Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES)

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

The B.S. in Environmental Science is a multidisciplinary degree offered through the Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES) that provides a solid foundation in the basic sciences while permitting specialization in an area of focused study. An Environmental Science minor program is available.

The BS degree includes a science core and a series of electives in a single focus area.

At-a-Glance:

  • Hours required for major: 75
  • Hours required for minor: 19 or 20
  • Special Tracks:
    • Environmental Biology
    • Environmental Geology
    • Environmental Chemistry
    • Environmental Technology
    • Environmental Planning

Required Core Courses (59 credits):
  • MTH 147 Statistical Concepts with Applications [or one of the following: ANT 305, PSY 311, SOC 354, BIO 540]
  • PHY 221 College Physics I [or PHY 241, University Physics I]
  • PHY 470 Environmental Physics
  • CHM 261/266 General Chemistry I
  • CHM 262/267 General Chemistry II [or CHM 272/277, Honors General Chemistry]
  • BIO 200/201 Introductory Biology I
  • BIO 202/203 Introductory Biology II
  • GEO 223 Geospatial Concepts and Tools [or UST 403, Cartography and Graphics]
  • EVS 206 Introduction to Environmental Science
  • EVS 300/301 Physical Features of Ecosystems
  • EVS 302/303 Biological Features of Ecosystems
  • EVS 499 Exit Evaluation
  • two of the following planning & policy courses:
    • ENV 435 Environmental Policy
    • ENV 441 Environmental Planning
    • ENV 442 Environmental Finance and Capital Budgeting
    • CVE 471 Environmental Law, Regulation, and Compliance
  • and one of the following capstone courses:
    • EVS 490 Internship in Environmental Science
    • EVS 496 Independent Study in Environmental Science
    • EVS 497 Research in Environmental Science

Elective Environmental Focus (16 credits):

B.S. in Environmental Science majors must choose a focus area by selecting elective courses (totaling at least 16 credits) from among those given in one of the following course lists.

ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY FOCUS:
  • BIO 300/301 Plant Biology
  • BIO 302/303 Animal Biology
  • BIO 304/305 Population Biology and Evolution
  • BIO 416/417 Microbiology
  • BIO 420/421 Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BIO 424/425 Principles of Animal Physiology
  • BIO 450 Evolutionary Biology
  • BIO 452 Marine Ecology
  • BIO 453 Field Experience in Ecology and Conservation
  • BIO 454/455 Ecology
  • BIO 471 Summer Local Flora
  • BIO 472 Wetland Ecology
  • BIO 473 Spring Local Flora
  • BIO 474 Stream Ecology
  • EVS 450 Applied Ecology
  • EVS 454 Conservation Biology
  • EVS 455 Conservation Biology Laboratory

ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY FOCUS:
  • GEO 230 Natural Resources
  • GEO 304/305 Mineralogy
  • GEO 306/307 Petrology
  • GEO 312/313 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • GEO 354 Geochemistry
  • GEO 420/421 Rivers and Watershed of Northeast Ohio
  • GEO 425 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • GEO 427 Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Systems & Remote Sensing
  • GEO 444/445 Hydrogeology
  • GEO 460 Geomorphology

ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY FOCUS:
  • CHM 310/315 Survey Analytical Chemistry
  • CHM 311/316 Quantitative Analysis
  • CHM 320 Survey of Physical Chemistry
  • CHM 331/336 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHM 332/337 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHM 404/406 Environmental Chemistry

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY FOCUS:
  • ESC 203 Statics and Dynamics
  • ESC 250 Differential Equations for Engineers
  • ESC 301 Fluid Mechanics
  • CHE 461 Principles of Air Pollution Control
  • CVE 211/212 Surveying
  • CVE 361 Hydraulic Engineering
  • CVE 371 Environmental Engineering I
  • CVE 473/474 Environmental Engineering II
  • CVE 450 Environmental Technology
  • CVE 475 Solid Waste Engineering Management

ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING FOCUS:
  • ECN 202 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECN 474 Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • GEO 425 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • GEO 427 Advanced Topics in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing
  • UST 300 Economics of Policy Analysis
  • UST 375 Cities and Planning
  • UST 434 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • ENV 440 Environment and Human Affairs
  • ENV 443 Environmental Regulatory Compliance
  • MLR 301 Principles of Management

NOTE: with the approval of the departmental advisor, a student may develop an alternative selection of focused electives from the above lists.
Recommendation: Although not required, students are urged to take MTH 181/182 (Calculus I and II).


Environmental Science Minor
A minor program of study in Environmental Science consists of 19 or 20 credit hours. BIO 202/203, EVS 206, EVS 300/301, and EVS 302/303 are required courses. Select one of the following courses to complete the minor: CHM 255, CVE 471, or EVS 223.


For further information, contact the BGES office at (216) 687-2440 or bges@csuohio.edu. The Environmental Science advisor is Dr. Julie Wolin: phone (216) 687-3505 or email j.wolin@csuohio.edu.

Additional information: An award is presented annually to outstanding graduating environmental science major(s).


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Department of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences
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Campus Locations
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Room SI-219
(216) 687-2440
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