Majors and Courses

Environmental Science

NOTE: This major is no longer available, new students are to select an appropriate Environmental Analysis Program from one of the colleges.

Environmental science entails the study of the natural science environment and can lead to career opportunities with government agencies, environmental monitoring and consulting organizations, and wildlife conservation groups.  Students should consult with advisors concerning their specific educational and professional goals.

The major requires twelve courses as a minimum program; students wishing to continue their education in biology-related graduate programs or to enter the job market should consult the faculty for advice at the earliest possible opportunity.


Biology 43,44, Introductory Biology or both semesters of the AISS course                   
Biology 175 Applied Biostats preferred or approved course 
Chemistry 14,15 Basic Principles of Chemistry (or 29 Advanced General Chem.) or both semesters of the AISS course
Geology 20C (or PO 110) Environmental Geology

5 Advanced courses in Biology that must include:

  • Ecology (Bio 146)
  • Natural Resource Management (Bio 159)
  • Course in Field Biology
  • 2 electives (one may be substituted with Organic Chemistry)

Biology 190L, 191, 188L-190L, 189L-190L*           One or two-semester Thesis in Biology

A semester abroad or summer study in field ecology.

* In general, a one-semester thesis (191), an extensive library research thesis; (190L), a one-semester experimental thesis; and a two semester thesis (188L and 190L), a laboratory or field research project or (189L and 190L), a substantial research project conducted during the summer after the junior year; this course may not be counted as one of the advanced biology electives.