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Academics: Environmental Science Major

Earn an environmental science major with a chemistry emphasis

If you want to pursue a career requiring scientific training in environmental problems and their solutions, an environmental studies major will prepare you for jobs in a variety of fields. You can also continue your education through graduate programs such as ecology, environmental science, natural resource management or environmental biology.

Admission to the program

The prerequisite to enter the environmental science program is a minimum average of "C" (2.0) in three college-level science courses and approval by the committee which oversees the environmental science program.

Graduation requirements

To graduate with an environmental science major, you must complete the following courses:

  • Chemistry 103 and 104 - General Chemistry I, II
  • Chemistry 201 - Analytical Chemistry
  • One of the following two courses:
    • Chemistry 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry
    • Chemistry 261 - Organic Chemistry I
  • Chemistry 271 - Environmental Chemistry
  • Chemistry 281 - Laboratory in Environmental Chemistry
  • One of the following three courses:
    • Chemistry 262 - Organic Chemistry II
    • Chemistry 304 - Physical Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
    • Chemistry 323 - Biochemistry
  • Biology 123 - The Living World
  • Biology 224 - Cellular and Genetic Systems
  • Biology 345 - Ecosystem Ecology and Management
  • Geology 151 - Introduction to Geology
  • Geology 311 - Geomorphology
  • Geology 312 - Environmental Geology
  • One of the following courses:
    • Biology 225 - Ecological and Evolutionary Systems
    • Geology 212 - Structural Geology
    • Geology 304 - Geochemistry
    • Geology 317 - Sedimentation & Stratigraphy
    • Geology 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
    • an approved alternative course

Cognates

  • One of the following course sequences
    • Mathematics 132 (or 171) and 143
    • Mathematics 171, 172 and 243
  • Environmental Studies 210
  • Environmental Studies 302
  • Environmental Studies 395

Should you consider an environmental studies group minor?

If you want to pursue graduate study in chemistry, but are also interested in studying environmental issues at the local, national and global levels, consider earning an environmental studies minor along with your chemistry major. Because the study of environmental issues is truly interdisciplinary, the environmental studies minor is appropriate for students majoring in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences.

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