Environmental Resource Management, B.S.

Program Code: ERM_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management, a minimum of 121 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-8
Requirements for the Major 95-108

27-30 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 3-6 credits of GS courses; 9 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
ERM 411Legal Aspects of Resource Management3
SOILS 102Introductory Soil Science Laboratory1
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ASM 327Soil and Water Resource Management3
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
ERM 151Careers and Issues in Environmental Resource Management1
ERM 300Basic Principles and Calculations in Environmental Analysis3
SOILS 101Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
AGBM 101Economic Principles of Agribusiness Decision Making Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 102 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
CHEM 202Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry I3
or CHEM 210 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
or PHYS 250 Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CAS 100AEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS/ENGL 138T Rhetoric and Civic Life II Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biometry Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Biostatistics Keystone/General Education Course
Requirements for the Option
Select an option48-60

Requirements for the Option

Environmental Science Option (58-60 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BIOL 220WBiology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
CED 201Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics3
SOILS 450Environmental Geographic Information Systems3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
ERM 412Resource Systems Analysis3
ERM 413WCase Studies in Ecosystem Management3
Additional Courses
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
or GEOG 260 Geographic Information in a Changing World: Introduction to GIScience Keystone/General Education Course
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
or GEOSC 303 Introduction to Environmental Geology
Select 6 credits from any 400-level ERM courses6
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 111Techniques of Calculus II Keystone/General Education Course2-4
or MATH 141 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 3 credits in ecology3
Select 18 credits of specialization/minor courses in consultation with adviser18
Select 3 credits in communications/sustainability/leadership3
Soil Science Option (48-50 credits)
Prescribed Courses
SOILS 403Soil Morphology Practicum2
SOILS 412WSoil Ecology3
SOILS 450Environmental Geographic Information Systems3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SOILS 416Soil Genesis, Classification, and Mapping4
Additional Courses
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course3-4
or BIOL 127 Introduction to Plant Biology Keystone/General Education Course
FOR 475Principles of Forest Soils Management3
or SOILS 404 Urban Soils
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
or GEOSC 20 Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Principles of Crop Management
Biology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course
Field Dendrology
Horticultural Science Keystone/General Education Course
The Turfgrass
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Chemistry of the Environment: Air, Water, and Soil
Soil Nutrient Behavior and Management
Remediation of Contaminated Soils
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Hydrogeology
Soil Composition and Physical Properties
Hydropedology
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 18 credits of specialization/minor courses in consultation with adviser18
Water Science Option (58-60 credits)
Prescribed Courses
BIOL 220WBiology: Populations and Communities Keystone/General Education Course4
CED 201Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics3
ERM/ASM 309Measurement & Monitoring of Hydrologic Systems3
ERM/WFS 435Limnology3
ERM 447Stream Restoration3
ERM 450Wetland Conservation3
FOR 470Watershed Management3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
ERM 412Resource Systems Analysis3
ERM 413WCase Studies in Ecosystem Management3
Additional Courses
GEOG 160Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course3
or GEOG 260 Geographic Information in a Changing World: Introduction to GIScience Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Hydrogeology
Soil Composition and Physical Properties
Hydropedology
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Rural Road Ecology and Maintenance
Sustainable Water Management: Economics and Policy
Herbaceous Forest Plant Identification and Ecology
Invasive Forest Plants: Identification, Ecology, and Management
Environmental Geographic Information Systems
General Fishery Science
Ecology of Fishes
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
MATH 111Techniques of Calculus II Keystone/General Education Course2-4
or MATH 141 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits of specialization/minor courses in consultation with adviser12
Select 3 credits in communications/sustainability/leadership3

