| General University and College Requirements for all Baccalaureate Degree Programs
Offered in the Department
The Department of Environmental Sciences (DES) offers Bachelor of Arts (BA) degrees
in Environmental Studies and Geology, as well as Bachelor of Sciences (BS) degrees
in Biology, Environmental Sciences, Geology, a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with
a concentration in Geophysics, and a BS in Environmental Sciences linked in a 3+2
program with a Master of Science in Public Health. The department also offers minors
in Geology and Environmental Sciences.
All departmental undergraduate degree programs require 124 semester credits that include
fulfillment of both University and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM)
requirements in addition to the specific requirements of the major. Of these 124
credits, at least 64 must be completed at the 2000 or higher level and at least 32
must be completed at the 3000 or 4000 level.
| General Education Requirements
- English Composition I & II: ENGL 1110 (3 credits) and one of the following: ENGL 1130-1150, 2950, 2960 (3 credits).
Students in the Honors Program satisfy this requirement with alternative honors readings
courses. Students must achieve a "C" or better in these courses.
- Multicultural Courses: One course must involve U.S. culture and the other non-western culture. There are
a number of designated courses that satisfy these requirement.
- Math and Other Competency Areas: These requirements are met by fulfilling the college and departmental requirements.
Students must achieve a "C" or better collectively for these courses.
|College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Requirements
- Orientation Course: NSM 1000 (1 credit), a one hour orientation course is required for incoming 1st year students. DES usually teaches several sections of NSM 1000 for those incoming
students who have declared a major (or expressed an interest) in biology (ecology
concentration), environmental sciences/studies or geology.
- Writing Intensive Courses: Students must complete two courses designated as writing intensive (WAC-writing across
the curriculum). The first WAC course is taken after completion of the English Composition
requirements and may be taken from any department. The second WAC course is a junior/senior
level course required for the major (EEES 3900 for biology, environmental sciences/studies
majors; EEES 3220 for geology majors).
- Foreign Language Requirement: Students enrolled in a BA degree program are required to demonstrate proficiency
in a single foreign language through the elementary (foreign languages 1120) level
by successfully completing a foreign language course at this level or by achieving
an appropriate score on a proficiency/placement test administered by the Department
of Foreign Languages that reflects the equivalent. Alternatively, students may satisfy
the foreign language requirement by studying abroad for at least once semester in
an approved study abroad/exchange program for academic credit. Students in a BS degree
program do not have a foreign language degree requirement.
- Humanities Requirement: In addition to the General Education requirement of two courses for six credits, BA
students complete nine added credit hours that include one history, one fine arts
and one literature course. No more than six humanities credits can be from the same
- Social Science Requirement: In addition to the General Education requirement of two courses for six credits,
students in a BA degree program in NSM are required to take one additional course
for a total of nine hours. No more than six social science credits can be from the
- Natural Science Requirement: Two or three science/mathematics courses from two or three different departments outside
of the student’s major are required for the BA and the BS degree, respectively. These
courses must be major-level and may be taken care of within the requirements of the