Environmental Sciences, BS Curriculum

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The B.S. in environmental sciences is designed to provide students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues and the background required to be successful applicants to graduate programs. Students may choose from advanced courses designed to emphasize studies in biological remediation technologies, water quality, or agriculture while participating in a common core of courses which provide knowledge in the basic principles relevant to all areas.


Program Delivery

This program is available:


Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Environmental Sciences Core Requirements
Required Courses - 35 credits.
AGRO 3030 - Research Techniques in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3.0 cr)
BIOL 1001 -  Nature of Life (2.0 cr)
BIOL 1009 - General Biology [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2032 - General Microbiology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3899 - Pre-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
BIOL 3900 - Internship (1.0-2.0 cr)
BIOL 3901 - Post-Internship Seminar (0.5 cr)
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment (4.0 cr)
ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements (3.0 cr)
ENSC 4100 - Capstone in Environmental Science (3.0 cr)
NATR 3374 - Ecology [BIOL SCI](4.0 cr)

 

Chemistry Core Requirements
Required Courses - 17 credits. Some courses may also count towards the liberal education requirements.
CHEM 1061 - Chemical Principles I [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV](3.0 cr)
CHEM 1062 - Chemical Principles II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 1065 - Chemical Principles I Laboratory [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV]  (1.0 cr)
CHEM 1066 - Chemical Principles II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
CHEM 2301 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2310 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory I (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3022 - Chemical Analysis in the Biological and Environmental Sciences (4.0 cr)

 

Math and Physics Core Requirements
Required Courses - 11 credits. Some courses may also count towards the liberal education requirements.
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK](3.0 cr)
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH THINK](4.0 cr)
PHYS 1101 - Introductory College Physics I [PHYS SCI](4.0 cr)
 

 Liberal Education Requirements
A minimum of 40 liberal education credits are required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required.

COMM 3303 - Writing in Your Profession (3.0 cr)
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT](3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT](3.0 cr)
ECON 1010 - Global Trade Economics [GLOB PERSP](3.0 cr)
ECON 2101 - Microeconomics [HI/BEH/SSC](3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT](3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Students must take 3 credits of any CA courses.
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Agricultural Environmental StewardshipAgricultural Environmental Stewardship

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in agricultural environmental stewardship trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues, by providing them with the background of agricultural operations that enables them to understand the fate of chemicals in the environment and the impact agriculture can have on the fate and transport of chemicals in the environment. Students also learn about techniques in various fields of agriculture that minimize the impact on the environment while still producing the food, energy, shelter, and other commodities needed to sustain the human population.

Graduates with this emphasis will

Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Requirements
Required Courses - 15 credits
AGRO 1183 - Field Crops: Production Principles (3.0 cr)
ANSC 3004 - Livestock Facilities and Environmental Systems (3.0 cr)
ASM 2200 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems (3.0 cr)
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
 
Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Environmental EcologyEnvironmental Ecology

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental ecology is designed to not only provide students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues, but also to provide graduating students with an ecological perspective on the relationships and interdependence of organisms in terrestrial and aquatic habitats. Students electing to pursue this emphasis area become familiar with water quality issues, soil quality issues, and research and analytical techniques used to analyze various substrates for environmental contaminants. Students learn the impact that human activities can have on these biota, but also how the biota can be used in biological remediation techniques to remove the contamination caused by human activities.

Graduates with this emphasis will

 

Environmental Ecology Requirements
Required Courses - 19 credits
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV](3.0 cr)
NATR 3480 - Ecological Restoration (3.0 cr)
NATR 3699 - Integrated Resource Management (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)

 

Environmental Ecology Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Environmental HealthEnvironmental Health

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental health trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of how environmental or occupational factors (physical, chemical, and biological) interact with a human body causing an adverse impact on human health or the ecological balances essential to long-term human survivorship.

Graduates with this emphasis will

Environmental Health Requirements
Required Courses - 18 credits
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2103 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I (4.0 cr)
BIOL 2104 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II (4.0 cr)
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
PUBH 3102 - Issues in Environmental and Occupational Health (UMTC) (3.0 cr)

 

Environmental Health Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Environmental Toxicology and ChemistryEnvironmental Toxicology and Chemistry

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in environmental toxicology and chemistry trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of the impacts of environmental contaminants on the biota. Chemical and toxicological aspects of environmental science are emphasized.

Graduates with this emphasis will

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Requirements
Required Courses - 19 to 18 credits
CHEM 2302 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2311 - Organic Chemistry Laboratory II (2.0 cr)
CHEM 3021 - Biochemistry (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3104 - Toxicology (3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2012 - General Zoology (4.0 cr)
or BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)

 

Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Individualized Environmental SciencesIndividualized Environmental Sciences

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in individualized environmental sciences allows students and advisers to select courses from the entire list of environmental science electives for the environmental sciences major. This allows students to work out an individual plan of study in cooperation with their academic advisers to prepare them for any particular aspect of environmental sciences that may not be covered by one of the existing emphasis areas. This emphasis area also allows great flexibility for individual students while maintaining the strong background in the sciences needed to be a successful environmental scientist.

Individualized Environmental Sciences Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 20 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Water QualityWater Quality

The B.S. in environmental sciences with an emphasis in water quality trains students with the scientific background and practical skills needed to successfully address environmental issues while also providing them with an understanding of water movement in terrestrial and aquatic systems and how this water movement impacts pollutant movement. In addition students will understand how the presence of pollutants in aquatic systems impacts the water quality and how watersheds can be managed to minimize the presence of pollutants and their impact on human and environmental health.

Graduates with this emphasis area will:

Water Quality Requirements
Required Courses - 23 credits
BIOL 2022 - General Botany (3.0 cr)
BIOL 3722 - Limnology (3.0 cr)
GEOL 1001 - Introductory Geology [PHYS SCI, PEOPLE/ENV](3.0 cr)
SOIL 1293 - Soil Science (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)
SWM 3224 - Soil and Water Conservation (4.0 cr)
SWM 3225 - Watershed Management (3.0 cr)

 

Water Quality Electives
Students must complete enough electives credits from the following courses to satisfy the 120 credit requirement for graduation.
Take 1 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

 

 


Environmental Sciences Minor Curriculum

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Math, Science and Technology
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The environmental sciences minor introduces students to the core concepts of environmental sciences. Students will gain an overall understanding of environmental sciences and its importance in today's society. This minor meshes well with major courses of study in biology, agronomy, horticulture, animal science, and natural resources giving these students a feel for how their disciplines interact with environmental sciences. It also helps develop critical thinking skills in applying science-based decision making as it pertains to the environment.


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Minor Requirements

Minor Requirements (20 cr)
BIOL 3420 - Ecotoxicology (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3124 - Environmental Science and Remediation Techniques (3.0 cr)
ENSC 3720 - Fate of Chemicals in the Environment (4.0 cr)
ENSC 4022 - Risk Assessment and Environmental Impact Statements (3.0 cr)
NATR 1226 - Environmental Science and Sustainability [BIOL SCI, PEOPLE/ENV] (3.0 cr)
SWM 3009 - Hydrology and Water Quality (4.0 cr)