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Students will be able to identify, participate in, analyze and document a community- or university-based engaged scholarship experience.
  2. Students will be able to design and manipulate environmental data sets, and calculate accurate solutions to solve environmental media (air, water, soil) problems.
  3. Students will be able to integrate, evaluate, and explain information from case studies related to environmental issues.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Tammy Shannon
Academic Advising Coordinator
114 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6942
tmb5352@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Environmental Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
MATH 110 or 140‡†4MATH 111 or 1412-4
ERM 151*1BIOL 110*4
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W4STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4
CHEM 111*†1CHEM 2023
SOILS 101*†3PHYS 211 or 2504
SOILS 1021GEOG 1603
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 15 14.5-15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
AGBM 200, MGMT 215, or ERM 4023ENGL 202C‡†3
ERM 4113CED 2013
ASM 327*3ERM 300*3
GEOSC 303 or 13Specialization/Minor Course3
General Education Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 412*3ERM 413W*3
Ecology Selection3400 Level ERM Course3
400 Level ERM Course3Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 
  • Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection Courses: AEE 360, AEE 440, CAS 213, CAS 214W, CAS 250, CAS 352, ERM 499, MGMT 215
  • Ecology Selection Courses: BIOL 415, BIOL 436, BIOL 444, BIOL 446, BIOL 448, BIOL 450W, BIOL 463, BIOL 482, ENT 420, ENT 425, ERM 403, ERM 431, ERM 435, ERM 450, HORT 445, SOILS 412W, WFS 422, WFS 430, WFS 466

Soil Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
MATH 110 or 140‡†4SOILS 101*†3
ERM 151*1SOILS 1021
First Year Seminar1-3CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 15-17 16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110 or 1273-4PHYS 211 or 2504
CHEM 111*†1GEOSC 20 or 13
CHEM 2023STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4
AGRO 28, HORT 101, TURF 235, BIOL 220W, or FOR 2033-4General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 13-15 13-14
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOILS 412W3ENGL 202C‡†3
ERM 4113SOILS 402, 419, 420, ERM 433, or ERM 4403
ASM 327*3SOILS 401, 405, or GEOSC 4523
SOILS 4032ERM 300*3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 15.5 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOILS 416*4SOILS 404, ERM 444, or FOR 4753
SOILS 4503Specialization/Minor Course3
Specialization/Minor Course3Elective3
Specialization/Minor Course3Elective4
Specialization/Minor Course3General Education Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 16 17.5
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 

Water Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
MATH 110 or 140‡†4MATH 111 or 1412-4
ERM 151*1BIOL 110*4
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15-17 15-17
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 220W4STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4
CHEM 111*†1PHYS 211 or 2504
SOILS 101*†3CHEM 2023
SOILS 1021GEOG 1603
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course3 
 15 14.5-15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM/ASM 3093ENGL 202C‡†3
ERM 4113CED 2013
ASM 327*3ERM 300*3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
General Education Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
 General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 15 16.5
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 4503ERM 412*3
ERM 4473ERM 413W*3
GEOSC 452, SOILS 405, or SOILS 4013FOR 4703
ERM 4353WFS 410, CE 370, ERM 440, ENT 425, FOR 303, FOR 403, or WFS 4223
Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection3Specialization/Minor Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 
  • Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection Courses: AEE 360, AEE 440, CAS 213, CAS 214W, CAS 250, CAS 352, ERM 499, MGMT 215

Environmental Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 111*†1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023MATH 111 or 1412-4
MATH 110 or 140‡†4CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15-17 14-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*4BIOL 220W4
CHEM 2023PHYS 211 or 2504
STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4ENGL 202C‡†3
General Education Course3General Education Course3
General Education Course (GHW)1.5General Education Course (GHW)1.5
 14.5-15.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 151*1AGBM 200, MGMT 215, or ERM 4023
SOILS 101*†3CED 2013
SOILS 1021ERM 300*3
ERM 4113Specialization/Minor Course3
ASM 327*3Specialization/Minor Course3
GEOSC 303 or 13 
GEOG 1603 
 17 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 412*3ERM 413W*3
Ecology Selection3400 Level ERM Course3
400 Level ERM Course3Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 
  • Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection Courses: AEE 360, AEE 440, CAS 213, CAS 214W, CAS 250, CAS 352, ERM 499, MGMT 215
  • Ecology Selection Courses: BIOL 415, BIOL 436, BIOL 444, BIOL 446, BIOL 448, BIOL 450W, BIOL 463, BIOL 482, ENT 420, ENT 425, ERM 403, ERM 431, ERM 435, ERM 450, HORT 445, SOILS 412W, WFS 422, WFS 430, WFS 466

