The forensic science track will turn students into sleuths who look at a mysterious environmental situation and work on the issue of who or what did it.

students in forensicsThis forensic science track will allow students to earn a B.S. in Environmental Science with a focus on coursework that will prepare them for careers with environmental forensics components, such as determining or confirming environmental liability in working for government agencies, consulting firms or industry. These students will be the sleuths to look at a mysterious environmental situation and work on the issue of who or what did it.

The goal of this emphasis is to allow students to develop strong analytical skills and an understanding of the legal framework for this type of science. For example, students will take a microscopy course that will allow them to test trace evidence without destroying it. These skills are integral when cases are consistently retried and evidence retested with new methods; traditionally, environmental science classes do not focus on maintaining the integrity of the sample after analysis. A course focused on toxicology provides instruction related to environmental law and regulation, as well as determination of sources and effects of toxic chemicals in the environment. 

The ES Forensic Science program will attract students interested in essentially any and all environmental science professions and career tracks, and not just those who plan to work specifically as environmental forensic technicians or scientists.  For example, many environmental scientists perform Phase I and Phase II investigations of sites for a variety of reasons, from due diligence for land or facility purchases to determining whether closed or operating sites have environmental challenges that may require remediation.  The skills and knowledge learned in the concentration are most helpful in those types of investigations, and students are expected to be competitive for a wide variety of positions working for environmental labs, regulatory agencies, industry, consulting firms, law firms and non-governmental organizations.

 

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

3
ANTH 104 or PSYC 101 or SOCI 101  
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
CHEM 101 3
CHEM 260 3
CHEM 360 3
Choose 2:  
BIOL 213  4
BIOL 303 3
BIOL 312 4
BIOL 421 4
CHEM 222 3
CHEM 301  3
CHEM 331 4
ES 390 3

POLS 308 or POLS 313 or SOCI 363

 
   
Total Major Program Requirements 67-69
Additional Electives 8-11
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