School of Natural Sciences

Certificate in Environmental Science

The Certificate in Environmental Science provides an opportunity for students to supplement their major in another discipline with acknowledged course work in the environmental sciences. Prerequisite requirements are usually applicable for upper level course work and must be fulfilled before the courses can be taken. Biology major courses may be repeated only a limited number of times including late withdrawals. Required to be a major in Biology, Chemistry, Geoscience or Physics, or having completed a BA or BS degree. Students pursuing the General Studies degree may be able to add the Environmental Science Certificate with the coordinator's approval. Contact a Natural Science advisor for more information.

Certificate Requirements

Students pursing a Certificate in Environmental Science must complete the following requirements

  • 25 credit hours of required courses
  • Courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher
  • Courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise noted
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 across all courses required for the certificate

Admission Requirements

The following courses are to be completed before admission into the certificate program.

  • BIOL-L 101 Introduction to Biological Sciences I (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 102 Introduction to Biological Sciences II (5 cr.)
  • BIOL-L 211 Molecular Biology
  • CHEM-C 105 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM-C 125 Experimental Chemistry I (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 106 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHEM-C 126 Experimental Chemistry II (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 341 Organic Chemistry I Lecture
  • CHEM-C 343 Organic Chemistry Lab I (2 cr.)
  • One of the following
    • GEOL-G 100 General Geology (5 cr.)
    • GEOG-G 107 Physical Systems of the Environment
  • One of the following
    • MATH-M 122 College Algebra
    • MATH-M 125 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
  • One of the following sequences
    • PHYS-P 201/202 General Physics I/II (10 cr.)
    • PHYS-P 221/222 Physics I/II (10 cr.)

Course Requirements

  • Eight credits from the following Biology Courses
    • BIOL-L 473/474 Ecology/Field & Laboratory Ecology (3/2 cr.)
    • MICR-M/BIOL-L 420/474 Environmental Microbiology/Field & Laboratory Ecology (3/2 cr.)
    • BIOL-L 343 Applied Conservation Biology (5 cr.)
    • BIOL-L 303 Field Biology
    • BIOL-L 490 Individual Study
  • CHEM-C 303 Environmental Chemistry
  • CHEM-C 333 Experimental Environment Chemistry (2 cr.)
  • CHEM-C 318 Spectrochemistry and Separations
  • GEOG-G 338 Geographic Information Systems
  • GEOL-G 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
  • Complete one of the following
    • PHYS-P 310 Environmental Physics
    • COAS-S 399 Internship

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