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Environmental Science, BS

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BS Requirements (for majors declaring fall 2013 and after)

The BS in environmental science provides five tracks for majors. The track should be selected when declaring the major as the program of study is different for each degree track. BS majors typically select the science-focused tracks: earth and hydrologic sciences, marine science, and geospatial analysis and modeling for the environment (GAME). BS majors can select the general or policy and management track as well.

Tracks

BS in Environmental Science, General Track

If you are unsure of your interests in the environmental sciences or seek a program of study that allows for selection of major electives across a broad spectrum of environmental courses from the sciences, social sciences, business, or humanities, the BS general track may be for you. It is designed to provide students with breadth across the environmental science disciplines. If you do not intend to pursue a graduate degree upon completion of our undergraduate program, this track will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge in the environmental sciences to secure an entry level position as an environmental scientist in a government agency, non-government organization, or industry.

BS in Environmental Science, Earth and Hydrologic Sciences Track

If your interests lie in the earth system sciences, this track is for you. Many of the upper level electives require general chemistry and/or calculus. This track is designed to prepare environmental scientists with a depth of knowledge in earth surface processes, particularly coastal systems. Students who complete this track may be prepared for advanced study in the environmental earth sciences though a BS is often required for graduate programs in this area. Students in this track will have the expertise and knowledge needed to work in an earth science-focused organization, including government agencies and industry.

BS in Environmental Science, Marine Science Track

If you are interested in the marine sciences, particularly marine ecology, this is the track for you. Students who complete this track may be prepared for advanced study in marine science and ecology. Students will gain knowledge that can be integrated with advanced study in conservation and management. Students in this track will have the expertise and knowledge needed to work in a marine science-focused organization, including government agencies and conservation organizations.

BS in Environmental Science, Geospatial Analysis and Modeling for the Environment (GAME) Track

If you are interested in geographic information science, remote sensing, and modeling of data, this track is for you. This is a highly quantitative track and is designed for students who have strong computer skills and seek a program of study that is centered on data visualization. GAME track graduates will be prepared for advanced graduate studies in remote sensing/GIS, as well as urban planning. Students in this track will be prepared for employment with geospatial data-dependent organizations from government organizations to nonprofits and industry.

BS in Environmental Science, Policy and Management Track

Most students in this track concentrate in the fields of environmental economics and planning, which rely heavily on data modeling and data visualization. This track is specifically designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the policy, law, economic, and management disciplines involved in the conservation and management of natural resources. The track focuses on urban, coastal natural resources and includes courses that center on the application of environmental science knowledge to the development and implementation of policy and management of systems. Students in this track are prepared for advanced study, including graduate study and legal study. Students completing this track are prepared for employment in environmental sustainability, management, and policy organizations, including government agencies, non-government organizations, and industry.