Environmental Science and Management

The major in environmental science and management, offered by the Department of Natural Resources Science, prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in the public and private sectors of natural resources management. Flexible course requirements allow students to develop individual areas of concentration and prepare for a variety of positions in environmental management after graduation. This major is also suitable for students who wish to become certified as teachers of environmental science and natural resources at the secondary level. In addition, the program provides a solid background for graduate study in several more specialized environmental science disciplines. Environmental science majors may meet the educational requirements for state and federal employment as biologists, natural resource specialists, environmental scientists, and other classifications.

Environmental Science and Management incorporates course work in water resources, geospatial technologies, wetland ecology, wildlife biology, soil science, forestry, and land use/environmental quality relationships.  Coursework emphasizes the field techniques that underpin environmental assessment and restoration. This is a comprehensive major that includes a solid background in the basic sciences and exposure to a broad array of subject matter relating to environmental science and management. This major provides solid preparation for more specialized study at the graduate level and prepares undergraduate students for professional careers in the public and private sectors of natural resources management. Flexible course requirements allow students to develop individual areas of concentration and prepare for a variety of positions in environmental science and management after graduation. This major is also suitable for students who wish to become certified as teachers of environmental science and natural resources at the secondary level. With proper course selection environmental science majors can meet the educational requirements for certifications by professional and governmental agencies as biologists, soil scientists, natural resource specialists, hydrologists, and other classifications.

The major requires 19 credits of professional courses, which include natural resource conservation (NRS 100), seminar in natural resources (NRS 200), physical geology (GEO 103), resource economics (EEC 105), introductory soil science (NRS 212), and conservation of populations and ecosystems (NRS 223). As part of the basic science requirements, environmental science and management majors must complete eight credits in introductory biological sciences (BIO 101/103 & 102/104); four credits in introductory chemistry (CHM 101/102 or CHM 103/105); four credits in organic chemistry (CHM 124/126); three credits in introductory calculus (MTH 131); three credits in introductory statistics (STA 308 or STA 409) and three to four credits in either introductory biochemistry (CMB 311), introductory microbiology (CMB 201 or CMB 211), or general chemistry II (CHM 112/114). Required concentration courses (24 credits) must be taken at the 300 level or above.

In addition, one course must be selected from each of the following groups: biological and ecological science; watershed and environmental quality; methods in environmental science; natural resources management; and land use management. These and the remaining concentration credits should be selected from courses offered by the Department of Natural Resources Science or from an approved list of courses. Up to six credits of letter grade experiential learning courses may be taken as concentration courses.