The Washington State University Catalog

Environmental Science

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Environmental Science(120 Hours)

This course of study for the bachelor’s degree is organized around the requirements listed below. A sequence will be designed by each student and the major advisor to provide an individualized area of specialization. The program has identified seven optional areas of specialization: agricultural ecology and soils, biological science, hazardous waste management, environmental education, air and water quality, natural resources management, and environmental analysis. Students may also, in consultation with their advisor, develop an area of specialization outside of those identified. Eighteen hours are required in the chosen area of specialization (normally in not more than two departments). Each major must also complete 8 hours in a modern foreign language unless he/she has completed two years of such language in high school (or one year in high school and 4 hours in the same language at WSU). The program provides a strong foundation for advanced study in many professional and basic research fields.

Requirements for certification into the Bachelor of Science Program in Environmental Science:

1.) completion of 30 semester hours of course work with a gpa of 2.00, and

2.) completion of the courses listed in the catalog in the freshman year of the environmental science curriculum with a grade of C- or better. (Courses not required to fulfill university requirements for graduation may be waived for certification.)
First Year
First TermHours
CHEM 105 [PSCI]14
ENGLISH 101 [WRTG]3
ENVR SCI 101 [BSCI]4
HISTORY 105 [ROOT]3
Second TermHours
CHEM 1064
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS]3
ENGLISH 201 [WRTG]3
MATH 140 [QUAN] or 171 [QUAN]14
Second Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 1064
GEOLOGY 2303
Humanities [HUM]3
PHYSICS 101 or 2014
Second TermHours
BIOLOGY 1074
GEOLOGY 101, 102, 210, or SOIL SCI 2013 or 4
Option Course3
Social Sciences [SSCI]3
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third Year
First TermHours
BIOLOGY 3724
ENVR SCI 3104
ENVR SCI 4902
STAT 212 or 4123 or 4
Electives3
Second TermHours
300-400-level GEOLOGY Course4
300-400-level Option Course3
Creative & Professional Arts [ARTS], Humanities [HUM], or Social Sciences [SSCI]23
Environmental Policy Elective33
ENVR SCI 404 [M]3
Fourth Year
First TermHours
300-400-level Option Courses6
Diversity [DIVR]23
MBIOS 301 or 3034
Electives3
Second TermHours
Advanced Physics43 or 4
ENVR SCI 4444
ENVR SCI 4911
Integrative Capstone [CAPS]3
Option Courses6

Footnotes

1MATH 107 or concurrent enrollment is the prerequisite for CHEM 105 and MATH 140/171.
2The remaining UCOREs should include paired introductory and 300-400-level courses in econoomics, agricultural economics, and either sociology or cultural anthropology. Consult advisor.
3Select one from POL S 430, NATRS 438, or ENVR SCI 335.
4PHYSICS 102 or 202, or ENVR SCI 414 and 415.
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