ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (ESCI)

College of Arts and Sciences, Interdisciplinary Program
Owens Science Hall (OWS) 352, (651) 962-5220
Martinovic-Weigelt (BIOL), program director; Lamb (GEOL) assistant director

Department Web Site: http://www.stthomas.edu/environmentalscience/

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary science program focused on solving environmental problems that lie at the interface between biology, chemistry, and geology. Students participate in one of three concentrations (biology, chemistry, or geology) leading to the Bachelor of Science degree, each of which contains substantial coursework from each of these disciplines. This program provides excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue graduate degrees in conservation biology, environmental science, earth system science, or other environmentally-focused programs of study in the sciences. It also provides solid preparation for students planning other types of environmental careers, such as environmental consulting, law, policy, or research.

Students entering this program should contact the program director or a committee member. Each student will be assigned an adviser appropriate to the concentration that they choose for their course of study.

 

Major in Environmental Science, B.S.

All students must complete these core requirements for the Environmental Science majors.
Students will also choose one track from Biology, Chemistry and Geosciences.

Environmental Science core requirements:

Environmental Science courses (8 credits)

ESCI 310 Environmental Problem Solving (4 credits)
ESCI 430 Senior Research Seminar (4 credits)

Biology courses (4 credits)

BIOL 209 Biology of Sustainability (4 credits)

Geology courses (8 credits)

GEOL 115 Environmental Geology (4 credits)
GEOL 252 Geomorphology OR GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry (4 credits each)

Chemistry courses (4-8 credits)

CHEM 111 and 112 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits total)
or CHEM 115 Accelerated General Chemistry (4 credits)

Physics courses (4 credits)

PHYS 111 Classical Physics I (4 credits)
*PHYS 109 General Physics I - an acceptable PHYS choice for Biology and Geosciences track majors only (4 credits)

Mathematics courses (4-8 credits)

MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)
or MATH 108 and 109 Calculus with Review I and II (8 credits total)

Students must also complete the courses from their chosen track as listed below.

Biology Track

All Biology track students must complete the following four (4) courses:

BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology
BIOL 208 Biological Communications & Energetics
ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment
STAT 220 Statistics I

Plus 12 credits from the following (at least 4 credits must be 400-level)

BIOL 211 Introduction to Field Research
BIOL 328 Environmental Toxicology and Health
BIOL 333 Ecology
BIOL 335 Conservation Biology
BIOL 361 Medical Geology
BIOL 435 Aquatic Biology
BIOL 486 Seminar
BIOL 491 Individual Research

Plus 8 elective credits from the following (all courses are 4 credits each)

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I

ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability
or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics*
or ENVR 351 Environmental Policy

GEOG 321 Geographic Info Systems

GEOL 211 Earth Materials
or GEOL 252 Geomorphology
or GEOL 260 Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods
or GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry
or GEOL 410 Hydrogeology
or GEOL 491 Individual Research

MATH 114 Calculus II

PHYS 112 Classical Physics II
or PHYS 110 General Physics II

PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics*

POLS 309 Environmental Policy

To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director.

*Credit may only be granted once for PHIL 258 or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics.

Chemistry track

All Chemistry track students must complete the following five (5) courses:

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis
MATH 114 Calculus II
PHYS 112 Classical Physics II

Plus 16 credits from the following 4-credit courses (4-credits of which must be CHEM)

CHEM 320 Instrumental Analysis
or CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics
or CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy
or CHEM 440 Biochemistry I
or CHEM 491 Research (4-credit option only)

BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
or BIOL 208 Biological Communication & Energetics
or BIOL 211 Introduction to Field Research

ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment

ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability
or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics*
or ENVR 351 Environmental Policy

GEOG 321 Geographic Info Systems

GEOL 211 Earth Materials
or GEOL 252 Geomorphology
or GEOL 260 Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods
or GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry
or GEOL 410 Hydrogeology
or GEOL 491 Individual Research

PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics*

POLS 309 Environmental Policy

To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director.

*Credit may only be granted once for PHIL 258 or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics.

Geosciences track

All students in the Geosciences track must complete the following four (4) courses:

BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
BIOL 333 Ecology or BIOL 335 Conservation Biology
ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment
STAT 220 Statistics I

Plus 12 credits from the following (all courses are 4-credits):

GEOL 162 Earth's Record of Climate
GEOL 211 Earth Materials
GEOL 220 Oceanography
GEOL 252 Earth Surface Processes and Geomorphology
GEOL 260 Regional Geology and Field Methods
GEOL 461/BIOL 361 Medical Geology
GEOL 410 Hydrogeology
GEOL 462 Advanced Earth's Record of Climate
GEOL 491 Research

Plus eight (8) elective credits from the following (all courses are 4-credits):

BIOL 208 Biological Communication & Energetics
or BIOL 211 Introduction to Field Research

CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability
or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics*
or ENVR 351 Environmental Policy

GEOG 321 Geographic Info Systems
MATH 114 Calculus II
PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics*

PHYS 112 Classical Physics II
or PHYS 110 General Physics II

POLS 309 Environmental Policy

To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director.

*Credit may only be granted once for PHIL 258 or ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics.

Course Number Title Credits
ESCI  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ESCI  269 Research 2 OR 4
ESCI  310 Environmental Problem Solving 4
ESCI  389 Research 2 OR 4
ESCI  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
ESCI  430 Senior Research Seminar 4
ESCI  491 Reseach 2 OR 4
ESCI  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4