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Course requirements for a BS in environmental science comprise a total of 120 academic credits, at least 30 of which must be taken at UMass Boston. In addition to UMass Boston general education requirements, students take introductory courses in biology, chemistry and physics as well as calculus 1. Students also take introductory courses in environmental science and environmental policy, skills courses in statistics and GIS, natural science courses in geology, oceanography, and global environmental change, social science courses in urbanization and globalization and the environment, upper level electives across all disciplines of environmental science, and a senior capstone research course.
The BS in environmental science provides students the opportunity to focus their studies, through degree tracks, in marine science, policy & management, and earth & hydrologic science. Students may also pursue a general track allowing them to take a breadth of courses across the environmental disciplines.
Environmental Biology Minor
Support your career goals by supplementing your degree with a minor in environmental biology.
Students complete 7 courses (23-26 credits) in 5 core areas.
Environmental Science: ENVSTY 101 Nature of Environmental Problems
100-level Biology Core: BIOL 111 (General Biology 1) and BIOL 112 (General Biology 2)
200-level Biology Core: BIOL 252/254 Genetics lecture and lab and BIOL 290 Population Biology
300-lebel Biology Core (choose 1): BIOL 342/343 Ecology lecture and lab, BIOL 352/353 Evolution lecture and lab, BIOL 330 Biology of Fishes, BIOL 332/333 Biology of Marine Invertebrates lecture and lab, BIOL 334 Microbiology (note this course requires completion of general chemistry 2 lecture and lab as well), BIOL 336L Ecosystem Ecology, BIOL 338 Insect Life, BIOL 340 Marine Mammal Biology, BIOL 359 Caribbean Tropical Ecology
Environmental Capstone: ENVSTY 401 Environmental Problem Analysis and Policy Formulation
School for the Environment
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