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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Environmental Science

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College (ENVSC)

A.M. FOYLE, in charge

The B.S. in Environmental Science (ENVSC) employs the principles, processes, and methodologies of the life and physical sciences to develop an integrated understanding of the environment and the effects associated with human use of the Earth's natural resources. Students will work in interdisciplinary teams in a capstone course and in environmental research/internship projects attuned to Great Lakes, water resources, and energy resources issues. Students choosing the Environmental Field Science option will obtain additional strengths in field biology, geographic information systems, and environmental geoscience and field methods. Those choosing the Environmental Lab Science option will obtain additional strengths in analytical chemistry and environmental geochemistry. The curriculum permits additional specialization in allied areas through completion of minors in chemistry, biology, or statistics.

For the B.S. degree in Environmental Science, a minimum of 121 credits is required, with at least 15 credits at the 400 level. Each student must earn at least a grade of C in each 300- and 400-level prescribed, additional, and supporting course.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(27 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 selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

ELECTIVES 0-1 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 102-103 credits
(This includes 27 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 3 credits of GWS courses)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 69-70 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (40 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 202(3), ENGL 202C GWS(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), GEOG 161(1), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)
BIOL 402W(3), ENVSC 400W(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (23-24 credits)
CIVCM 211 GS(3) or SUST 200 GS(3) or PL SC 001 GS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
SCM 200 GQ(4) or STAT 200 GQ(4) or STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
EARTH 002 GN(3) or GEOG 010 GN(3) or GEOSC 001(3) (Sem: 3-5)
PHIL 103 GH(3) or PHIL 119 GH(3) or PHIL 132 GH(3) or S T S 245 GS;IL(3) (Sem: 4-5)
PHYS 211 GN(4)[1] and PHYS 212 GN(4); or PHYS 250 GN(4)[1] and PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 5-6)
ECON 102 GS(3) or ECON 104 GS(3) or GEOG 030 GS(3) or GEOG 126 GS(3) (Sem: 6-7)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (6 credits)
Select 3 credits from BIOL, ENVSC, GEOG, GEOSC 494 (Research), 495 (Internship), or 496 (Independent Studies) (consult with advisor)[81] (Sem: 5-6)
Select 3 credits from the Natural & Physical Sciences program list[81] (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 33 credits

ENVIRONMENTAL FIELD SCIENCE OPTION: (33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
BIOL 435(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOSC 303(3), GEOSC 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (9 credits)
CHEM 301(3) or EGEE 101 GN(3) or EGEE 102 GN(3) or S T S 420(3) (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 451(3) or GEOSC 454(3) (Sem: 7-8)
Select 3 credits from any Biology 400-level field/lab course [1] or GEOSC 412(3) or GEOSC 418(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits) [81]
Choose 12 credits from the Natural & Physical Sciences and/or the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities program lists with not more than 6 credits from the latter list. (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.) (Sem: 4-8)

ENVIRONMENTAL LAB SCIENCE OPTION: (33 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (15 credits)
MICRB 201(3), MICRB 202(2) (Sem: 4-6)
CHEM 203(3), CHEM 221(4), CHEM 301(3)[1] (Sem: 5-7)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
GEOSC 412(3) or GEOSC 418(3) or GEOSC 419(3) (Sem: 6-7)
GEOSC 451(3) or GEOSC 452(3) or S T S 420(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits) [81]
Choose 9 credits from the Natural & Physical Sciences and/or the Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities program lists with not more than 6 credits from the latter list. (Students may apply 6 credits of basic ROTC.) (Sem: 4-8)
Choose 3 credits at the 400-level from the Natural & Physical Sciences program list.(Sem 7-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in this course, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[81] A maximum of 9 credits of Research (494), Internship (495), or Independent Study (496) may be applied toward credits for graduation in all options.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-016

Review Date: 04/08/2014