2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog
Environmental Science - The Critical Zone Concentration (BS)
College of Earth, Ocean, & Environment Breadth Requirements:
The College Breadth Requirements are taken in addition to the University Breadth Requirement. Up to three credits from each of the University Breadth Requirement categories may be used to simultaneously satisfy these College Breadth Requirements. College Breadth courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C-. Coursework in each category must represent two different disciplines. If all but one course in a group has been taken in one department or program, a course cross-listed with that program will not satisfy the distribution requirement.
*note: three credits in each category below can be used to fulfill the University Breadth requirement
- Six credits of Creative Arts and Humanities .
- Understanding and appreciation of the visual and performing arts, of aesthetic forms, designs, or craftsmanship, or of literary, philosophical, and intellectual traditions. Courses may focus on a single aesthetic form or intellectual tradition, or cross-cultural comparisons.
- Six credits of History and Cultural Change .
- Understanding of the sources and forces of historical changes in ideas, beliefs, institutions, and cultures. Courses may address social, cultural, intellectual, economic, technological, artistic, scientific, and political development, changes in a discipline, or globalization and its effects.
- Six credits of Social and Behavioral Sciences .
- Understanding of the behavior of individuals and social groups in the context of their human and natural environments. Courses emphasize the empirical findings, applications, and methods of the social and behavioral sciences.
- Completion of the intermediate-level course (107,112, or 202) in an ancient or modern language with minimum grades of D-.
- The number of credits (0-12) needed and initial placement will depend on the number of years of high school study of foreign language.
- Students with four or more years of high school work in a single foreign language, or who have gained proficiency in a foreign language by other means, may attempt to fulfill the requirement in that language by taking an exemption examination through the Languages, Literatures and Cultures Department.
Second Writing Requirement:
A Second Writing Requirement approved by the College of Arts and Sciences. This course must be taken after completion of 60 credit hours, completed with a minimum grade of C-, and the section enrolled must be designated as satisfying the requirement in the academic term completed.
A minimum grade of C- is required in each of the above Core courses, Supporting Math and Science, the Field Experience, Concentration coursework, and Capstone Course.
Supporting Math and Science:
*Dependent on concentration, see concentration details for specifics
An approved 3-6 credit science field experience in which the student integrates the components of his or her concentration in an experiential learning environment. Experience MUST include data collection, manipulation of data sets, and weekly reports/field notes. This requirement could be fulfilled by an internship, study abroad experience, and/or a research experience so long as the above criteria are met. The following courses can be used to fulfill the field experience:
This three-credit capstone course serves as a culminating experience and is to be completed during the last semester of the senior year. This course will engage students in an exploration and discussion of the history and state of environmental studies and its connection to local, regional, national and global scale environmental issues. Students will develop and refine critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary problem-solving strategies. It serves to be a culminating experience for students on the “science-side” and the “studies-side” to collaboratively solve problems and discuss issues in the current environmental literature.
Complete 4-5 credits from the following (PLSC course completed from above list may not be used to satisfy this requirement):
After required courses are completed, sufficient elective credits must be taken to meet the minimum credit requirement for the degree.
Credits to Total a Minimum of 124
Last Revised 2016-2017 Academic Year