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Environmental Science

Address global challenges by working to protect and improve the environment.

Stevenson's Environmental Science program is designed to prepare you to address the integral relationship between humankind and the environment.

  • Overview


    Bachelor of Science

    Stevenson's Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science gives you a foundation for understanding and improving the relationship between human society and the organisms, landforms, atmosphere, and ecosystems that make up our natural environment.

    This program will engage you in a study of the principles, methodologies, and practices of the life, physical, and mathematical sciences as they relate to the environment. The foundational concepts of human systems, such as businesses, governments, and communities, and their impact on the environment, will also be studied. An emphasis on experiential and lifelong learning will prepare you to meet the needs of today's society and the challenges of the future.

    What Will You Learn?

    • Solve environmental problems by integrating knowledge from the natural and social sciences.
    • Evaluate the effects of humans on the biosphere.
    • Apply field and laboratory research skills and techniques to the investigation of scientific questions.
    • Evaluate environmental issues and advances using scientific literature.
    • Communicate scientific findings in written and oral formats appropriate to the specific audience.
    • Conduct yourself in a manner consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the discipline.
    • Practice environmental stewardship.
    • Apply academic preparation to professional experiences outside the classroom

    A complete listing of learning outcomes for the Environmental Science program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Outcomes

    Why Study Environmental Science?

    This program is designed to address the critical national need for a more robust STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) workforce by providing the theoretical and experiential grounding in the sciences while simultaneously promoting the integrative types of thinking that are essential to tackling the global challenges of the 21st century, such as understanding the impact of human systems such as business, government, and community as they relate to the environment.

  • Courses & Requirements

    Courses and Requirements

    The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in Environmental Science. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson core curriculum. Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Some secondary requirements, which are noted by an asterisk (*) in the list below, can also be used to fulfill a core curriculum requirement.

    Major Requirements

    • BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    • BIO 113L General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics Laboratory
    • BIO 114 General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms
    • BIO 114L General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms Laboratory
    • BIO 115 General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution
    • CHEM 115 General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 115S General Chemistry I SoLVE
    • CHEM 116 General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory
    • CHEM 116S General Chemistry II SoLVE
    • ENV 201 Environmental Chemistry ~
    • ENV 201L Environmental Chemistry Laboratory ~
    • ENV 225 Techniques in Environmental Science ~
    • ENV 275 Environmental Science
    • (see BIO 275 for description)

    Capstone Experience

    Select one:

    • ENV 450 Research Capstone
    • ENV 460 Research Capstone
    • ENV 460H Research Capstone
    • ENV 455 Internship Capstone
    • ENV 465 Internship Capstone
    • ENV 465H Internship Capstone

    See BIO 450, 455, 460, 460H, 465, or 465H for description

    ++ Students selecting one of the 9 credit senior capstone options can take one less upper level Group 2 elective.

    Biology Electives

    Electives (Students may choose to take up to two Biology and/or Chemistry courses to fulfill ENV electives).

    Group 1 (Select THREE):

    • ENV 213 Ecology (see BIO 213 for description)
    • ENV 215 Evolution and Biodiversity ~
    • ENV 270 Animal Behavior (see BIO 270 for description)
    • ENV 260 Forestry ~
    • ENV 280 Soil Sciences ~

    Group 2 (Select THREE):

    • ENV 307 Marine Biology (see BIO 307 for description)
    • ENV 360 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    • (see BIO 360 for description)
    • ENV 310 Aquatic Ecology ~
    • ENV 330 Conservation Biology ~
    • ENV 340 Landscape Ecology ~
    • ENV 410 The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem ~
    • ENV 420 Restoration Ecology ~
    • ENV 430 Ecosystem Delineation and Mitigation ~

    Group 3: Any ENV elective

    Group 4: Any ENV elective

    Secondary Requirements

    • PHYS 210 General Physics I*
    • PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus*
    • PHYS 211 General Physics II*
    • PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus *
    • MATH 220 Calculus I*
    • MATH 235 Statistical Methods
    • SCI 100 School of the Sciences New Student Seminar
    • GEO 330 Geographical Information Systems
    • Select ONE of the following two-course sequences:
    • EC 202 Principles of Economics: Introduction to Microeconomics
    • EC 440 Environmental Economics
    • POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures
    • LAW 375 Environmental Law
    • PHIL 215 Ethics
    • PHIL 3xx Environmental Ethics ~
    • POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures
    • POSCI 3xx Environmental Policy ~

    ~Course under development

    Environmental Science Resource Guide

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Biology Department Honors Requirements

    Eligible students majoring in Environmental Science may elect to pursue honors within the biology department. The intention to pursue biology department honors must be declared no later than the end of the first semester of the junior year. To declare the intent to pursue departmental honors, a student must have earned a science GPA of 3.50 or higher.

    Students graduating with biology department honors will have this distinction noted on their official university transcript. In order to graduate with departmental honors, the following requirements must be met:

    • Completion of a 400-level capstone experience with a grade of "B" or better
    • Completion of BIO 440 Seminar Topics in Biology with a grade of "B" or better
    • Completion of an Honors Contract Project in an upper-level biology course. A grade of "B" or better must be earned in the course in which an Honors Contract Project is completed. The student must submit a contract project proposal to be approved by department faculty before beginning the project. The final project must be approved by department faculty in order to receive honors credit.
    • A science GPA of 3.50 or higher at the time of graduation


    A minor is not available in environmental science at this time.

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What Can You Do With This Degree?

Graduates of our Environmental Science program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Air Quality Engineer
• Agricultural Scientist
• Ecologist
• Environmental Analyst
• Oceanographer
• Natural Resources Manager
• Conservationist

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.


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