B.S. in Environmental Science

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Environmental Science is a broad and interdisciplinary field primarily concerned with the interrelationships between the lithosphere, the hydrosphere, the atmosphere, and the biosphere. It integrates diverse scientific disciplines such as biology, chemistry, physics, geology, hydrology, atmospheric science, oceanography, and toxicology. Environmental science also touches on many other disciplines such as engineering, psychology, economics, communications, business, and public policy. Environmental science is very inclusive, because we all interact with the environment every single day and it is so critical to our survival.

Kennesaw State University’s Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science provides students a truly interdisciplinary program drawing on faculty expertise and existing courses in the natural sciences, engineering technology, policy, and law. Students completing this program are prepared to enter into industry, consulting, state agencies, or advanced professional programs in the environmental sciences. Graduates will be educated in assessment and control of pollutants, remediation and restoration of toxic sites, sustainable development, management and conservation of natural resources, and conducting environmental research.

  • General Education (42 Credit Hours)

    See listing of requirements in KSU catalog.

    Specific General Education Requirements for this Major:

    • MATH 1190 - Calculus I
    • MATH 1113 - Precalculus
    • CHEM 1211 - General Chemistry I
    • CHEM 1211L - General Chemistry I Laboratory
    • CHEM 1212 - General Chemistry II
    • CHEM 1212L - General Chemistry II Laboratory

    Lower Division Major Requirements (Area F) (18 Credit Hours)

    Lab/Math credit from General Education (2 credit hours)

    • BIOL 1107 - Biological Principles I
    • BIOL 1107L - Biological Principles I Laboratory
    • BIOL 1108 - Biological Principles II
    • BIOL 1108L - Biological Principles II Laboratory
    • PHYS 1111 - Introductory Physics I
    • PHYS 1111L - Introductory Physics Laboratory I
      or
    • PHYS 2211 - Principles of Physics I
    • PHYS 2211L - Principles of Physics Laboratory I
    • GEOL 1121K - Introductory Geosciences I

    Upper Division Major Requirements (49-51 Credit Hours)

    I. Environmental Science Core Courses

    • ENVS 2202K - Introduction to Environmental Science
    • BIOL 3300 - Genetics
    • BIOL 3300L - Genetics Laboratory
    • BIOL 3370 - Ecology
    • BIOL 3370L - Ecology Laboratory  
    • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics
      or
    • ENVS 4300 - Environmental Ethics
    • ENVS 3100K - Soil & Water Science

    II. Statistics Requirements

    • STAT 3125 - Biostatistics

    III. Chemistry Requirements

    • CHEM 3361 - Modern Organic Chemistry I
    • CHEM 3361L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab I
    • CHEM 3362 - Modern Organic Chemistry II
    • CHEM 3362L - Modern Organic Chemistry Lab II
    • CHEM 3700 - Environmental Chemistry
    • CHEM 3710L - Environmental Chemistry Lab

    IV. Political Science Requirement

    • POLS 3356 - U.S. Environmental Policy & Politics
    • ENVS 3450 - Conservation Biology

    V. Surveying Requirement

    • SURV 2110 - Introduction to Mapping

    VI. Environmental Science Electives (8-10 Credit Hours)

    Choose from the list below:

    • BIOL 3310K - Invertebrate Zoology
    • BIOL 3315K - Vertebrate Zoology
    • BIOL 4422K - Plant Ecology
    • BIOL 3340K - Microbiology
    • BIOL 3250K - Ecosystem Ecology
    • BIOL 3371K - Freshwater Ecology
    • BIOL 3650 - Marine Biology
    • BIOL 3700K - Ichthyology
    • BIOL 3372K - Aquatic Biodiversity
    • BIOL 3320K - Plant Morphology
    • BIOL 3380 - Evolutionary Biology
    • BIOL 4115 - Parasitology
    • CHEM 2800 - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 2800L - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 3701 - Atmospheric Chemistry
    • ENVS 3398 - Internship
    • ENVS 3350 - Oceanography
    • ENVS 3150K - Environmental Toxicology
    • ENVS 3730 - Natural Resource Management
    • ENVS 3450 - Conservation Biology
    • ENVS 4000K - Wetlands and Mitigation
    • STAT 3010 - Computer Applications of Statistics
    • STAT 3130 - Statistical Methods II
    • STAT 4120 - Applied Experimental Design
    • SURV 3421 - Geographic Information Systems I
    • SURV 4420 - Remote Sensing
    • SURV 4422 - Geographic Information Systems II

    Free Electives (9-11 Credit Hours)

    Any credit courses in the university curriculum.

    Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

    University-Wide Degree Requirements

    See listing of requirements.

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