Physical Science Option

The EnvS physical science option utilizes natural sciences such as physics, geology, earth science, and chemistry to study the environment. To develop expertise in this area, you will take four courses from at least two of the following depth areas during your junior and senior years:

Water Science
Climate Change Emissions Reduction
Economics and Management
Geology
GeoSpatial Tools
Hazardous Waste
Mathematics and Statistics
Soil Science

Four-year Study Plan

Required course work includes the following (prerequisites listed in italics): 

Freshman Year 

Fall

ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science (3 cr) 
ENVS 102 Field Activities in Environmental Science (1 cr) – ENVS 101 as co-req or pre-req 
ENG 102 College Writing and Rhetoric (3 cr) – ENG 101 or equivalent 
CORE course in Social Science or Humanities (4 cr) 
MATH appropriate to ACT/SAT scores (3 cr) 

Spring

CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry (4 cr) – CHEM 050 or COMPASS test 
MATH 160 Survey of Calculus or MATH 170 Analytic Geometry & Calculus I (4 cr) – MATH 143 and 144 or COMPASS test 
COMM 101 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (2 cr) or Foreign Language course (4 cr) 
CORE course in Social Science or Humanities (3 cr) 

Sophomore Year 

Fall

CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II (5 cr) – CHEM 111 
STAT 251 Statistical Methods (3 cr) – MATH 137 or 143, or 2 years high school Algebra 
GEOG 100 Physical Geography (4 cr) or
GEOL 101 Physical Geology (4 cr)
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr) 
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr)

Spring

BIOL 115 Cells & the Evolution of Life (4 cr) – CHEM 101 or 111 as co-req or pre-req 
ENVS 225 International Environmental Issues (3 cr) 
PHYS 111 General Physics I (4 cr)
Social Science or Humanities elective (3 cr) 

Junior Year 

Fall

Breadth elective – ecology (3 cr) 
Breadth elective – natural resource economics/sociology (3 cr) 
Breadth elective – management (3 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 

Spring

Breadth elective – history/philosophy/political science (3 cr) 
Breadth elective (3 cr) 
ENVS 400 Seminar (2 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 
General elective (3 cr) 

Senior Year 

Fall

PHIL 452 Environmental Philosophy (3 cr) – senior standing 
ENVS 497 Senior Research (3 cr) 
ENG 317 Technical Writing (3 cr) – ENG 102 or COMPASS test 
Breadth elective (1-4 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 
Depth elective (2-3 cr) 

Spring

ENVS 497 Senior Research (1 cr) 
Depth elective (2-3 cr) 
Depth elective (3 cr) 
General elective (3 cr)