Environmental Sciences

Robert Thorson, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, teaches an environmental science class along the Fenton River. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
Robert Thorson, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, teaches along the Fenton River.

The major in Environmental Sciences is based in the physical and biological sciences, but also includes course work in selected areas of the social sciences. The major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree, and may be adopted by students in either the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This curriculum offers a comprehensive approach to the study of environmental problems, including not only a rigorous scientific background, but also detailed analyses of the social and economic implications of environmental issues. The complexity and interdisciplinary nature of environmental science is reflected in the core requirements of the major. These courses, assembled from several different academic departments representing two colleges, provide both breadth and depth, preparing students for careers that deal with environmental issues, and for graduate study in environmental sciences and related fields.

Required courses in Basic (Natural) Sciences

ARE 1150; ECON 1200 or 1201; GEOG 2300; GSCI 1050; and MARN 1002 are prerequisites for several upper division course concentration options. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all pre-requisites in the catalog for concentration courses have been satisfied.

Required Sophomore Seminar Course

A 2000-level environmental sciences sophomore seminar course as approved by the advisor.

  • Required Capstone Course

  • NRE 4000W (3 credits). Completion of NRE 4000W satisfies the writing in the major and information literacy exit requirements.

    Required Internship or Research Experience

    1-6 credits of internship and/or research experience. Internship and/or research experience must be approved by the student’s advisor.

    Area of Concentration

    All students majoring in Environmental Sciences must declare and fulfill the requirements of a concentration in a discipline associated with the program before graduation. Approved concentrations are listed below:

    Sustainable Systems Concentration

    Students must complete at least two courses from each of the following Knowledge Competencies. The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one knowledge competency.

    Resource Management

    EEB 2208; GEOG 3340; MARN 3030; NRE 2010, 2215, 2345, 3105, 3125, 3155, 3305, 3335, 3345/W, 3500, 3535, 4335, 4575.

    Ecological Systems

    EEB 2244/W, 3247, 4230W; EEB 3230/MARN 3014; NRE 2455, 3205, 4340.

    Students must complete at least one course from each of the following Knowledge Competencies.

    Built Systems

    AH 3175; GEOG 2400; HORT 3765; LAND 3230W; NRE 3265.

    Governance and Policy

    AH 3174; ARE 3235, 3434, 3437, 4438, 4462; ECON/MAST 2467; GEOG 3320W; MAST/POLS 3832; NRE 3000, 3201, 3245; POLS 3412; SOCI 3407/W.

    Ethics, Values, and Culture

    ANTH 3339; ENGL 3240, 3715; GEOG 3410; HIST 3540, 3542; JOUR 3046; PHIL 3216; SOCI 2701, 2705, 2709W, 3407/W.

    Economics and Business

    ARE 3235, 4305, 4438, 4444, 4462, 4464; ECON/MAST 2467; ECON 3466, 3473.

    Global Change Concentration

    Students must complete at least two courses from each of the following Knowledge Competencies. The same course cannot be used to fulfill more than one knowledge competency.

    Climate Change and its Impacts

    GEOG 3400, 4300; GSCI 3010; MARN 3000; NRE 3115, 3146, 4170.

    Land and Ocean Use and its Impacts

    EEB 2208; GEOG 3310, 3410; GSCI 3020; GSCI/MARN 3230; HORT 3765; MARN 3001, 3030, 4066; NRE 2215, 2345, 3105, 3115, 3155, 4340; NRE 4135/GSCI 4735.

    Natural Science

    CHEM 4370, 4371; EEB 2244/W, 2245/W, 3247; EEB 3230/MARN 3014; EEB/GSCI 4120; GEOG 2300; MARN 2002, 2060, 3003Q, 4030W, 4060; NRE 2455, 3125, 3145, 3205; SOIL 2120, 3410.

    Students must complete at least one course from each of the following Knowledge Competencies.

    Methods

    CE 2251; CE/ENVE 3530/GSCI 3710; EEB 4230W; GEOG 3500Q; GEOG/GSCI 4230; GEOG/MARN 3505; MARN 3003Q; NRE 2000, 2010, 3305, 3345/W, 3535, 4335, 4475, 4535, 4544, 4545, 4575, 4665; PHYS 2400; STAT 2215Q, 3025Q.

    Governance and Policy

    AH 3174; ARE 3235, 3434, 3437, 4438, 4462; ECON/MAST 2467; EVST/POLS 3412; GEOG 3320W; MAST/POLS 3832; NRE 3000, 3201, 3245; SOCI 3407/W.

    Human Health Concentration

    Students must pass all of the following: AH 3021, 3175, 3275; ANSC 4341; MCB 2610.

    Students must pass two of the following; totaling 6 or more credits: ANSC 4642; MCB 2400, 3010, 3011, 3201, 3633, 4211; PVS 2100.

    Students must pass one of the following: AH 3570, 3571, 3573, 3574; PVS 4300.

    Note: A B.S. in Environmental Sciences can also be earned through the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. For the complete requirements, refer to the Environmental Sciences description in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources section of this Catalog.

     

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