Environmental science is the study of the myriad interactions between us and the world.

environmental science students at riverAs our population continues to grow, as technology advances and our needs and wants increase, our impacts on the world become more widespread and severe, despite improvement in some areas. Environmental impacts, in turn, affect human health and wellbeing.

Environmental challenges are multidisciplinary in nature. That is, in order to understand each environmental challenge sufficiently well to develop effective solutions, we must assemble expertise in several disciplines. It is also important that environmental scientists and decision makers understand the different sciences sufficiently well to communicate with those of other specialties and to appreciate the importance of other disciplines in addressing the challenges.

In the environmental science program, you will build a strong foundation in the basic sciences essential for understanding and resolving environmental challenges, including biology, chemistry, geology, physics and mathematics. You will enhance and apply this knowledge with experience in the field – from the highlands to the coast. You will work on a major research problem or gain professional experience by interning with a government agency, industry or consulting firm.

Upon completion of the environmental science program, you will be ready to start a meaningful and rewarding career as an environmental scientist, or begin graduate study, contributing to the rapidly growing body of knowledge in this multidisciplinary field.

Internships and Research in Environmental Science

 

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Note: The information below provides convenient links to some of the courses required for this degree; however, it should not be used as a course registration guide. Please refer to the official Lander University Academic Catalog for the most accurate and up-to-date program requirements.

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS1  CREDIT HOURS

Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Behavioral and Social Perspectives

6
PHYS 201 or PHYS 211 4

MATH 211

3
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3

MATH 123 or MATH 141*

3-4
Approved Foreign Language 3
LINK 101 1
FALS 101 (15 FALS-approved events) 0

CHEM 111

4

CHEM 381 or ES 390

3
Approved General Education Electives2

2-3

Total General Education Requirements 42

For approved courses see the General Education section
2 Students are required to take at least one Global Issues and Cultures course prior to graduation

*Students anticipating graduate studies in environmental science are strongly encouraged to choose MATH 141.

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT HOURS
BIOL 111 4
BIOL 306 4
BIOL 415 4
CHEM 112 4
CHEM 221 4
CHEM 330 5
CHEM 420 3
ES 301 4
ES 302 4
ES 310 3
ES 407 or ES 490 3
GEOL 111 or PSCI 112 4
GEOL 405 3

PSCI 499

3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES  CREDIT HOURS
Choose 3:  
BIOL 213  4
BIOL 303 3
BIOL 421 4
CHEM 260  3
CHEM 301  3
CHEM 331 4
CHEM 360 3
ES 390 3
   
Total Major Program Requirements 61-64
Additional Electives 14-17
TOTAL FOR BS DEGREE 120
  • Coursework must include at least 30 hours earned in 300 or above level courses, of which 12 hours must be in the major.
  • See the 4-year major guide for recommended order in which to take courses