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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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.