Program Overview

Environmental Science is the study of the biological, chemical, physical and social science principles that govern the structure and functioning of the natural world. Through the study of environmental science the student develops an understanding of their own life and an appreciation for their multifaceted role in the natural world.

The Environmental Science major begins with a solid foundation of mathematics, physics, biological and social science, upon which the study of environmental science is built. The major provides students with scientific knowledge, laboratory skills, research experience, and intellectual training in analytical and quantitative reasoning. The program emphasizes the development of transferable liberal arts skills and includes the flexibility for students to pursue their own academic interests in the field as part of their degree program.

A degree in environmental science helps open the door to a wide range of fields including applied science, pollution management, conservation biology, public health and natural resource management. Environmental science graduates may choose to continue on to professional and graduate programs in research, management and education.

In addition to the overall University graduation requirements, the environmental science B.S. program requires each student to complete 60 credits in the major including at least 25 upper division credits, at least 25 credits from Metropolitan State University, at least 25 credits not used for any other major or minor, and at least one 400-level or 500-level course at Metropolitan State course as a capstone experience. Students must also complete the environmental science exit interview and assessment test during their final semester of classes before graduation.

All prerequisite and required courses must be completed with grades of C- or above. Transfer coursework equivalency is determined by the Natural Sciences Department. Each foundation science course must include at least one semester credit of professionally supervised on-ground laboratory experience with standard undergraduate laboratory equipment and materials. Lower-division (100- and 200-level) courses cannot be used to fulfill upper division core or elective requirements in the major.

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Requirements

Curriculum Structure

The Environmental Science major requires 60 semester credits, including:

31 credits of foundation coursework in mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and economics and

18-19 credits of core coursework in biological, physical, social science (economics or political science) and integrated environmental science, including 10 or 11 credits advanced study in an area of student interest.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Prerequisites

General education credits; not required for students who demonstrate competence by placement test or department exam.

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • MATH 115 College Algebra
      4 credits

      This course develops the fundamental concepts of algebra with an emphasis on the classification and analysis of linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential and logarithmic functions. Applications to the natural and social sciences are given throughout. It aims to provide insights into the nature and utility of mathematics, and helps students develop mathematical reasoning skills.

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    • MATH 120 Precalculus
      4 credits

      This course is designed to prepare students for calculus. Topics include polynomial, rational, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; the algebra of functions; multiple function representations; and an introduction to analytic geometry.

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Requirements ( 120 total credits)

Foundation Courses (31 credits)

Students can be admitted to the major upon completion of the major prerequisite foundation courses and program assessment survey.

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  • ECON 202 Microeconomics
    3 credits

    This course focuses on the interactions between the consumer and the producer. It begins with the theory of markets, supply and demand, and the price system. Then it covers demand elasticity, the costs of production including the various factor inputs, the four major market structures (pure competition, monopolistic competition, oligopoly and monopoly), and ways to increase the competition in markets.

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  • One of the following classes is required:
    • STAT 201 Statistics I
      4 credits

      This course covers the basic principles and methods of statistics. It emphasizes techniques and applications in real-world problem solving and decision making. Topics include frequency distributions, measures of location and variation, probability, sampling, design of experiments, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, correlation and regression.

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    • MATH 208 Applied Calculus
      4 credits

      This course provides an overview of the differential calculus for single and multivariable functions and an introduction to the integral calculus and differential equations, with an emphasis on applications to the natural and physical sciences. Particular topics covered in the course include limits, ordinary and partial derivatives, applications of derivatives, definite integrals, fundamental theorem of calculus, applications of definite integrals, models involving differential equations, Eulers method, equilibrium solutions.

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Physics lower-division requirement (4 or 10 credits)

One course or set of courses (as indicated). Either PHYS 110 or, PHYS 211 and PHYS 212.

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Biological Science (5 credits)

One upper division course.

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Physical Science (5 credits)

One upper division course or set of courses; either CHEM 311 AND CHEM 311L or GEOL 314

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Economics and Political Science (4 credits)

One upper division course.

  • ECON 311 Economics of the Environment
    4 credits

    This course explores the economic aspects of environmental issues and regulations. Current incentives to degrade or preserve the environment are presented and the impact of present policies on those incentives are established. The tools of economic analysis are used to evaluate problems and suggest solutions.

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Integrated Environmental Science (4-5 credits)

One upper division course or set of courses (as indicated) in each category.

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Capstone and Elective (10 or 11 credits)

Upper division courses chosen from the Core courses listed above and the additional courses listed below.

Must include at least one 400-level course.

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  • STAT 353 Environmental Statistics
    4 credits

    This course covers the intermediate statistical methods in analyzing environmental and biological datasets. This course is built on the knowledge of an introductory statistics and hypothesis testing. The contents of the course include paired T-test, unpaired T-test, F-tests, one-way and two-way ANOVA, multivariate ANOVA, repeated measures, regression, principle component analysis and cluster analysis. Students will learn how to use statistical software to perform all the analyses.This course covers the intermediate statistical methods in analyzing environmental and biological datasets. This course is built on the knowledge of an introductory statistics and hypothesis testing. The contents of the course include paired T-test, unpaired T-test, F-tests, one-way and two-way ANOVA, multivariate ANOVA, repeated measures, regression, principle component analysis and cluster analysis. Students will learn how to use statistical software to perform all the analyses.

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  • ESCI 350I Environmental Science Individualized Internship
    0 credits

    Students obtain internships in selected areas of study to gain deeper understand of knowledge, skills and the context of a given field. Site supervisors give guidance and direction to customized internship projects. Faculty members serve as liaisons between the internship sites and the university, providing information to students and potential supervisors and supervising the learning experience. Students should contact the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) at Metropolitan State University for more information.

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