Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science encompasses the study of natural environmental systems and the interaction of humans with these systems.  It includes a strong foundation in the basic sciences, requiring core content in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, and environmental policy.  Upper-level coursework builds lab, field, communication, and computational skills. Students will be encouraged to create a focused pathway of electives that matches their interests and career goals. This degree program will prepare students for careers in environmental consulting, conservation, environmental sustainability, and environmental education.  It will also provide a strong base for students interested in pursuing graduate programs and careers in environmental policy, environmental law, medicine, and other master’s and Ph.D. programs in environmentally related disciplines.

Wellness Requirement
APPH 1040Scientific Foundations of Health2
or APPH 1050 The Science of Physical Activity and Health
or APPH 1060 Flourishing: Strategies for Well-being and Resilience
Institutional Priority
CS 1301Introduction to Computing3
or CS 1315 Introduction to Media Computation
or CS 1371 Computing for Engineers
Mathematics and Quantitative Skills
MATH 1552Integral Calculus4
Political Science and U.S. History
INTA 1200American Government in Comparative Perspective3
or POL 1101 Government of the United States
Arts, Humanities, and Ethics 1
Any HUM6
Communicating in Writing
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
Technology, Mathematics, and Sciences
PHYS 2211Introductory Physics I4
CHEM 1211KChemical Principles I4
MATH 1551Differential Calculus2
MATH 1553Introduction to Linear Algebra2
Social Sciences 1
Any SS9
Field of Study
CHEM 1212KChemical Principles II4
or CHEM 1315 Survey of Organic Chemistry for Engineers
EAS 1600Introduction to Environmental Science4
EAS 2600Earth Processes4
Must complete one:4
Biological Principles for Majors
and Biological Principles Project Laboratory
Biological Principles
and Biological Principles Laboratory
Must complete one:4
and Ecology Laboratory
Problems in Ecology
and Problems in Ecology Laboratory
Major Requirements
EAS 4480Environmental Data Analysis3
PUBP 4530Introduction to Geographic Information Systems3
or CP 4510 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems
or EAS 4380 Land Remote Sensing
PUBP 3315Environmental Policy and Politics3
EAS 4410Climate and Global Change3
EAS 4420Environmental Field Methods4
Must complete one:4
and Microbiology Lab
Environmental Geochemistry
and Environmental Geochemistry Lab
Environmental Science Electives9
Ecology & Evolution: An Australian Perspective
Evolutionary Biology
Biological Oceanography
Medical Microbiology
Experimental Design and Statistical Methods in Biological Sciences
Marine Ecology
Microbial Physiology
Population Dynamics
Community Ecology
Molecular Biology of Microbes: Disease, Nature, and Biotechnology
Aquatic Chemical Ecology
Independent Research Project
Undergraduate Research
Special Topics (Conservation Biology)
Special Topics (Biology of Terrestrial Vertebrates)
Special Topics (Ornithology)
Special Topics (Biodiversity on a Changing Planet)
Environmental Engineering Systems
Air Pollution Engineering
Environmental Technology in the Developing World
Energy and Resource Recovery
The Science of Alternative Energy
Atmospheric Chemistry
Sustainable Cities Studio
Land Conservation
Introduction to Climate Change Planning
Environmental Planning and Impact Assessment
Energy, Environment, and Society
Thermodynamics of Earth Systems
Special Topics (Geologic History)
Environmental Geochemistry
Environmental Geochemistry Lab
Mineral Surface Geochemistry
Introduction to Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Physical and Chemical Oceanography
Paleoclimatology and Paleoceanography
Earth and Planetary Materials
Land Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing and Data Analysis
Fluids in the Earth's Crust I
Weather Risk and Catastrophe Modeling
Biogeochemical Cycles
Undergraduate Research
Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory
Groundwater Hydrology
Special Topics (Glacier and Ice Sheet Dynamics)
Special Topics (Basics of Geoengineering)
Special Topics (Sea-level Rise and Coastal Engineering)
Special Topics (Extreme Atlanta: Climate Change in Urban Spaces)
Economics of International Energy Markets
Economics of Natural Resources and the Environment
American Environmental History
Technology and the Environment
Energy, Environment, and Policy
Environmental Politics
Environmental Ethics
Climate Policy
Energy Policy
Sustainability, Technology, and Policy
Science, Technology, and Regulation
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Environmental Law
Upper Division Electives 27
Free Electives21
Total Credit Hours122

Students must complete a minimum of 39-hours of 3000/4000-level coursework. 


Pass/Fail allowed only for Core IMPACTS Arts, Humanities, & Ethics, Social Sciences, and Free electives


3000/4000-level courses in any field chosen by the student