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
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  
  ANTH 104 Cultural Anthropology 3
    Behavioral and Social Perspectives elective 3
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 Seminal 3

 

MAJOR PROGRAM ELECTIVES  CREDIT
HOURS
CHEM 101 Introduction to Criminalistics 3
CHEM 260 Microscopical Methods 3
CHEM 360 Toxicology 3
Choose 2:
BIOL 213BIOL 303BIOL 312BIOL 313BIOL 421CHEM 222CHEM 301
CHEM 331CHEM 381POLS 313
6-8
     
Total Major Program Requirements 74-76
Additional Electives 9-11
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