Major in Environmental Science and Studies

The Environmental Science Concentration prepares students to become environmental problem-solvers in a world confronting climate change, population expansion, pollution and depletion of natural resources. Students in this concentration select from several tracks depending on student interest in Biology, Chemistry, Geology or the more general, Environmental Science.

Environmental Science Concentration

The Environmental Science Concentration requires 43–45 units. Students then choose a track that provides advanced study in one of three different fields: biology, chemistry or geology, or for students who choose not to specialize, a more general Environmental Science Track is also available. Each track has its own required courses and electives. The Environmental Science Concentration requires a total of 71–86 units (depending upon the track selected).

Common Required Courses 

Environmental Biology Track 

Environmental Chemistry Track

Environmental Geology Track 

CHEM 220
& 220L
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LECTURE]
and ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LAB]
4-5
or GEOL 410 METHODS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
PHYS 211 GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED 5 4
GEOL 305 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY 4
GEOL 331 MINERALOGY 4
4
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
HYDROGEOLOGY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
3-4
SUSTAINABILITY AND THE USE OF NATURAL RESOURCES
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY (if not taken as required)
PETROLOGY OF IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC ROCKS
PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY (if not taken as required)
2-4
Total Units 25-29

Environmental Science Track 

BIOL 200
& 200L
BIOLOGY I: INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LECTURE]
and INTRODUCTION TO CELLULAR BIOLOGY AND GENETICS [LAB]
4
CHEM 220
& 220L
ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LECTURE]
and ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY [LAB]
5
or CHEM 330 ESSENTIALS OF ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
PHYS 211
& PHYS 212
GENERAL PHYSICS I; NON CALCULUS-BASED
and GENERAL PHYSICS II; NON CALCULUS-BASED 3
8
4
GENERAL ECOLOGY
CONSERVATION BIOLOGY
LIMNOLOGY
HYDROGEOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
9-12
Total Units 30-33

Suggested Four-Year Plan

Based on course availability and student needs and preferences, the selected sequences will probably vary from those presented below. Students should consult with their adviser to make the most appropriate elective choices.

Freshman
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
CHEM 131
& 131L (Core 8)
4 BIOL 206
& 206L (Core 7)
4
MATH 119 or 211 (Core 3) 4 CHEM 132
& 132L
4
Select one of the following:1 4 ECON/GEOG/POSC lower level (Core 6) 3
Core 2 (or Core 1) 3
 
Core 1 (or Core 2) 3  
  15   14
Sophomore
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
ECON 205, GEOG 375, MATH 231, or MATH 237 3 ECON/GEOG/POSC upper level 3
ECON/GEOG/POSC lower level 3 Track Requirement 4
GEOL 121 (or Track Requirement) 4 Track Requirement 4
Core 4 3 Core 10 3
Core 5 3  
  16   14
Junior
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
ECON/GEOG/POSC upper level 3 ENGL 318 (Core 9) 3
HLTH 451 or PHIL 255 3 Track Requirement 4
Track Requirement 4 Track Requirement 5
Core 11 3 Core 13 3
Core 12 3  
  16   15
Senior
Term 1 Units Term 2 Units
ENVS 482, 485, or 491 3 Track Requirement or elective 3
Track Requirement 3 Track Requirement or elective 3
Track Requirement 4 Elective 3
Core 14 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
  16   15
Total Units 121

View more information: https://catalog.towson.edu/undergraduate/fisher-science-mathematics/environmental-science-studies/environmental-science-studies-environmental-science/

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