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, seminar in natural resources, physical geology, resource economics, introductory soil science, and conservation of populations and ecosystems. As part of the basic science requirements, environmental science and management majors must complete eight credits in introductory biological sciences; four credits in introductory chemistry; four credits in organic chemistry; three credits in introductory calculus; three credits in introductory statistics and three to four credits in either introductory biochemistry, introductory microbiology, or general chemistry II. 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.

Supporting electives (18-20 credits) must be selected from an approved list of courses, mostly at the 300 and 400 levels. At least nine supporting elective credits must be selected from NRS courses. Up to 15 credits of experiential learning courses may be taken toward satisfying concentration (letter grade courses only) and supporting elective requirements.