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Undergraduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 
Undergraduate Catalog 2015 - 2016 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science, B.S.

Hours required for degree: 120

Hours required for major: 71-74

Special Tracks: Honors Program, Environmental Biology, Environmental Geology, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Technology, Environmental Planning, Secondary Teacher Licensure Program

Note: Environmental Science is part of the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences.


Requirements of the College of Sciences and Health Professions: 

A minimum of 120 credit hours is required for a degree, of which 42 semester credit hours must be earned in 300- and/or 400-level courses.

Major-Field Requirements

All majors must take 59 credits of core courses and 16 elective credits in one of the special environmental foci described below.

Choose one of the following physical science lecture and lab courses

 Note : Courses not taken to fulfill this requirement may be used as Geology focus credits.

Choose two of the following planning and policy courses

 Note: Courses not taken to fulfill this requirement may be used as Environmental Planning focus credits.


Although not required, students are urged to take MTH 181 - Calculus I  and MTH 182 - Calculus II .

The university requirement for at least one WAC course within the major can be satisfied using EVS 390  or UST 435 .

B. Environmental Focus Areas - Sixteen Credit Hours

Complete 16 credit hours of electives in one of the following focus areas: Environmental Biology; Environmental Geology; Environmental Chemistry; Environmental Technology; or Environmental Planning.


If not used as a core course requirement, students may take EVS 354 , EVS 355 , EVS 424 , EVS 425 , EVS 444 , EVS 445 , EVS 460 , EVS 461 , UST 435 , UST 436 , and UST 441  to satisfy environmental focus electives where appropriate.

WAC courses within the major include EVS 490 , EVS 496 , EVS 497 , UST 435 , and UST 436 

With the approval of the departmental adviser, a student may develop an alternative selection of focused electives from the above lists.

Environmental Science with Secondary Teacher License

The CSUteach Program offers an integrated science license. This licensure program requires coursework from the College of Science and College of Education and Human Services. Contact the CSUteach Program for education courses required for undergraduate and post-baccalaureate secondary Teacher Licensure Programs (216-687-3709 or JH 345).

See also Education, Adolescent and Young Adult with Licensure, Grades 7-12 .


BS in Environmental Science, Integrated Science License, Grades 7-12


Students will also need to complete additional CSUteach education courses. Please see the College of Education, CSUteach program catalog for details.

Environmental Science Honors Program

Environmental Science Honors students will undertake three or four credits of research (EVS 491) in a supervising faculty member’s laboratory on a project approved by the faculty member and by the department’s Honors Program Committee. A written report on the research project must be defended before a three-person faculty review committee (EVS 493). Honors Seminar (EVS 492) must be taken twice, and an oral report on the project must be given as a research seminar when the student takes EVS 492 for the second time. To remain in the program the student must sustain the grade-point averages required for admission to the program, as well as the approval of the faculty member supervising the student’s honors research.

Environmental Science for University Scholars

University scholars, who are Biology majors, are required to perform 8 credits of specialized coursework within the upper division electives required for their degree. Scholars who qualify for the departmental honors program and obtain a faculty mentor may satisfy this requirement by completing the EVS Honors Program. Alternatively, they fulfill this requirement by taking 8 credits of any combination of EVS courses taken as a “contract” course. All of these require the prior agreement of the course’s instructor. A course becomes a contract course if, before the course begins, the student makes an agreement with the course instructor to prepare extra topical assignments related to the course. Students may link this assignment in the contract course with enrollment in EVS or BIO 391, which is a WAC course in the major field of study thereby satisfying this general education requirement.

Requirements for University Scholars majoring in Environmental Science

  1. Fulfill the requirements for the Environmental Science honors program OR
  2. 8 credits of the following courses:
  • EVS 496 Independent Study in Environmental Science
  • EVS 497 Independent Research in Environmental Science
  • Upper level BIO or EVS courses (300 level or 400 level) as a “contract course”, with additional .exercise, library research and writing under the supervision of the course instructor.