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Environmental Science Major, B.S.

B.S. degree

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Students pursuing an Environmental Science major are encouraged to meet with an advisor during the first semester of attendance at CMU.

A minor is recommended but not required.

Admission Requirements, Retention & Termination Standards

In order to declare a major in Environmental Science a student must meet the following criteria:

  1. An overall GPA of 2. 5 or higher
  2. A grade of C- or higher in each of the following courses: ENS 101QR, ENS 211, MTH 132, and CHM 131.

Students who reach 56 credit hours without meeting these criteria will need to sign an Intent to Major form. Once the student has met the criteria, the major may be declared.

Program Requirements

Core Courses (15 hours)

ENS 101QROf Earth and Us: Introduction to Environmental Science

3(2-2)

ENS 211Introduction to Professional Development in Environmental Science

1(1-0)

ENS 323Biogeochemical Cycling in the Environment

3(2-3)

ENS 307Environmental Field Sampling and Laboratory Analytics

4(2-4)

ENS 401Quantitative Environmental Data Analysis

3(2-2)

ENS 409/GEL 409Professional Development in the Fields of Environmental Science and

1(0-2)

Required Courses I (5-8 hours)

Select one of the following options:

Option A (8 hours)

CHM 131General Chemistry I

4(3-3)

CHM 132General Chemistry II

4(3-3)

Option B (5 hours)

CHM 141General Chemistry for Engineering Students

4(4-0)

CHM 142Introduction to Chemistry Lab

1(0-3)

Required Courses II (27 hours)

ENV 101Introduction to Environmental Studies

3(3-0)

GEL 308Water Resources and Hydrologic Processes

3(3-0)

GEL 380WIHydrogeology

4(3-3)

MET 301Climatology & Climate Change

3(3-0)

MTH 132Calculus I

4(4-0)

MTH 133Calculus II

4(4-0)

PHY 145QRUniversity Physics I

4(4-0)

STA 382QRElementary Statistical Analysis

3(3-0)

Required Courses III (3 hours)

Select one of the following:

ECO 301Environmental Economics

3(3-0)

ENV 300Environmental Justice: Race, Gender, Poverty

3(3-0)

ENV 310Environmental Issues Management

3(3-0)

ENV 360Water Resources Management

3(3-0)

ENV 365Energy and the Environment

3(3-0)

PSC 516Environmental Politics and Policy

3(3-0)

Required Courses IV (3 hours)

Select one of the following:
BIO 500Biological Statistics

3(2-2)

ENS 503WIEnvironmental Modeling

4(2-4)

GEL 502Geochemistry of Natural Waters

3(2-3)

GEL 509Applied Hydrologic Modeling

3(2-3)

GEO 508Applications of Remote Sensing

3(2-2)

GEO 528Environmental Modeling with GIS

3(2-2)

Electives I (9-12 hours)

Select from the following:
BIO 111Foundations of Evolution and Diversity

4(3-3)

BIO 112Foundations of Cell Biology

4(3-3)

BIO 213Foundations of Ecology

4(3-3)

CHM 211QRQuantitative Analysis

4(2-6)

CHM 331Inorganic Chemistry

3(2-4)

CHM 515Environmental Chemistry of the Great Lakes

2(1-3)

CPS 180Principles of Computer Programming

3(3-0)

EGR 201Introduction to Environmental Engineering

3(3-0)

GEL 130QREarth Processes

3(2-2)

GEL 305Engineering Geology

3(2-2)

GEL 340Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

4(3-3)

GEL 372Introduction to Geophysics

3(2-3)

GEL 385Introductory Petroleum Geology

3(2-2)

GEO 203QRIntroduction to Geographic Information Science

3(2-2)

GEO 303Geographic Information Systems

3(2-2)

GEO 308Fundamentals of Remote Sensing

3(2-2)

MTH 232Linear Algebra and Differential Equations

3(3-0)

MTH 233Calculus III

4(4-0)

PHY 146University Physics II

4(4-0)

Electives II (5-6 hours)

Select from the following:
CPS 106Spreadsheet Concepts

1(1-0)

ENG 303WITechnical Writing

3(3-0)

ENS 313Special Topics in Environmental Science

1-6(Spec)

ENS 349Phase I Environmental Site Assessment

1(1-0)

ENS 353Phase II Environmental Site Assessment

1(1-0)

ENS 389/GEL 389Well Construction and Design

1(1-0)

ENS 491Internship in Environmental Science

1-3(Spec)

ENS 597Independent Study in Environmental Science

1-3(Spec)

HNS 425Hazardous Materials Technology

3(3-0)

Total: 67-74 semester hours