All Environmental Science students get to take the following courses:
EnvS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science
: This course provides an introduction to basic principles in the biological, physical, and social science areas of environmental science.
EnvS 102 Field Activities in Environmental Science
(transfer credit is accepted). Freshman students visit 10 field sites that are of interest to environmental scientists.
Environmental field sites and activities include:
- UI Steam Plant/Biomass Boiler
- Paradise Creek Watershed
- Moscow Recycling Center
- Arboretum and Botanical Garden
- WSU Raptor Club
- Moscow Waste Water Treatment Plant
- Stateline Wetland
- Lower Snake River Dams
- Various service-learning opportunities
EnvS 225 International Environmental Issues: Sophomores explore issues from a global perspective. The course focuses on various social and physical issues related to the environment and natural resources using human population dynamics as a backdrop.
EnvS 400 Environmental Science Seminar: Juniors analyze advanced environmental topics using the scientific knowledge they have acquired in the previous two years of study. The course includes numerous guest speakers, readings, and discussion.
EnvS 497 Senior Practicum: In their senior year students work individually to do primary research (thesis), or work in a team to complete a project. The course includes preparation of a research proposal, poster, formal presentation and written thesis or report based on research or project conducted with a faculty member. Research addresses an environmental problem using laboratory, field, or library techniques. Students get one-on-one contact with faculty members and develop their public speaking, interviewing and research skills. This capstone class readies students for the job market or graduate studies. Alumni often comment that this class was extremely valuable in getting the job they wanted.