Jess & Mildred Fisher College of Science & Mathematics

Environmental Science and Studies

Environmental Science Track

The major in Environmental Science and Studies major with an Environmental Science track requires 73-78 units. Students select this track if they are unsure of which area, geology, chemistry or biology they wish to focus in or if they want a broad exposure to the discipline with the expectation of continuing on to graduate study in one of these areas. Students graduating from this area are prepared for graduate programs or careers in environmental consulting, environmental monitoring, environmental compliance and other similar fields.

Required Courses

Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics ( 39-41 units)
BIOL 201 Cellular Biology and Genetics (4 units)
BIOL 202 Introduction to Ecology, Evolution & Behavior (4 units)





131, 131L

General Chemistry I (4 units)

General Chemistry I (3 units Lec, 1 unit Lab)





132, 132L

General Chemistry II (4 units)

General Chemistr II (3 units Lec, 1 unit Lab)

GEOL 121 Physical Geology (4 units)
PHYS 211-212 Physics I and II (4 units, 4 units)
One of the following:
CHEM 210 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry (5 units)
CHEM 330 Essentials of Organic Chemistry (5 units)
One of the following:
MATH 119 Pre-Calculus (4 units)
MATH 211 Calculus for Applications (3 units)
One of the following:
MATH 231 Basic Statistics (3 units)
MATH 237 Elementary Biostatistics (4 units)
GEOG 375 Quantitative Methods in Geography (3 units)
ECON 205 Statistics for Business and Economics (3 units)
Social Sciences/Humanities (18 units)
One of the following Advanced Writing courses:
ENVS 337 The Chesapeake Bay and Its Watershed (3 units)
ENGL  318 Advanced Informational Writing (3 units)
One of the following:
PHIL     255 Environmental Ethics (3 units)
HLTH    451 Introduction to Environmental Health (3 units)
Two, two-course sequences: [2, 6-unit sequences—an upper-level and lower-level course in the same discipline—from two disciplines]
GEOG  101 Physical Geography (3 units)
GEOG   410 Environmental Geography (3 units)
ECON 201 Microeconomic Principles (3 units)
ECON   375 Environmental Economics (3 units)
ECON   376 Natural Resource Economics (3 units)
POSC   103 American National Government (3 units)
POSC   207 State Government (3 units)
POSC   421 Politics and Environmental Policy (3 units)

Applications (3 units)

One of the following:
ENVS   482 Environmental Research (3 units)
ENVS 485 Environmental Internship (3 units)
ENVS 491 Senior Seminar (3 units)

Electives (13-16 units)

One of the following, plus two additional upper-level environmental electives in one discipline from biology, chemistry, geology or geography and one additional elective from any Environmental Science and Studies track.

BIOL 402 General Ecology (4 units)
BIOL 310 Conservation Biology (4 units)
BIOL 406 Limnology (4 units)
GEOL 415 Hydrogeology (4 units)
GEOL 305 Environmental Geology (4 units)


Environmental Science and Studies Program
Psychology Building, Room 210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-4920
E-mail: Dr. Christopher Salice at

environmental science student in a stream

Many classes focus on local environmental problems from the adjacent urban/suburban area and their impact on the surrounding region and the Chesapeake Bay.




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