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Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Concentration Director: Dr. Deanna Soper, e-mail:

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary field that incorporates study of problems caused by human use of the natural world with analysis of remedies for these problems through social, economic, or political change. While incorporating information on natural processes (e.g. physical and biological), the field of environmental science also analyzes the role that technology plays in our society and its capacity to alter natural processes as well as solve problems. A third dimension of this field, analysis of the social processes that characterize human populations, emphasizes critical thinking about decisions made at the individual, societal, corporate, political and global level that impact natural processes. This approach outlines the way in which environmental problems are both created and solved by human populations. Thus, environmental science is a mixture of traditional science, societal values and political awareness.

Reflecting this interdisciplinary approach, the Environmental Science Concentration requires six courses selected from a wide range of disciplines and departments.

Required Courses

BIO 2360 Environmental Science
BIO 2160 Environmental Science Lab
BIO 3311 Marine Biology
BIO 3317 Tropical Ecology and Ecopyschology
BIO 3345 Biostatistics
BUS 3V47 Storytelling with Data

Notes:  Alternate courses accepted with prior approval. 

Electives: (Select any of the following to total 6 hours)

BIO 3346 Animal Behavior
BIO 3326 Ecology
BUS 3307 Entrepreneurship
CHE 3445 Environmental Chemistry
PHI 3334 Business Ethics
PHI 4333 Philosophy of Science
PHI 4336 Ethics
PSY 3V52 Film Studies
PSY 3V56 Primate Studies

* PSY 3V52 (Film Studies) can be utilized pending approval from the concentration director.