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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Altoona

Environmental Studies

Altoona College (ENVBS)

Professor Darin Zimmerman, Head

This interdisciplinary major is designed to provide students with an integrated and critical knowledge of the natural environment and human interactions with it. Students will receive a strong foundation in the natural and physical sciences, but will extend their studies across several disciplines, emphasizing both public policy issues and the role of the natural environment in literature, history, and culture. The goal of the program is "ecological literacy," which means that students will develop a broad-based understanding and awareness of environments and environmental issues, and they will develop the problem-solving and technical skills to address those issues. Program requirements include interdisciplinary courses in environmental studies and a broad array of courses in biology, geology, chemistry, physics, geography, economics, political science, English, history, and philosophy. By selecting appropriate electives to supplement the "additional courses" requirement of the major, students may develop an emphasis in either a specific field (i.e., biology) or in a general area of study (natural science, social science, and humanities).

The B.S. in Environmental Studies will better prepare our graduates for graduate studies and/or employment in the sciences (e.g., ecology, geosciences, environmental sciences, and physical geography). Many graduate programs require at least one semester of calculus, chemistry, and physics. Furthermore, the requirements of additional 400-level courses in the sciences will permit students to target their undergraduate studies in a particular area of science so that they are best prepared for graduate work in their area of choice and/or employment.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
For entrance into the Environmental Studies B.S. program, students must have completed the following course ENVST 100(3) and have received a grade of C or better in the course.

For the B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, a minimum of 121 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendations by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(24 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES, GENERAL EDUCATION course selections or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 12 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 88-90 credits
(This includes 24 credits of General Education courses as follows: 3 credits of GH courses; 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (56 credits)[1]
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4)[1], CHEM 020(3)[1], CHEM 021(1)[1], ENGL 180 GH(3)[1], ENVST 100 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], ENVST 200(3)[1], GEOSC 001(3)[1], PHYS 250 GN(4)[1], SOILS 101 GN(3)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
CHEM 202(3)[1], ECON 428(3)[1], GEOG 115 GN(3)[1], GEOG 160 GS(3)[1], HIST 453(3)[1], PHIL 403(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
ENVST 400W(3)[1] (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (20-22 credits)
ECON 102 GS(3)[1] or ECON 104 GS(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 222(3)[1] or BIOL 230W GN(4)[1] or BIOL 240W GN(4)[1] (Sem: 3-4)
PL SC 135 GS(3)[1] or PL SC 425(3)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
STAT 200 GQ(4)[1] or STAT 250 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
Select ENVST 395(3)[1] and INTSP 370(1)[1]; or ENVST 496(4)[1]; or ENVST 296(1)[1] and ENVST 496(3)[1](Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from the three departmental lists (6 in natural science department list, 3 in social science department list, and 3 in arts and humanities department list in consultation with an academic adviser.)
At least nine credits must be at the 400-level.

[1]A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2013

Blue Sheet Item #: 41-06-014

Review Date: 04/09/2013