BS Environmental Sciences

Student Learning Outcomes

    Students will understand the fundamental concepts of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science directly related to the study of the environment.

    Students will have an understanding of laboratory and field techniques for the collection and analysis of data applied to environmental problems.

    Students will develop oral and written presentation skill used in a professional setting.

    Students will demonstrate the ability to investigate, evaluate literature, and research an advanced topic in environmental studies and critique ideas and opinions based on advanced study.

    Students will demonstrate an overall knowledge and application of concepts related to environmental studies in a professional setting through applied learning.

The environmental studies curriculum is designed to give students the depth of intellectual and analytical skills along with the scholarly background necessary to understand and solve environmental problems. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the resources of many related fields to provide the rigorous analysis necessary to understand environmental problems and formulate decisions that are environmentally sound.

The Bachelor of Science degree is intended to give intensive training in either the biological, conservation, or physical sciences.

A student in environmental studies must complete all requirements for the major [(General Core)+(B.A. or B.S. Core)+(B.A. or B.S. Electives)] with an overall “C” (2.00) GPA to graduate.

Due to the continual addition of new courses, the chair of the Department of Environmental Studies may consider the substitution of certain courses for those officially listed under the B.S. option.

Computer Competency Requirement: To satisfy the computer competency requirement for the B.A. or B.S. degree in environmental studies, a student must successfully complete CSC 105.

Oral Communication Competency Requirement: To satisfy the oral communication competency requirement for the B.S. or B.A. degree in environmental studies, a student must successfully complete EVS 495.

Applied Learning Requirement: To satisfy the applied learning competency for the B.A. in environmental studies or the B.S. degree in environmental sciences a student must successfully complete one of the following: honors in any science department (6 credits); directed individual study involving hands-on experience in any science department (minimum 1 credit); internship at an approved site that provides experience in the profession (minimum 1 credit); practicum at an approved site that provides experience in the profession (minimum 1 credit); formal student teaching experience (e.g. EDN 411); completion of senior project (EVS 490, 1-6 credits).

General core requirements for all Environmental Studies Majors (25 hours): BIO 201; CHM 101; CSC 105; EVS 195 and EVSL 195; GGY 130 or EVS 120 (GLY 120) and EVSL 120 (GLYL 120); MAT 111 or higher; STT 215 or GGY 222.

All students wishing to become environmental studies majors must successfully complete general core requirements before admittance into the major.

Requirements for a Major in Environmental Sciences for the B.S. degree: 63-69 hours total, comprised of the General Core plus option requirements. A student must select one of three options in environmental science: biological, conservation, or physical science. Each option emphasizes broad and comprehensive training in the fundamentals of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and earth science directly related to environmental questions. The B.S. in environmental science prepares students for positions in many diverse scientific areas such as environmental monitoring, pollution abatement, environmental technology development, environmental assessment, and consulting.

Biological Science Option: 38-42 hours (core and electives) in addition to the General Core:

Option Core: 23 or 27 hours: BIO 202, 366, BIOL 366; CHM 102, 377, CHML 377; PHY 105 or 101 and 102; EVS 495.

Option Electives: 15 hours, of which 11 hours must be at the 300 level or higher, from at least two areas: BIO 311, 312, 313, 318, 340, 345, BIOL 345, BIO 356, 357, BIOL 357, BIO 358, 362, 364, 368, 380, 425, 430, 434, 452, 455, 456, 458, 460, BIOL 460, BIO 462, 465, BIOL 465, BIO 466, 471, 474, 475, 478, 480, 482, 484, 485, 486, 487, 488; CHM 211, CHML 211, CHM 212, CHML 212, CHM 235, CHML 235, CHM 250, 312, CHML 312, CHM 321, CHML 321, CHM 365, 380, 415, 466, 467, 475, 478, 485; ENG 204, 313, 314; EVS 205, 281, 325, (ECN 325), 330 (ECN 330), 362 (BLA 362), 364, 420, 430, 431, 460, 462, 472, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 485, 490, 491, and/or 497, and/or EVS 498 (up to 6 hours total for any combination of EVS 491, 497, and 498), 499; GGY 235, 320, 328, 333, 336, 422, 424, 426; GLY 220, 226, 250, 350, 393; PHY 475; SHS 210; STT 305, 350.

Environmental Conservation Option: 47 hours in addition to the general core hours. This degree provides training in both the scientific and human dimensions aspects of environmental consrvation. A student completing this program would be prepared for positions in governmental agencies dealing land/resource management and in non-profit conservation organizations. Primary emphasis will be placed on interdisciplinary planning and stewardship of protected areas derivec from understanding pertinent physical, biological, and social processes. The emphasis for this degree program in on terrestrial and freshwater conservation.

Option Core: 32 hours: BIO 202, 366, BIOL 366, BIO 466; ECN 221; EVS 281, 325 (ENC 325) or 330 (ECN 330), 360, 362 (BLA 362), 364, 495.

Option Electives: 15 hours, of which 12 hours must be at the 300 level or higher, from at least 2 areas: BIO 311, 314, 356, 368, 430, 452, 456, 460, BIOL 460, 475, 478, 480, 482, 487; CHM 365, 377, CHML 377, CHM 475, 478; EVS 325 or 330, 361, 430, 431, 462, 470, 472, 476, 477, 485, 490, 491, and/or 497, and/or EVS 498 (up to 6 hours total for any combination of EVS 491, 497, and 498), 499; GGY 220,235,270, 328, 422, 424, 426, 435, 437; GLY 220, 458; REC 366; STT 350.

Physical Science Option: 44 hours in addition to General Core:

Option Core: 26 hours: CHM 102; EVS 495; GLY 220; MAT 161 and 162; PHY 101 and 102 or PHY 201 and 202.

Option Electives: 18 hours, of which 15 hours must be at the 300 level or higher, from at least two areas: BIO 487, 488; CHM 211, CHML 211, CHM 212, CHML 212, CHM 235, CHML 235, CHM 250, 312, CHML 312, CHM 321, CHML 321, CHM 365, 377, CHML 377, CHM 380, 415, 466, 467, 475, 478, 485; ENG 204, 313, 314; EVS 205, 281, 325 (ECN 325), 330 (ECN 330), 362 (BLA 362), 364, 420, 431, 460, 462, 472, 476, 477, 478, 479, 480, 485, 490, 491, and/or 497, and/or EVS 498 (up to 6 hours total for any combination of EVS 491, 497, and 498), 499; GGY 235, 270, 320, 328, 333, 335, 336, 383, 384, 422, 424, 426, 433, 435, 437, 473; GLY 226, 250, 335, 350, 420, 426, 431, 441, 450, 458, 465, 472; PHY 311-312, 475; SHS 210; STT 305, 350.


UNC Wilmington | 601 S. College Road, Wilmington NC 28403 | 910.962.3000 | About this Site | Copyright Notice | Feedback | Page maintained by:  A. Edwards [ edwardsa AT uncw DOT edu ]