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
A. Core Skills

 

  ENGL 101 Writing and Inquiry I 3
  ENGL 102 Writing and Inquiry II 3
  MATH 123 

Calculus and its Applications
OR MATH 141 Single Variable Calculus I

3

B. Humanities and Fine Arts
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)

6
C. Behavioral and Social Perspectives
     (6 hours selected from 2 different disciplines)
 
D. Scientific and Mathematical Reasoning  
  MATH 211 Statistical Methods I 3
  PHYS 201 Introductory Physics I
OR PHYS 211 General Physics I
4
E. Founding Documents of the United States  
  HIST 111

United States History to 1877
OR POLS 101 American National Government

3
F. World Cultures  
 

ES 314

Cultural Perspectives of Global Climate Change 3
G. LINK 101 1
University Requirement  
  FALS 101 15 FALS-approved events

0

Total General Education Requirements 35

For approved courses see the General Education section

 

MAJOR PROGRAM CORE REQUIREMENTS CREDIT
HOURS
BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I 4
BIOL 306 Ecology 4
BIOL 415 Limnology 4
CHEM 111 General Chemistry I 4
CHEM 112 General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 330 Analytical Chemistry 5
CHEM 420 Environmental Chemistry 3
ES 111 Environmental Sustainability 3
ES 301 Introduction to Environmental Science 1 4
ES 302 Introduction to Environmental Science 2 4
ES 310 Environmental Geology 3
ES 407  Research in Environmental Science
OR ES 490 Internship in Environmental Science
3
GEOL 111  Physical Geology
OR PSCI 112 Earth and Space Science
4
GEOL 405 Hydrogeology 3

PSCI 499

Senior Seminar 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES  CREDIT
HOURS
Choose 2:
BIOL 213BIOL 303BIOL 313BIOL 421CHEM 222CHEM 260CHEM 301
CHEM 331CHEM 360CHEM 381
6-8
   
Total Major Program Requirements 65-67
Additional Electives 18-20
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