Bachelor of Science, Environmental Science

Description of Major

College of Arts and Sciences
Interdisciplinary Program
Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt (BIOL), program director; Environmental Science Committee: Kris Wammer (CHEM), Jeni McDermott (GEOL), Lisa Lamb (GEOL), Kevin Theissen (GEOL), Kyle Zimmer (BIOL), and Elise Amel (ENVR program, advisory)

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 environmental science, conservation biology, 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 advisor appropriate to the concentration that they choose for their course of study.

Study Abroad Opportunities:
Environmental Science majors have a number of opportunities to study abroad.  As an interdisciplinary science major with course requirements from a wide range of disciplines, students should be able substitute courses taken abroad for courses in the major.  The number of courses with an environmental focus that are offered by study abroad programs is quite high, so it should not be difficult for Environmental Science majors to find appropriate courses that satisfy some major requirements.  Students should check with the program director or their advisor to make sure that the course they take abroad will substitute for an ESCI requirement. 

The field-based course requirement can also be satisfied by taking a field course abroad or one that is offered in the U.S. through our International Education program.

For more information check out UST's Study Abroad site
Research Opportunities:
Faculty associated with the Environmental Science program are some of the most active science researchers on campus. Many Environmental Science majors engage in substantial research activities that result in meeting presentations and publications. Students interested in research can discuss options with the program director (Kay) or any Environmental Science affiliated faculty. 
Typical Careers:

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, Environmental Scientists accounted for nearly 73,000 jobs in 2004. They also noted that in 2005, salary offers for graduates with a B.S. in environmental science averaged more than $31,000 a year.

Career fields in environmental science include:

Consulting: Help business and government comply with regulations, conduct environmental investigations, provide remediation, and produce engineering solutions.

Government Agencies: Conduct site assessments for transportation and community development, protect water resources, and study land use. Examples within the Twin Cities includes the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Environmental Policy and Law: Coordinate with governing bodies to create, update, and maintain current and future legislation regarding environmental issues facing communities from the city scale up to the state, national, or international level. Issues may include water quality, water quantity, energy solutions, pollution control, and nuclear waste disposal.

Contact Information:

If you have specific questions or would like to discuss this program, its requirements and benefits, contact:

Dr. Dalma Martinovic-Weigelt

OSS 118
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
Phone: (651) 962-5242
E-mail: mart6831@stthomas.edu

Major in Environmental Sciences: Concentration in Biology (B.S.)

Core Requirements (32-40 credits)

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
    •    GEOL 252 Geomorphology OR GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry
Chemistry courses (4-8 credits)

    •    CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits) OR CHEM 115 Acceleraged General Chemistry (4 credits)

Physics courses (4 credits)

    •    PHYS 111 Classical Physics I (4 credits) (PHYS 109, General Physics I, is an acceptable alternative for Biology and Geosciences tracks)
Mathematics courses (4-8 credits)

    •    MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) OR MATH 108, 109 Calculus with Review I and II (8 credits)

 

Biology track (36 credits)

  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 208 Biological Communications & Energetics (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • Plus 12 credits from the following list (at least 4 credits have to be 400-level):
    • BIO 211 Introduction to Field Ecology
    • BIOL 328 Environmental Toxicology
    • BIOL 333 Ecology
    • BIOL 335 Conservation Biology
    • BIOL 361 Medical Geology
    • BIOL 435 Aquatic Biology
    • BIOL 486 Environmental Physiology
    • BIOL 491 Individual Research
  • Plus 8 elective credits from the following:
    • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
    • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
    • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability, ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics, OR ENVR 351 Environmental Policy (all classes 4 credits)
    • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
    • GEOL 211 Earth Materials, GEOL 252 Geomorphology, GEOL 260 Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods, GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry, GEOL 410 Hydrogeology, GEOL 410 Hydrogeology, OR GEOL 491 Individual Research (all classes 4 credits)
    • Math 114 Calculus II
    • PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
    • PHYS 112 Classical Physics I OR PHYS 110 General Physics II
    • POLS 309 Environmental Policy (4 credits)
    • To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director

Major in Environmental Sciences: Concentration in Chemistry (B.S.)

