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Environmental Sciences

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Professors: Blechman, Ebert; Associate Professors: Allen, Castendyk, Hasbargen, Johnson, Koeddermann, Mills (Program Director), Payne, Vogler; Assistant Professors: Ellis, Fulkerson, Fuller, Heilveil, Keel, Koch, Lascell, Mann, Wong; Lecturers: Olstad, Oyewumi


Instruction is primarily by faculty from the departments of Biology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Geography, Philosophy, Political Science, and Sociology. Individual course descriptions are primarily listed under the corresponding departments within the program.


The Environmental Sciences Program presents the major scientific concepts fundamental to environmental concerns and awareness in a "global view" of a rapidly changing society. The objectives of this interdisciplinary program are threefold: 1) to prepare students for graduate study and/or professional career opportunities within the field of environmental science, 2) to serve as a terminal degree program within the liberal arts for students with interests in entry-level employment, and 3) to offer a wide selection of service courses for non-science oriented students who may desire information on selected portions of the program.


Bachelor of Science


Environmental Science


Environmental Science Biology

Environmental Science Planning

Requirements for the Major

38-44 s.h. of Environmental Science courses plus 38-41 s.h. in related course work, which includes courses in Biology, Math, Statistics, Geology, Geography, Meteorology, Oceanography, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, and Sociology for a total of 76-85 s.h.

Requirements for Minors

These minors are intended to offer students that have a particular interest in the environmental sciences but are pursuing other degrees. The ENVS Biology minor must complete these six courses: ENVS 101, ENVS 201, ENVS 250, ENVS 320, BIOL 181, BIOL 282 for a total of 20 s.h. of credit. The ENVS Planning minor must complete these five courses: ENVS 101, ENVS 201, ENVS 250, GEOG 201, GEOG 236 and one course from the following: GEOG 217, GEOG 225, GEOG 237, GEOG 305, GEOG 227, or GEOG 348 for a total of 18 s.h. of credit.

Supplemental Information

The major departments participating in the Environmental Sciences Program are noted for instructional excellence. Many of the faculty members from these departments have received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Many of the faculty have ongoing research programs in environmentally-related areas of their respective disciplines. Students work with faculty on research on campus, at the Biological Field Station, and at other field sites locally and regionally. Employment opportunities in environmental fields are among the most common of all scientific areas. The program is involved with the Cornell-Hanlon-Gladstone-Kaufmann Lecture in Environmental Education and Communication, which brings a speaker of national prominence to campus each year to address the college community on an environmental topic.

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