2016-17 Degree Plan

Environmental Science, BS

College of Arts & Sciences: Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
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4 Year Plan

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Starting Math: 123

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Term 1 Hours Towards Degree: 17 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
ENVS 101: The Blue Planet or EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology 3 C
ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory or EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory 1 C
ENGL 111: Composition I 3 C
MATH 121: College Algebra 3 C
BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors 3 C
BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors 1 C
Freshman Academic Choice 3 C
  • If taking ENVS 101 its corresponding laboratory has to be taken (ENVS 102L). Same if taking EPS 101 it corresponding laboratory has to be taken (EPS 105L).
Term Hours: 17
Term 2 Hours Towards Degree: 32 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
CHEM 121: General Chemistry I 3 C
CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 C
CS 151L: Computer programming fundamentals for Non-majors or CS 152L: Computer programming fundamentals in JAVA 3 C
ENGL 112: Composition II 3 C
MATH 153: Pre-calculus and trigonomentry 5 C
Term Hours: 15
Term 3 Hours Towards Degree: 47 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
PHYC 160: General Physics 3 C
CHEM 122: General Chemistry II 3 C
CHEM 124L: General Chemistry II Laboratory 1 C
MATH 162: Calculus II 4 C
ENVS 320L: Environmental Systems 4 C
Term Hours: 15
Term 4 Hours Towards Degree: 64 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
ENVS 321L: Earth Materials and Critical zone zoology 4 C
PHYC 161: General Physics 3 C
MATH 163: Calculus III 4 C
ENG 219: Technical and professional writing or ENG 220: Epository Writing 3 C
Second language 3 C
Term Hours: 17
Term 5 Hours Towards Degree: 80 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
ENVS 315: Statistics and data analysis 3 C
ENVS 322L: Life and Earth systems 4 C
ENVS Elective 3 C
Support Elective 3 C
Core Requrement 3 C
Term Hours: 16
Term 6 Hours Towards Degree: 96 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
ENVS 323L: water in earth systems 4 C
ENVS Elective 3 C
ENVS Elective 3 C
Core Requirement 3 C
Core Requirement 3 C
Term Hours: 16
Term 7 Hours Towards Degree: 111 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
ENVS 324: Earth's climatic Environment 3 C
ENVS Elective 3 C
Core Requirement 3 C
Core Requirement 3 C
Upper Division Elective 3 C
Term Hours: 15
Term 8 Hours Towards Degree: 120 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
EPS 490: Geologic Presentation 1 C
EPS 401: Colloquium 1 C
ENVS 430L: Advanced Environmental Science 4 C
Upper Division elective 3 C
Term Hours: 9
Degree Plan Notes
  • Keep in mind that minimum grades on road map are for individual coursework only. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for admission to and graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. Minimums listed for the individual courses do NOT meet the cumulative minimum.

  • Students can satisfy the requirements for a distributed minor completing CHEM 122 and 124L, PHYC 161, and 7 additional hours from Chemistry (above 122 and 124L), MATH (above 163), Physics (above 161), Biology above 124L (not including courses counted in the Ecology subdisciplinary group) or Astronomy 270 or above or, with permission, from selected Anthropology, Engineering or Geography courses. An alternative minor or second major may be selected.

  • Please note that this roadmap is intended to serve only as a guide in determining your course sequencing. There are many additional options you can follow to reach this degree, especially when it comes to initial mathematics sequencing. Please see a Faculty or College Advisor for further guidance in determining your own unique path to an EPS or ENVS degree.


  • Term 1 Hours Towards Degree: 14 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    ENVS 101: The Blue Planet or EPS 101: How the Earth Works–An Introduction to Geology 3 C
    ENVS 102L: The Blue Planet Laboratory or EPS 105L: Physical Geology Laboratory 1 C
    ENGL 110: Accelerated Composition or ENGL 111: Composition I and ENGL 112: Composition II or ENGL 113: Enhanced Composition 3 C
    MATH 123: Trigonometry 3 C
    CHEM 121: General Chemistry I 3 C
    CHEM 123L: General Chemistry I Laboratory 1 C
    • If taking ENVS 101 its corresponding laboratory has to be taken (ENVS 102L). Same if taking EPS 101 it corresponding laboratory has to be taken (EPS 105L).
    Term Hours: 14
    Term 2 Hours Towards Degree: 30 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    MATH 150: Pre-Calculus Mathematics 3 C
    BIOL 123: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors 3 C
    BIOL 124L: Biology for Health Related Sciences and Non-Majors 1 C
    Minor or 2nd Major Requirement 3 C
    ENGL 120: Composition III 3 C
    Foreign Language 3 C
    Term Hours: 16
    Term 3 Hours Towards Degree: 46 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    PHYC 160: General Physics 3 C
    MATH 162: Calculus I 4 C
    CJ 130 or PHIL 156 or ENGL 219 or ENGL 220 3 C
    Humanities 3 C
    Minor or 2nd Major Requirement 3 C
    Term Hours: 16
    Term 4 Hours Towards Degree: 62 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    ENVS 330: Environmental Systems 3 C
    MATH 163: Calculus II 4 C
    Minor or 2nd Major Requirement 3 C
    Social and Behavioral Science Core 3 C
    Humanities 3 C
    Term Hours: 16
    Term 5 Hours Towards Degree: 78 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    ENVS Group Selections ** 4 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    2nd Major or Upper Division Elective 3 C
    2nd Major or Upper Division Elective 3 C
    Term Hours: 16
    Term 6 Hours Towards Degree: 94 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    ENVS Group Selections ** 4 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    2nd Major Requirement or UPper Division Elective 3 C
    2nd Major Requirement or UPper Division Elective 3 C
    Term Hours: 16
    Term 7 Hours Towards Degree: 109 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    EPS 428: Applied Mathematics for Earth and Environmental Sciences or EPS 433: Statistics and Data Analysis in Earth Science or STAT 345: Elements of Mathematical Statistics and Probability Theory 3 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 3 C
    Social and Behavioral Science 3 C
    Minor or 2nd Major Requirement 3 C
    Term Hours: 15
    Term 8 Hours Towards Degree: 124 Crucial course: Cc Hours Minimum Grade Notes
    EPS 490: Geologic Presentation 1 C
    EPS 401: Colloquium 1 C
    ENVS 430: Advanced Environmental Science 3 C
    ENVS Group Selections ** 4 C
    Fine Arts 3 C
    Upper Division Elective 3 C
    Term Hours: 15
    Degree Plan Notes
  • Keep in mind that minimum grades on road map are for individual coursework only. Students must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative grade point average for admission to and graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences. Minimums listed for the individual courses do NOT meet the cumulative minimum.

  • Students can satisfy the requirements for a distributed minor completing CHEM 122 and 124L, PHYC 161, and 7 additional hours from Chemistry (above 122 and 124L), MATH (above 163), Physics (above 161), Biology above 124L (not including courses counted in the Ecology subdisciplinary group) or Astronomy 270 or above or, with permission, from selected Anthropology, Engineering or Geography courses. An alternative minor or second major may be selected.

  • Please note that this roadmap is intended to serve only as a guide in determining your course sequencing. There are many additional options you can follow to reach this degree, especially when it comes to initial mathematics sequencing. Please see a Faculty or College Advisor for further guidance in determining your own unique path to an EPS or ENVS degree.

  • CJ 130 or PHIL 156 or ENGL 219 or ENGL 220s
    CJ 130: Public Speaking
    ENGL 219: Tech & Professional Writing
    ENGL 220: Expository Writing
    PHIL 156: Reasoning & Critical Thinking