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 40 core curriculum hours and a minimum of 12 elective hours:

Core Curriculum
ENVR 212Dynamic Earth and Environment4
or GEOL 212 Dynamic Earth and Environment
BIOL 242Diversity of Life: An Introduction to Zoology and Botany4
BIOL 243Processes of Life: Ecology and Evolution4
CHEM 231General Chemistry I4
ENVR 231Environmental Law, Justice, and Development2
ENVR 341Quantitative Methods for Environmental Analysis and Problem Solving4
ENVR 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
or ENVR 496 Environmental Science Internship
ENVR 494Environmental Science Capstone2
Select one approved field-intensive course (see list following electives below)4
Total Credits40
Electives
Select a minimum of 12 credits of the following in consultation with the program director:12
Organization of Life: Genetics and Cell Biology
Global Health
Parasitology
Invertebrate Zoology
Economic Botany
Plant Physiology
Plant Taxonomy
Marine Biology
Genetics 1
Field Zoology
Field Natural History
Principles of Organic Chemistry
Programming II: Object-Oriented Design
Principles of Macroeconomics
Economic Growth & Development 2
Independent Studies in Environmental Science
Sustainable Agriculture
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Environmental Geochemistry
Water: the Essential Natural Resource
Energy & Climate Change
Studies In Regional Geology
Process Geomorphology
Fundamentals of Geochemistry
Fundamentals of Mineral Science
Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
Introduction to Soil Science
Physics of the Earth
GIS Practicum
Field Geology
Hydrogeology
Topics in Development
Environmental Politics
Mathematical Modeling
Dakota Skies: Astronomy and Atmospheric Science in the Black Hills
Congress & Policy Process
Chicago
Total Credits12

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.