Along with specific requirements for any major, all students in the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programs must meet all general education and graduation requirements under a single catalog.

Students who complete an Environmental Science major are granted a Bachelor of Science degree unless they request a Bachelor of Arts degree. 

Requirements for a major in Environmental Science include 42 core curriculum hours and a minimum of 10 elective hours:

Core Curriculum
BIOL 242Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany4
BIOL 243Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution4
CHEM 231General Chemistry I4
ENVR 221Living in the Environment: An Introduction to Environmental Science4
ENVR 341Quantitative Methods for Environmental Analysis and Problem Solving4
GEOL 201Exploring the Dynamic Earth - Field4
or GEOL 211 Exploring the Dynamic Earth
GEOL 371Introduction to Geographic Information Systems2
HNGR 114Poverty, Justice and Transformation4
or URBN 114 Social Life of Cities
ENVR 381Environmental Pollution and Toxicology4
ENVR 495Environmental Science Research2-4
or ENVR 496 Environmental Science Internship
ENVR 494Environmental Studies Capstone2
Select one approved field-intensive course (see list following electives below)4
Total Credits42-44
Electives
Select a minimum of 10 credits of the following in consultation with the program director:10
Organization of Life: Genetics and Cell Biology
Plant Taxonomy
Economic Botany
Parasitology
Genetics 1
Marine Biology
Invertebrate Zoology
Field Zoology
Field Natural History
Economic Growth & Development 2
Environmental Modeling
Independent Studies in Environmental Science
Basic Applications in Agronomy
Introduction to Environmental and Geotechnical Engineering
Studies In Regional Geology
Process Geomorphology
Fundamentals of Geochemistry
Fundamentals of Mineral Science
General Petrology and Petrography
Introduction to Soil Science
Physics of the Earth
GIS Practicum
Appropriate Technology, Development, and the Environment
Field Geology
Hydrogeology
Topics in Development
Environmental Politics
Congress & Policy Process
Chicago
Total Credits10

Approved Field Intensive Courses:

Wheaton College Science Station

BIOL 242Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany4
BIOL 243Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution4
BIOL 382Field Natural History4
Since BIOL 242 and BIOL 243 are also core requirements, if either is used to meet the field course core requirement, an additional four hours of elective coursework is needed to meet the 52 total credit hours required for the major.

International Sustainable Development Studies Institute

At this semester abroad program student will take Agroecology, Political Ecology of Forests, and Islands, Oceans and Sustainability which fulfill field intensive requirements as well as 12 credits hours of environmental science major electives.

Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies

Varies by year. Check program website for course listing. Fulfills field-intensive requirement with approval by Director of Environmental Science based on student’s curricular goals.

Morton Arboretum

Varies by year. Check program website for current course listing. Fulfills field-intensive requirement with approval by Directory of Environmental Science based on student’s curricular goals.

Woods Hole Marine Biological Station

Varies by year. Check program website for course listing. Fulfills field-intensive requirement with approval by Director of Environmental Science based on student’s curricular goals.