Environmental Sciences Major
The interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences major combines a natural science-based core curriculum with hands-on experience needed to identify, analyze, and solve environmental problems arising from human activity.
Teachers are active environmental research scientists
Classroom encounters with environmental scientists who are leaders in their field are heightened by hands-on field and service-learning opportunities.
Blending hands-on field and laboratory instruction with real-world environmental internship, research, and study abroad opportunities, students acquire the skill set needed to tackle complex environmental problems.
Where do environmental scientists work after graduation?
With the School's emphasis on such cutting-edge areas as ecological design, restoration of damaged ecosystems, and management of resilient ecosystems, Environmental Sciences graduates are equipped with the latest tools to steward our forests, waters, and landscapes. Environmental scientists use their unique skillsets to identify problems and implement solutions that protect the environment. They may work in spaces ranging from offices to the laboratory to the field. Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on internships and careers.
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- Rubenstein general undergraduate degree requirements
- Environmental Sciences degree requirements
All students who enroll in the Environmental Sciences major in the Rubenstein School must fulfill the following requirements for graduation:
- Completion of the Rubenstein School’s core curriculum.
- Completion of the Rubenstein School’s general education requirements.
- Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours of courses.
- Completion of the Environmental Sciences minimal basic science/quantitative coursework:
- BCOR 11 and 12, Exploring Biology (8 cr.)
- CHEM 31 and 32, Introductory Chemistry (8 cr.)
- CHEM 42, Introduction to Organic Chemistry* (4 cr.)
- GEOL 55, Environmental Geology -or- PSS 161, Introduction to Soil Science (4 cr.)
- MATH 19 and 20, Calculus I and Calculus II** (6 cr.)
- NR 140, Applied Environmental Statistics (4 cr.) or STAT 141, Basic Statistics** (3 cr.)
- Completion of Environmental Sciences foundation courses:
- ENSC 1, Introduction to Environmental Sciences (3 cr.)
- ENSC 9, Orientation to Environmental Sciences* (1 cr.)
- ENSC 130, Global Environmental Assessment (3 cr.)
- ENSC 160, Pollutant Movement through Air, Land, and Water (4 cr.)
- ENSC 201, Recovery and Restoration of Altered Ecosystems (3 cr.)
- ENSC 202, Ecological Risk Assessment (3 cr.)
- Completion of focus track requirements (14 credits) in Agriculture and the Environment, Conservation Biology and Biodiversity, Ecological Design, Environmental Analysis and Assessment, Environmental Biology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Geology, Environmental Resources, or Water Resources. A list of courses approved for each track is available from the Program Director or Dean's Office or from the ENSC website. Students may also elect a self-designed track in a particular area of interest.
*Students interested in areas such as environmental analysis and assessment should consider taking more advanced courses such as CHEM 141/142.
** Also fulfills a Rubenstein School general education requirement.
*Internal and External Transfer students to ENSC are exempt from ENSC 9.
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