Address Global Challenges & Protect the Environment


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.

Graduates of the Environmental Science program will:

  • 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 himself or herself 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.

Above and Beyond the Classroom

Experiential learning is at the heart of a Stevenson University education. The tree canopies above us are an important part of the larger ecosystem, although they are above our heads and we barely notice. Stevenson University Environmental Science major Ian Sachs explores the tree canopies of Stevenson’s Owings Mills campus to discover and document the living things that call these heights their home.

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Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Environmental Science Majors

A degree in Environmental Sciences can help prepare you for exciting careers of great diversity, 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 Career Connection Center.


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 100First Year Seminar1 credit
BIO 112Principles of General Biology3 credits
BIO 113General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics3 credits
BIO 113LGeneral Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics1 credit
BIO 114General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms3 credits
BIO 114LGeneral Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms1 credit
BIO 115General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution3 credits
BIO 218Career Connections in the Life Sciences1 credit
CHEM 114General Chemistry I with Problem Solving3 credits
CHEM 115General Chemistry I3 credits
CHEM 115LGeneral Chemistry I Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 116General Chemistry II3 credits
CHEM 116LGeneral Chemistry II Laboratory1 credit
CHEM 203Environmental Chemistry3 credits
CHEM 203LEnvironmental Chemistry Laboratory1 credit
ENV 255Techniques in Environmental Science3 credits
ENV 275Environmental Science3 credits
ENV 285Geographic Information Systems3 credits
ENV 375Environmental Ethics3 credits
ENV 470Capstone Internship3 credits
ENV 471Capstone Internship6 credits
ENV 475Capstone Seminar3 credits
MATH 136Introduction to Statistics4 credits
SCI 215Writing in the Sciences3 credits

Select two of the following courses:

EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics3 credits
EC 202Principles of Microeconomics3 credits
EC 240Environmental Economics3 credits
LAW 375Environmental Law3 credits
POSCI 102American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures3 credits

Environmental Science Electives:

Take six courses from the following courses listed below

  • At least three courses must be at the 300- or 400-level
  • At least three courses must be lab courses
  • A maximum of two courses with the BIO or CHEM course prefix designator
  • A maximum of one research course

ENV 213, ENV 260, ENV 280, ENV 310, ENV 320, ENV 330, ENV 360, ENV 362, ENV 365, ENV 410, ENV 420, BIO 203, BIO 210, BIO 217, BIO 222, BIO 230, BIO 270, BIO 280, BIO 307, BIO 310, BIO 312, BIO 313, BIO 314, BIO 315, BIO 322, BIO 326, BIO 330, BIO 332, BIO 335, BIO 362, CHEM 206, CHEM 210/CHEM 210L, CHEM 211/CHEM 211L, CHEM 221, CHEM 310, CHEM 346L

Students can take either BIO 217 or BIOCH 327 but not both. Students can take BIO 322 or BIO 326 but not both.

Explore our academic catalog for a full listing of courses, course descriptions, suggested course sequences, and more.

Minors and Other Options

Minor in Environmental Science

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 environmental science 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.

Service-Learning Options

Service learning options are offered periodically with some environmental science courses. Please consult the course instructor or the department chair if you have any questions.

Laboratory Tours

Featured Equipment

  • Binocular Light Microscopes
  • Herbarium
  • Plant Cell Culture Hood
  • Temperature-controlled Incubators
  • Preserved Biological Specimens
  • Laptop Computers

Meet Our Students & Alumni

Following the Call of the Wild

Peter Hoblitzell

From a young age, Stevenson alumnus Peter Hoblitzell could be found digging around in the woods and streams near his house. Eventually, he began exploring local forests and national parks, discovering his love of the outdoors that has defined his life since.

Environmental Science News

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Professional Minor

Lead and manage a scientific team or your own professional practice.

Students majoring in Environmental Science can prepare to direct projects and teams with a professional minor in Applied Management, opening doors to leadership careers in the scientific industry, clinical management, or business.

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