Environmental Science

School of the Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Chair: Wendy L. Kimber, Ph.D.

Description

The environmental science program is designed to prepare students to address the integral relationship between humankind and the environment. There is a growing recognition of the impact of humans on organisms, landforms, the atmosphere, and ecosystems. This program will engage students in a study of the principles, methodologies, and practices of the life, physical, and mathematical sciences as they relate to the environment. The foundational concepts of human systems, such as businesses, governments, and communities, and their impact on the environment will also be studied. An emphasis on experiential and lifelong learning will also prepare graduates to meet the needs of today’s society.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, graduates will be able to:

  1. Solve environmental problems by integrating knowledge from the natural and social sciences.
  2. Evaluate the effects of humans on the biosphere.
  3. Apply field and laboratory research skills and techniques to the investigation of scientific questions.
  4. Evaluate environmental issues and advances using scientific literature.
  5. Communicate scientific findings in written and oral formats appropriate to the specific audience.
  6. Conduct himself or herself in a manner consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
  7. Practice environmental stewardship.
  8. Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all major and Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to take a science or math course unless he/she earns a grade of "C" or better in all prerequisite courses.

A student may not earn a grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course more than three times during the program. If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower is earned in any science or math course, the student will be automatically dismissed from the environmental science major.

Probation : The student who earns any combination of two grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on probation in the School of the Sciences.

Final Probation: The student who earns any combination of three grades of “C-” or lower in a science or math course will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she is on final probation in the School of the Sciences.

Dismissal: If a fourth grade of “C-” or lower in any science or math course is earned, the student will be notified, in writing, by the department chair that he or she has been dismissed from the major.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in environmental science. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

SCI 100School of Sciences New Student Seminar

1 credit

BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics

3 credits

BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics

1 credit

BIO 114General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms

3 credits

BIO 114LGeneral Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms

1 credit

BIO 115General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution

3 credits

CHEM 115General Chemistry I

3 credits

CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 115SGeneral Chemistry I SoLVE

0 credits

CHEM 116General Chemistry II

3 credits

CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory

1 credit

CHEM 116SGeneral Chemistry II SoLVE

0 credits

CHEM 203Environmental Chemistry

3 credits

CHEM 203LEnvironmental Chemistry Laboratory

1 credit

ENV 255Techniques in Environmental Science

3 credits

ENV 275Environmental Science

3 credits

ENV 285Geographic Information Systems

3 credits

ENV 375Environmental Ethics

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

MATH 220Calculus I

4 credits

PHYS 210General Physics I

4 credits

or

PHYS 215General Physics I with Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 211General Physics II

4 credits

or

PHYS 216General Physics II with Calculus

4 credits

SCI 215Writing in the Sciences

3 credits

Select ONE of the following two-course sequences:

EC 202Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

EC 440Environmental Economics

3 credits

OR

POSCI 102American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures

3 credits

LAW 375Environmental Law

3 credits

OR

POSCI 102American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures

3 credits

POSCI 3xx Environmental Policy

Senior Capstone Experience (Select ONE of the six):

ENV 450Senior Research Capstone

5 credits

ENV 455Senior Internship Capstone

5 credits

ENV 460Senior Research Capstone

9 credits

ENV 460HHonors Senior Research Capstone

9 credits

ENV 465Senior Internship Capstone

9 credits

ENV 465HHonors Senior Internship Capstone

9 credits

NOTE: Students selecting one of the 9 credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Group 2 elective.

Environmental Science Electives:

NOTE: Students may choose to take up to two biology and/or chemistry courses to fulfill ENV electives.

Group 1 (Select THREE):

ENV 213Ecology

4 credits

ENV 270Animal Behavior

3 credits

ENV 260Forest Ecology and Management

4 credits

ENV 280Environmental Soil Science

4 credits

Group 2 (Select THREE):

ENV 307Marine Biology

4 credits

ENV 310Freshwater Ecosystems

4 credits

ENV 315Evolution and Phylogenetics

3 credits

ENV 330Conservation Biology

3 credits

ENV 340Landscape Ecology

ENV 360Wildlife Ecology and Management

4 credits

ENV 410The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem

3 credits

ENV 420Restoration Ecology

ENV 430Ecosystem Delineation and Mitigation

Group 3:

Any 2 additional BIO, CHEM, and/or ENV courses.

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence

Minor in Environmental Science

A minor in environmental science is not available.

Other Options

Biology Department Honors Requirements: Eligible students majoring in environmental science may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Biological Sciences. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue departmental honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of “B” or better
  • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology or environmental science course. A grade of “B” or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
  • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation

BS/MAT Option: The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in biology who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.n.

Course Descriptions

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