Environmental Science B.A. or B.S.
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The B.S. and B.A. programs in Environmental Science both focus on how the diverse areas of science can work together to promote effective and beneficial uses of the planet's physical and biological resources. Specialized courses demonstrate how technology, business, and management practices can be applied to aquatic, atmospheric, and geologic systems for the betterment of humanity. Students also have the option of a pre-med concentration designed to prepare them for admission to medical school after graduation.

Graduates go on to work in professional and technical positions in business, industry, government, and education. Jobs include naturalist, park ranger, wildlife officer, game warden, ecologist, soil scientist, and hydrologist.

Contact Information

Paul Badger, Ph.D.
Interim Department Head & Coordinator, Lab Safety
badger@rmu.edu
412-397-4032 phone

4-Year Course Plan (B.A.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • BIOL1310 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL1315 Principles of Biology Lab
  • CHEM1210 Chemistry I
  • CHEM1215 Chemistry I Lab
  • COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music
  • MATH 1010 College Math

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CHEM2210 Chemistry II
  • CHEM2215 Chemistry II Lab
  • BIOL2370 Microbiology
  • BIOL2380 Microbiology Laboratory
  • COSK1221 Argument & Research
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • INFS1020 Decision Support Systems

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • GEOL1000 Intro to Physical Geology
  • GEOL1015 Intro to Phys Geology Lab
  • PHYS2610 Environmental Physics
  • PHYS2615 Environmental Physics Lab
  • COSK2220 Public Speaking
  • STAT2110 Statistics

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • METE1000 Intro to Meteorology
  • METE1050 Intro to Meteorology Lab
  • COSK2230 Busn Professional Comm
  • ELIT2055 World Literature
  • MATH2040 Finite Math & Applied Calculus
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology

Junior Year, Fall

  • ENVS2500 Ecology Fundamentals
  • ENVS2550 Ecology Fundamentals Lab
  • HIST1700 World Civilization I
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective

Junior Year, Spring

  • ENVS4100 Advanced Ecology
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics

Senior Year, Fall

  • ENVS4460 Toxicology
  • ENVS4470 Environmental Law
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • ENVS4450 Air/Water/Land Pollution
  • ENVS4480 Nat Resource Mgmt
  • ENVS 4700 Senior Thesis/Internship
  • OPEN Elective
  • OPEN Elective
4-Year Course Plan (B.S.)

Freshman Year, Fall

  • BIOL1310 Principles of Biology
  • BIOL1315 Principles of Biology Lab
  • CHEM1210 Chemistry I
  • CHEM1215 Chemistry I Lab
  • COSK1220 Reading & Writing Strategies
  • HUMA1010 Humanities: Art & Music
  • MATH 1010 College Math

Freshman Year, Spring

  • CHEM2210 Chemistry II
  • CHEM2215 Chemistry II Lab
  • BIOL2370 Microbiology
  • BIOL2380 Microbiology Laboratory
  • COSK1221 Argument & Research
  • PSYC1010 General Psychology
  • INFS1020 Decision Support Systems

Sophomore Year, Fall

  • GEOL1000 Intro to Physical Geology
  • GEOL1015 Intro to Phys Geology Lab
  • PHYS2610 Environmental Physics
  • PHYS2615 Environmental Physics Lab
  • COSK2220 Public Speaking
  • STAT2110 Statistics

Sophomore Year, Spring

  • METE1000 Intro to Meteorology
  • METE1050 Intro to Meteorology Lab
  • COSK2230 Busn Professional Comm
  • ECON1010 Survey of Economics
  • MATH2040 Finite Math & Applied Calculus
  • SOCI1010 Principles of Sociology

Junior Year, Fall

  • CHEM3500 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM3550 Environmental Chemistry Lab
  • ENVS2500 Ecology Fundamentals
  • ENVS2550 Ecology Fundamentals Lab
  • METE3000 Air Pollution
  • OPEN Business Elective
  • HIST1700 World Civilization I

Junior Year, Spring

  • GEOL4000 Hydrogeology
  • ENVS4100 Advanced Ecology
  • ENVS 4010 Field Methods 1
  • OPEN Business Elective
  • ELIT2055 World Literature

Senior Year, Fall

  • ENVS4460 Toxicology
  • ENVS4470 Environmental Law
  • ENVS 4040 Field Methods 2
  • OPEN Business Elective
  • OPEN Elective

Senior Year, Spring

  • ENVS4450 Air/Water/Land Pollution
  • ENVS4480 Nat Resource Mgmt
  • ENVS 4700 Senior Thesis/Internship
  • OPEN Business Elective
  • OPEN Elective

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Advanced Ecology
Natural Resource Management & Conservation
Air Pollution
Major Credits
49
Environmental Science, Chemistry, Physics
Core Credits
40
Communication Skills, Economics, Humanities, History, Sciences, etc.
Elective Credits
31

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