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Environmental Science

Environmental Science Major

 

Learn from – and do research with – professors who are experts in their fields and who invest their time in you, so that you can understand the complex, real-world issues related to environmental science. Studying the environment inevitably means studying the ways we interact with it. At EMU we focus on how to improve our interactions toward conservation and sustainability.

At EMU, environmental science majors learn by doing. They build resumes that include environmental research and that boast coursework in a variety of disciplines. Biology, sociology and peacebuilding professors work together on environmental science courses that weave forward-thinking sustainability practices with issues of international and community development and conservation.

Alumni are employed in a variety of related fields and have advanced degrees.

Our graduate program in peacebuilding is also an asset to any undergrad in the fields of development and sustainability. Dozens of grad-level international scholars flock to EMU each year to study at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, and many professors around campus have decades of experience working and living overseas advocating for those in the margins.

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Curriculum

A major consists of 50 semester hours.

Core Courses: Introduction to Sustainability (12 SH)

  • BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology: Unity and Diversityof Life - 4  
  • BIOL 174 Concepts in Biology Seminar - 1  
  • BIOL 235 Ecology: Adaptation and Environment - 4  
  • SOC 245 Environmentand Society - 3  

Core Courses: Integration (18 SH)

  • *ENVS 205 Environmental Applications ofGIS - 3  
  • *ENVS 385Conservation Biology - 4  
  • *ENVS 325Environmental Ethics - 2  
  • *ENVS 365 Environmental Risk and Policy - 2  
  • ENVS 429 Environmental Sustainability Internship - 3  
  • ENVS 430 Environmental Sustainability Capstone - 2  
  • STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics  OR STAT 220 Inferential Statistics - 2 

Required Supporting Courses (9 SH)

  • BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar - 1  
  • CHEM 223 General Chemistry I - 4  
  • *CHEM 285 Environmental Chemistry - 4  

Environmental Science electives (5 SH)

Choose 5 SH of the following courses:

  • BIOL 215 Organismal Biology - 4  
  • BIOL 240 Molecular and Cellular Biology - 4
  • *BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology - 3  
  • *BIOL 358 Natural History of the ShenandoahValley - 4  
  • *BIOL 368 Blue Ridge Botany - 2
  • *BIOL388 Entomology - 3  
  • *BIOL 465 Topics in Advanced Ecology - 2  
  • CHEM 224 General Chemistry II - 4  
  • *CHEM 305 Alternative Energy - 2  
  • CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I - 4  
  • CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II - 4  
  • *CHEM 325 AnalyticalChemistry I - 2  
  • *CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II- 2  
  • ENVS 135 Earth Science - 2  
  • *ENVS 235 Sustainable Food Systems - 2  
  • *ENVS 379 Techniques in Environmental Monitoring - 1  

Social Sustainability electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH of the following courses:

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3  
  • SOC 225 Theories of Social Change - 3  
  • SOC 336 Methods of Social Research - 3  
  • *PXD 261 Community and Conflict AnalysisTechniques - 3  
  • PXD 375 Globalizationand Justice - 3  
  • SOC 210 Social Stratification - 3  
  • SOC 255 Social Movements - 3  
  • *SOC 350 Urban Sociology - 3  
  • *SOC 430 Environmental Justice - 3  
  • SOWK 360 Raceand Gender - 3  
  • BUAD 221 Principles of Management - 3  
  • BUAD 465 Project Management and Grantwriting - 3  
  • ECON 201 Surveyof Economics - 3  
  • ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics - 3  
  • ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3  
  • *ECON 300 Environmental and Ecological Economics - 3  
  • *ECON 311 Contemporary Economic Issues - 3  
  • *ECON 401 Development Economics - 3  
  • *ECON 411 International Economics - 3  
  • PXD 365 Social and Political Economy - 3  
  • PXD 485 Global Development - 3  
  • VACA 354  Conservation Photography - 4  

Enrollment in upper-level biology, biochemistry, chemistry and environmental science courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS 300s and 400s) requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all science and math courses (BIOL, BIOCH, CHEM, ENVS, MATH, PHYS). Students who fail to earn a C- in any coursework required for their major should promptly schedule a meeting with their advisor.

 

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