Soil Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
MATH 110 or 140‡†4CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
First Year Seminar1-3GEOSC 20 or 13
General Education Course3General Education Course3
 14-16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110 or 1273-4PHYS 211 or 2504
CHEM 111*†1ENGL 202C‡†3
CHEM 2023General Education Course3
STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4General Education Course3
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 14.5-16.5 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOILS 101*†3AGRO 28, HORT 101, TURF 235, BIOL 220W, or FOR 2033-4
SOILS 1021SOILS 402, 419, 420, ERM 433, or ERM 4403
ERM 151*1SOILS 401, 405, or GEOSC 4523
SOILS 412W3ERM 300*3
ERM 4113Specialization/Minor Course3
ASM 327*3 
SOILS 4032 
 16 15-16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOILS 416*4SOILS 404, ERM 444, or FOR 4753
SOILS 4503Specialization/Minor Course3
Specialization/Minor Course3Specialization/Minor Course3
Specialization/Minor Course3Elective3
Specialization/Minor Course3Elective4
 16 16
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 

Water Science Option: Environmental Resource Management, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
CHEM 110*†3CHEM 1123
CHEM 111*†1ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15‡†3
AGBM 101 or ECON 1023MATH 111 or 1412-4
MATH 110 or 140‡†4CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡†3
First Year Seminar1-3General Education Course3
General Education Course3 
 15-17 14-16
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BIOL 110*4BIOL 220W4
CHEM 2023PHYS 211 or 2504
STAT 200, 240, or 250‡†3-4ENGL 202C‡†3
Elective3GEOG 1603
General Education Course3General Education Course (GHW)1.5
General Education Course (GHW)1.5 
 17.5-18.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 151*1CED 2013
ERM/ASM 3093General Education Course3
ERM 4113ERM 300*3
ASM 327*3Specialization/Minor Course3
SOILS 101*†3Specialization/Minor Course3
SOILS 1021 
 14 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ERM 4353ERM 412*3
ERM 4503ERM 413W*3
ERM 4473FOR 4703
GEOSC 452, SOILS 405, or SOILS 4013WFS 410, CE 370, ERM 440, ENT 425, FOR 303, FOR 403, or WFS 4223
Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection3Specialization/Minor Course3
 15 15
Total Credits 121-126

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • Please consult with an academic adviser in the development of your plan as some courses are not taught every semester.
  • Students with non-engineering interests (specialization areas like soils, water resources, wildlife, biology, ecology, environmental policy) should take MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250.  For students interested in obtaining the Environmental Engineering minor, MATH 140, MATH 141, and PHYS 211 are required.  Most ERM students complete MATH 110, MATH 111, and PHYS 250 and specialize in areas pertaining to natural resource conservation.
  • US and IL requirements should be fulfilled by selecting GH and GA courses with the appropriate US/IL designation.
  • Please consult with your academic adviser regarding the appropriate selection of Specialization/Minor courses. 
  • Communications/Entrepreneurship/Leadership Selection Courses: AEE 360, AEE 440, CAS 213, CAS 214W, CAS 250, CAS 352, ERM 499, MGMT 215

Career Paths

Environmental Resource Management graduates find exciting opportunities in government agencies at the local (e.g., municipal and county resource agencies), state (e.g., Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources), and federal (e.g., EPA, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service) levels. Private-sector jobs include environmental consulting firms responsible for stream restoration, wetland delineation, and environmental assessments, as well as utility and manufacturing companies. Nonprofit organizations, such as watershed associations and conservancies, also offer opportunities.

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Professional Resources

Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
114 Ferguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6942
rds13@psu.edu

http://agsci.psu.edu/erm