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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

    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 objectives for the Environmental Science program can be found in our Academic Catalog.
    Learning Objectives

    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 Educational Experience (SEE).

    Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

    Major Requirements

    FYS 100 or First Year Seminar or
    SCI 100 School of the Sciences Transfer Student Seminar
    BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics
    BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics
    BIO 114 General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms
    BIO 114L General Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms
    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
    CHEM 203 Environmental Chemistry
    CHEM 203L Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
    ENV 255 Techniques in Environmental Science
    ENV 275 Environmental Science
    ENV 285  Geographic Information Systems
    ENV 375 Environmental Ethics
    MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics
    MATH 220 Calculus I
    PHYS 210 or General Physics I or
    PHYS 215 General Physics I with Calculus
    PHYS 211 or General Physics II or
    PHYS 216 General Physics II with Calculus
    SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences

    Select ONE of the following two-course sequences:

    EC 202 Principles of  Microeconomics
    EC 440 Environmental Economics
    OR
    POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures
    LAW 375 Environmental Law
    OR
    POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures
    POSCI 3xx Environmental Policy

    Senior Capstone Experience

    Select ONE of the following six:

    ENV 450 Senior Research Capstone
    ENV 455 Senior Internship Capstone
    ENV 460 Senior Research Capstone
    ENV 460H Honors Senior Research Capstone
    ENV 465 Senior Internship Capstone 
    ENV 465H Honors Senior Internship Capstone

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

    Environmental Science Electives

    NOTE: Students may choose to take up to two biology and/or chemistry courses to fulfill ENV electives.

    Group 1
    (Select three):

    ENV 213 Ecology
    ENV 270 Animal Behavior
    ENV 260 Forest Ecology and Management
    ENV 280 Environmental Soil Science

    Group 2
    (Select three):

    ENV 307 Marine Biology
    ENV 310 Freshwater Ecosystems 
    ENV 315 Evolution 
    ENV 330 Conservation Biology
    ENV 340 Landscape Ecology
    ENV 360 Wildlife Ecology and Management
    ENV 410 The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem
    ENV 420 Restoration Ecology
    ENV 430 Ecosystem Delineation and Mitigation

    Group 3
    Any 2 additional BIO, CHEM, and/or ENV courses.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017

  • Tracks & Minors

    Tracks and Minors

    Minor

    Environmental Science studies the connections between humans and the environment. Therefore, a minor in environmental science is an excellent addition to many liberal arts majors and is particularly relevant to students interested in the environmental aspects of business, economics, policy, law, health, or for those simply interested in understanding our responsibility as caretakers of planet Earth.

    The minor in environmental science requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an ENV prefix. Courses ineligible for the environmental science minor include:

    • ENV 150 Society and the Environment
    • ENV 165 Science of the Chesapeake Bay

    Please see the Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences for further information regarding this minor. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

    Biology Department Honors Requirements

    Eligible students majoring in environmental science may elect to pursue honors within the Department of Biological Sciences. 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 or environmental science 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

    BS/MAT Option

    The BS/MAT option is available for students majoring in biology who wish to combine their bachelor's coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master's degree in teaching. Please see Additional Enrollment Options in the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.

    Last Updated: 06/07/2017

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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

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