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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.


Stevenson University's Environmental Science program gives students the opportunity to learn in a rich natural environment right outside the classroom doors and at the nearby Chesapeake Bay. (Banner photo by Peter Hoblitzell:

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Career Opportunities

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 Office of Career Services.

Courses and Tracks


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 First Year Seminar 1 credit
BIO 112 Principles of General Biology 3 credits
BIO 113 General Biology I: Cell Biology and Genetics 3 credits
BIO 113L General Biology I Laboratory: Cell Biology and Genetics 1 credit
BIO 114 General Biology II: Structure and Function of Organisms 3 credits
BIO 114L General Biology II Laboratory: Structure and Function of Organisms 1 credit
BIO 115 General Biology III: Ecology and Evolution 3 credits
BIO 218 Career Connections in the Life Sciences 1 credit
CHEM 114 General Chemistry I with Problem Solving 3 credits
CHEM 115 General Chemistry I 3 credits
CHEM 115L General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 116 General Chemistry II 3 credits
CHEM 116L General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 credit
CHEM 203 Environmental Chemistry 3 credits
CHEM 203L Environmental Chemistry Laboratory 1 credit
ENV 255 Techniques in Environmental Science 3 credits
ENV 275 Environmental Science 3 credits
ENV 285 Geographic Information Systems 3 credits
ENV 375 Environmental Ethics 3 credits
ENV 470 Capstone Internship 3 credits
ENV 471 Capstone Internship 6 credits
ENV 475 Capstone Seminar 3 credits
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics 4 credits
SCI 215 Writing in the Sciences 3 credits


Select two of the following courses:

EC 201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 credits
EC 202 Principles of Microeconomics 3 credits
EC 240 Environmental Economics 3 credits
LAW 375 Environmental Law 3 credits
POSCI 102 American Government: Political Institutions and Procedures 3 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 213ENV 260ENV 280ENV 310ENV 320ENV 330ENV 360ENV 362ENV 365ENV 410ENV 420BIO 203BIO 210BIO 217BIO 222BIO 230BIO 270BIO 280BIO 307,  BIO 310BIO 312BIO 313BIO 314BIO 315BIO 322BIO 326BIO 330BIO 332BIO 335BIO 362CHEM 206CHEM 210/210L, CHEM 211/CHEM 211LCHEM 221CHEM 310, CHEM 330, CHEM 345, CHEM 346L, CHEM 410

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

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.

Minors at Stevenson

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

Laboratory Tours

Featured Equipment

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

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Peter Hoblitzell '16

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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.
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Student in 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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