Core Requirements (32-40 credits)

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
    •    GEOL 252 Geomorphology OR GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry
Chemistry courses (4-8 credits)

    •    CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits) OR CHEM 115 Acceleraged General Chemistry (4 credits)

Physics courses (4 credits)

    •    PHYS 111 Classical Physics I (4 credits) (PHYS 109, General Physics I, is an acceptable alternative for Biology and Geosciences tracks)
Mathematics courses (4-8 credits)

    •    MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) OR MATH 108, 109 Calculus with Review I and II (8 credits)

Chemistry track (36 credits)

  • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I (4 credits)
  • CHEM 202 Organic Chemistry II (4 credits)
  • CHEM 300 Quantitative Analysis (4 credits)
  • MATH 114 Calculus II (4 credits)
  • PHYS 112 Classical Physics I (4 credits)
  • Plus 12 credits from the following list (4 of which have to be CHEM):
    • CHEM 320 Instrument Analysis, CHEM 331 Chemical Thermodynamics and Reaction Dynamics, CHEM 332 Quantum Chemistry and Molecular Spectroscopy, CHEM 44 Biochemistry I, CHEM 491 Research (all classes 4 credits)
    • BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology, BIOL 208 Biological Communication & Energetics, OR BIOL 211 Introduction to Field Ecology (all classes 4 credits)
    • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
    • ENGR 123 Energy and the Environment (4 credits
    • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability, ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics, OR ENVR 351 Environmental Policy (all classes 4 credits)
    • GEOL 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
    • GEOL 211 Earth Materials, GEOL 252 Geomorphology, GEOL 260 Regional Geology and Geological Field Methods, GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry, GEOL 410 Hydrogeology, OR GEOL 491 Individual Research (all classes 4 credits)
    • PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
    • POLS 309 Environmental Policy (4 credits)
    • To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director

Major in Environmental Sciences: Concentration in Geoscience (B.S.)

Core Requirements (32-40 credits)

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
    •    GEOL 252 Geomorphology OR GEOL 310 Environmental Geochemistry
Chemistry courses (4-8 credits)

    •    CHEM 111, 112 General Chemistry I and II (8 credits) OR CHEM 115 Acceleraged General Chemistry (4 credits)

Physics courses (4 credits)

    •    PHYS 111 Classical Physics I (4 credits) (PHYS 109, General Physics I, is an acceptable alternative for Biology and Geosciences tracks)
Mathematics courses (4-8 credits)

    •    MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) OR MATH 108, 109 Calculus with Review I and II (8 credits)

Geosciences track (36 credits)

  • BIOL 207 Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology (4 credits)
  • BIOL 333 Ecology OR BIOL 335 Conservation Biology (4 credits)
  • ENGR 123 Enery and the Environment (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)
  • Plus 12 credits from the following list (at least 4 credits have to be 400-level):
    • 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
    • BIOL 361/GEOL 461 Medical Geology
    • GEOL 410 Hydrogeology
    • GEOL 462 Advanced Earth's Record of Climate
    • GEOL 491 Research
  • Plus 8 elective credits from the following:
    • BIOL 208 Biological Communication & Energetics, OR BIOL 211 Introduction to Field Ecology
    • CHEM 201 Organic Chemistry I
    • ECON 370 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics (4 credits)
    • ENVR 212 Society and Sustainability, ENVR 301 Environmental Ethics, OR ENVR 351 Environmental Policy (all classes 4 credits)
    • GEOG 321 Geographic Information Systems (4 credits)
    • MATH 114 Calculus II
    • PHIL 258 Environmental Ethics (4 credits)
    • PHYS 112 Classical Physics II OR PHYS 110 General Physics II
    • POLS 309 Environmental Policy (4 credits)
    • To help students meet specific academic goals, other classes may be taken for this requirement with prior approval from the ESCI director