Environmental Sustainability

Environmental science concentration

The environmental science concentration focuses on the biological and chemical aspects of environmental sustainability.

Solid and challenging coursework in natural sciences prepares students to work on such issues as biodiversity and loss of species, pollution and toxicology, land use and degradation, waste management, resource depletion and energy consumption, climate change, and alternative agriculture.

Students focus on “traditional” environmental science courses from the disciplines of ecology, chemistry and physiology, but also learn the interdisciplinary nature of environmental research and issues while working with sociology, economics, and development professors.

Students may compete for Kauffman-Miller Research Awards, up to for $2500 for summer research supervised by EMU faculty. 

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Environmental Science Curriculum

Environmental Science Concentration
Core Courses

Introduction to Sustainability (11 SH)
BIOL 173 Concepts in Biology: Unity and Diversity of Life (4 SH) 
BIOL 235 Ecology: Adaptation & Environment (4 SH) 
SOC 245 Environment and Society (3 SH)

Integration (18 SH)
*ENVS 205 Environmental Applications of GIS  (3 SH)
*ENVS 385 Conservation Biology (4 SH) 
*ENVS 325 Environmental Ethics  (2 SH) 
*ENVS 365 Environmental Risk and Policy (2 SH) 
STAT 120 Descriptive Statistics (2 SH)
OR
STAT 220 Inferential Statistics. (2 SH)
ENVS 429 Environmental Sustainability Internship  (3 SH) 
ENVS 430 Environmental Sustainability Capstone (2 SH)

Required Supporting Courses (9 SH)
BIOL 255 Biology Research Seminar  1
CHEM 223 General Chemistry I (4 SH) 
*CHEM 285 Environmental Chemistry (4 SH) 

Electives

Environmental Science electives (5 SH) 

Choose 5 SH of the following courses:
BIOL 225 Molecules, Genes, and Cells (4 SH) 
*BIOL 327 Advanced Microbiology. (3 SH)
*BIOL 358 Natural History of the Shen. Valley (4 SH) 
*BIOL 378 Plant Ecophysiology (3 SH)
*BIOL 388 Entomology  (3 SH)
*BIOL 465 Topics in Advanced Ecology (2 SH) 
CHEM 224 General Chemistry II (4 SH) 
*CHEM 305 Alternative Energy (2 SH)
CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I  (4 SH) 
CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II (4 SH) 
*CHEM 325 Analytical Chemistry I (2 SH)
*CHEM 345 Analytical Chemistry II  (2 SH) 
ENVS 135 Earth Science (2 SH) 
*ENVS 235 Sustainable Food Systems (2 SH) 
*ENVS 335 Soil Science (2 SH)


Environmental and Social Sustainability electives (6 SH)

Choose 6 SH of the following courses:
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (3 SH)
SOC 225 Theories of Social Change (3 SH)
SOC 336 Methods of Social Research (3 SH)
*PXD 261 Community & Conflict Analysis Tech (3 SH)
PXD 375 Globalization & Justice (3 SH)
SOC 210 Social Stratification (3 SH)
SOC 255 Social Movements (3 SH)
*SOC 350 Urban Sociology (3 SH)
SOWK 360 Race & Gender (3 SH)
BUAD 221 Principles of Management (3 SH)
BUAD 465 Project Management and Grantwriting (3 SH)
ECON 201 Survey of Economics (3 SH)
ECON 211 Principles of Microeconomics (3 SH)
ECON 212 Principles of Macroeconomics (3 SH)
*ECON 300 Environ. and Ecological Economics (3 SH)
*ECON 311 Contemporary Economic Issues (3 SH)
*ECON 401 Development Economics (3 SH)
*ECON 411 International Economics  (3 SH)
PXD 365 Social and Political Economy (3 SH)
PXD 485 International Development (3 SH)

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