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.

    General Education Requirements Specific to This Major

    • Area A2: MATH 1113
    • Area D1: MATH 1190
    • Area D2: (CHEM 1211 and CHEM 1211L) and (CHEM 1212 and CHEM 1212L)

    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

    Major Requirements (55 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 3310K - Invertebrate Zoology
      or
    • BIOL 3315K - Vertebrate Zoology
      or
    • BIOL 4422 - Plant Ecology

    • BIOL 4486 - Bioethics
      or
    • ENVS4300 - Environmental Ethics

    • ENVS 3100K - Soil and Water Science

    • ENVS 4399 - Environmental Science Seminar
      or
    • BIOL 4399 - Seminar

    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 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

    See footnotes 1 and 2 (below). Choose from the list below:

    • BIOL 3310L - Directed Methods
    • BIOL 3310K - Invertebrate Zoology
    • BIOL 3315K - Vertebrate Zoology
    • BIOL 3340 - 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
    • BIOL 4400 - Directed Study
    • BIOL 4422K - Plant Ecology
    • CHEM 2800 - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
    • CHEM 2800L - Quantitative Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
    • CHEM 3701 - Atmospheric Chemistry
    • ENVS 3110L - Directed Methods
    • ENVS 3150K - Environmental Toxicology
    • ENVS 3350 - Oceanography
    • ENVS 3398 - Internship
    • ENVS 3720 - Sustainability at KSU
    • ENVS 3730 - Natural Resource Management
    • ENVS 3450 - Conservation Biology
    • ENVS 4000K - Wetlands and Mitigation
    • ENVS 4400 - Directed Study
    • 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
    • BIOL 4242K - Ecological Genetics

    Free Electives (5 Credit Hours)

    Any credit courses in the university curriculum.

    Program Total (120 Credit Hours)

    University-Wide Degree Requirements

    See listing of requirements.


    NOTES:

    1. A maximum of eight credit hours from BIOL 3110L, BIOL 4400, ENVS 3110L, or ENVS 4400 can be used to satisfy environmental science electives.
    2. A maximumof four credit hours of ENVS 3398 may be used to satisfy environmental science electives.

 

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