Course listings for the environmental science concentrations can be found at the following links:
Because Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program, majority of the courses are offered through the engineering, mathematics, and various science departments at the University of St. Thomas. The Environmental Science program does offer two interdisciplinary courses that are required in order to successfully complete the major. These courses are ESCI 310: Environmental Problem Solving and ESCI 390: Senior Research Seminar.
ESCI 310 Environmental Problem Solving (4 credits)
This course explores methods of solving environmental problems. These problems are by nature, interdisciplinary and are rarely addressed in a substantive fashion in traditional science textbooks. In this course, students and faculty work together to develop a working model of a critical earth system or biogeochemical cycle (i.e. the carbon or nitrogen cycle), and learn how to make calculations of human-induced changes to that system. Students from all concentrations of the environmental science major will work together on this interdisciplinary research project using modeling and systems analysis software to more fully understand specific environments and the quantitative methods of assessing challenges to those environments. This course should be taken by all ESCI students during their junior year.
Prerequisite: Environmental Science majors should have completed BIOL 204, CHEM 201, or GEOL 211/252. Environmental Studies (ENVR) majors that wish to take this course should contact the ESCI program director or course instructor. ENVR majors with a social science, business, or humanities concentration may take this course after completion of their science sequence. ENVR majors with a science concentration must have completed their BIOL, CHEM, and GEOL requirements.
ESCI 390 Senior Research Seminar (4 credits)
This course is designed to fulfill the senior capstone experience in Environmental Science as it brings together students from all of the environmental science concentrations (biology, chemistry, and geology) to complete interdisciplinary research projects. In the semester prior to the course offering, Environmental Science majors, in consultation with their faculty advisors and the course instructor, will develop a research project that they will complete as part of this course. Students may also choose to more fully develop a research project in which they have been participating or propose a service-learning or community-based project. Furthermore, groups of students could propose to perform an interdisciplinary project. The format of this research is intentionally open-ended because it is meant to provide flexibility and choice to the students and the course instructor. Student-led seminars on topics of the students’ choosing will comprise most weekly meetings, along with updates on research progress and a final presentation to the St. Thomas community on the outcome of the student’s research projects. This course should be completed in the final Spring semester prior to graduation.
Prerequisite: ESCI 310 or permission of instructor; at least one ENVR course.