The Science of the Environment Concentration

The purpose of the Science of the Environment concentration is to prepare science majors for the study of our natural environment and how to solve the relevant problems facing it. Students are required to complete 19-20 hours of course work (research included) to fulfill the requirements for the Science in the Environment concentration. This is in addition to those courses required for the student’s major (see exceptions in the IMPORTANT NOTE below).

Life Science Selection
Select one of the following:4
Aquatic Ecology
Biology Of Water Pollution
Restoration Ecology
Global Change Ecology
Conservation Biology
Physical Science Selection
Select one of the following:4
Chemical Analysis
and Laboratory Techniques
Environmental Chemistry
Our Changing Climate 1
Environmental Geology
Techniques Courses
Select two of the following:7-8
Biometrics
Topics in Biology
Bioanalytical Chemistry
Instrumental Analysis
Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
Research Course
BIO 400ECCE: Undergraduate Research 24
Total Hours19-20
1

Students must select the four-hour option of this course to meet concentration requirements. 

2

This must be taken in an environmentally-related research project. Students should consult with their advisor about on-going projects. Internships may also satisfy the research requirement.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students may not use a major course requirement to satisfy a concentration requirement (or vice versa), with the following exceptions:

  • BIO 402 Biometrics – Biology Honors track students may count BIO 402 toward their Honors in Biology, as well as toward the concentration requirements.

  • BIO 400 ECCE: Undergraduate Research – Biology majors can use BIO 400 toward their Honors in Biology.

  • BIO Elective – Biology majors may use their “Life Science” selection from the concentration to satisfy their Biology elective requirement.

Degree Plan*

*Listed below is a SUGGESTED Degree Plan.  For OFFICIAL program information, please refer to the catalog content above and consult your academic advisor.

Year 1
Fall Hours
ENG 1012Rhetoric and College Writing3
Visual/Performing Arts OR Humanities Requirement23
COM 1122Oral Communication3
Freshman Seminar23
CHE 141 or BIO 1411General Chemistry I4
 Hours16
Spring  
ENG 1022College Writing and Civic Engagement3
Visual/Performing Arts OR Humanities Requirement23
Comparative Societies (Humanities or Soc Sci)23
Social/Behavioral Science Course23
CHE 142 or BIO 2411General Chemistry II4
 Hours16
Year 2
Fall  
Humanities23
Math Skills23
Social/Behavioral Science Course23
ECCE Requirement3,63
BIO 141 or CHE 1411Unity of Living Organisms4
 Hours16
Spring  
Math Applied23
Social/Behavioral Science Course23
UNI 3013ECCE: Speakers Series1
ECCE Requirement3,63
CHE 142 or BIO 2411General Chemistry II4
 Hours14
Year 3
Fall  
CHE 3224Laboratory Techniques1
BIO 3014General Seminar3
BIO 3454General Microbiology3
BIO 3464General Microbiology Lab1
CHE 2671Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2681Organic Chemistry I Laboratory1
 Hours12
Spring  
BIO 3614Comparative Vertebrate Biology4
BIO 3114Cell Biology4
Upper Division elective or minor course54
Upper Division elective or minor course54
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall  
BIO 3714Principles Of Ecology4
BIO 3514Organismal Botany4
Upper Division elective or minor course54
Upper Division elective or minor course54
 Hours16
Spring  
BIO 3814Genetics4
Upper Division Biology Elective44
Upper Division elective or minor course54
ECCE Requirement3,63
 Hours15
 Total Hours: 121
1

Lower Divisional Foundation course requirements - 20 Hours

2

General Education requirements - 39 Hours

3

These courses fulfill ECCE requirements – 10 Hours

4

Biology major course work – 32 Hours

5

Upper Division elective – minimum 20 Hours

6

Either ECCE Global Awareness or ECCE U.S. Communities must be 300 or 400 level.  Both cannot be 100-200 level.  Both may be 300-400 level. Students must complete ECCEs in at least two of three ECCE categories in addition to Speakers Series (total 10 hours).