Environmental Science

Housed in RWU’s state-of-the-art Marine and Natural Sciences Building, the interdisciplinary Environmental Science program ties together biology, chemistry and physics to reveal how these processes shape the natural world. Through research and an array of electives in fields like earth sciences, resource management and law, you’ll discover how humans affect nature and learn how to protect the environment in your career as a scientist, policymaker or educator.

The Environmental Science Major

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The Environmental Science major is an interdisciplinary program designed to develop an understanding of environmental processes and issues, and an awareness of our role as humans within the environment. The Environmental Science major encompasses several interrelated fields, including biology, ecology, chemistry, resource management, policy making, and natural science. Students graduating with this degree can expect to either proceed to graduate level study or enter the environmental workplace. A degree in environmental science presents numerous opportunities in the fields of resource management, ecological risk assessment, conservation biology and environmental education.
Students who declare Environmental Science majors must complete NATSC 103 and BIO 104 with an average grade of C or higher in order to continue in the program.
Environmental Science majors pursuing the Bachelor of Science degree must complete two semesters of calculus and one semester of Biostatistics. The Bachelor of Arts degree requires MATH 250 and MATH 136 or above. A paper or other evidence of the student’s ability to conduct investigations, use library resources, and write a report following a standard format is required in each advancedlevel course. A 200- level or higher Critical Writing course is prerequisite to advanced courses and should be completed prior to the junior year.
Environmental Science majors must satisfy all University Core Curriculum requirements and the College speech requirement, COMM 210. In addition, environmental science majors must successfully complete the following courses and sufficient electives to total 120 credits. Majors are encouraged to apply electives toward a minor or second major.

Foundation Requirements:

NATSC103Earth Systems Science and Lab 
NATSC203Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability 
NATSC204Principles of Oceanography 
BIO104Biology II and Lab 
CHEM191, 192Principles of Chemistry I and II and Labs 
MATH250Introduction to Biostatistics 
and   
MATH213Calculus I and Labs (B.S. degree) 
MATH214Calculus II and Labs (B.S. degree) 
or   
MATH136Precalculus or above (B.A. degree) 

Intermediate Level Requirements:

*BIO240Concepts of Ecology 
*BIO360Limnology and Lab 
CHEM201, 202Environmental Chemistry I and II and Labs 
PHYS201, 202Principles of Physics I and II and Labs (B.S. degree) 
or
PHYS109, 110Physics I and II and Labs (B.A. degree) 

and
Environmental Science Upper Level Electives: Select five (5) courses chosen from
list:

ANTH222Environmental Anthropology 
BIO230Microbiology and Lab 
BIO312Conservation Biology 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis 
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
ENGR320Environmental Engineering 
ENGR405Air Pollution and Control 
ENGR407Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 
LS200Environmental Law 
NATSC301Marine Resource Management 
NATSC305Marine Geology 
NATSC310Biogeochemical Cycling 
NATSC315Meteorology and Climatology 
NATSC333Environmental Monitoring and Lab 
NATSC/BIO375Soil Ecology and Lab 
NATSC401Environmental Toxicology and Lab 
NATSC469Environmental Science Internship 
and
Three (3) Free Electives for B.S.
*Note: Environmental Science majors may apply a maximum of two (2) courses from the major requirements towards minors in Biology or Marine Biology. Environmental Science majors may use a maximum of two (2) upper-level electives towards the elective requirements for majors in Biology or Marine Biology.

The Environmental Science Minor

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Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Science

BIO104Biology II and Lab 
NATSC103Earth Systems Science and Lab 
NATSC203Humans, Environmental Change and Sustainability 

and
At least seven (7) credits from Environmental Science Upper Level Electives:
(total of 18 credits)

ANTH222Environmental Anthropology 
BIO230Microbiology and Lab 
BIO240Concepts of Ecology 
BIO312Conservation Biology 
BIO332Fisheries Science 
BIO360Limnology and Lab 
BIO367Urban Ecosystems 
CHEM312Instrumental Methods of Analysis 
CHEM434Advanced Environmental Chemistry 
CIS350Geographical Analysis of Data: An Introduction to GIS 
ENGR320Environmental Engineering 
ENGR340Sustainable Energy Systems 
ENGR405Air Pollution and Control 
ENGR407Solid and Hazardous Waste Management 
LS200Environmental Law 
NATSC204Principles of Oceanography 
NATSC301Marine Resource Management 
NATSC305Marine Geology 
NATSC310Biogeochemical Cycling 
NATSC315Meteorology and Climatology 
NATSC333Environmental Monitoring 
NATSC/BIO375Soil Ecology and Lab 
NATSC401Environmental Toxicology and Lab