count a maximum of 4 courses (3 Required Courses: BIO 111, 112, BIO 206 or ENV 242 and 1 upper-level elective) towards their double major. Students majoring in Environmental Science and minoring in Biology can double count a maximum of 3 courses (BIO 111, 112 and 1 approved upper-level BIO or ENV elective) towards their Environmental Science major. To complete the Biology minor, an additional 4 upper-level BIO courses are required.

Note for students who minor in Chesapeake Regional Studies (5 courses total):

  • Students who minor in Chesapeake Regional Studies can double count one course for this minor and the Environmental Science or Studies major.

Note for students who minor in Earth and Planetary Systems (6 courses total):

  • Students who minor in Earth and Planetary Systems can double count two courses from the core for this minor and the Environmental Science or Studies major.