Environmental Sciences B.S.

All students must meet the University Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Students in the ENSC major must choose one of the following concentrations or an advisor approved self-design concentration (14-17 credits): 

Agriculture and the Environment

Conservation Biology and Biodiversity

Ecological Design

Environmental Analysis and Assessment

Environmental Biology

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Geology

Global Environmental and Climate Change

Water Resources

Major Requirements

A total of 120 credits is required for the degree.

BCOR 011Exploring Biology4
or BIOL 001 Principles of Biology
BCOR 012Exploring Biology4
or BIOL 002 Principles of Biology
CHEM 031General Chemistry 14
CHEM 032General Chemistry 24
CHEM 042Intro Organic Chemistry 14
or CHEM 141 Organic Chemistry 1
GEOL 055Environmental Geology4
or PSS 161 SU:Fundmntls of Soil Science
MATH 019Fundamentals of Calculus I 23
MATH 020Fundamentals of Calculus II 23
NR 140Applied Environ Statistics 23-4
or STAT 141 Basic Statistical Methods
ENSC 001SU: Intro Environmental Sci3
ENSC 009Orientation to Env Sciences 31
ENSC 130Global Environmental Assessmnt3
ENSC 160Pollutant Mvmt/Air,Land&Water4
ENSC 201Recovery&Restor Altered Ecosys4
ENSC 202Applied Envir Assess Analysis4
1

Students interested in concentrations such as environmental analysis and assessment or environmental chemistry should consider taking more advanced courses, such as CHEM 141/CHEM 142.

2

MATH 019/MATH 020 and NR 140 (or STAT 141) also fulfill RSENR general education requirements.

3

Internal and external transfer students to ENSC are exempt from ENSC 009.  (*Note: RSENR & CALS students only)

Concentration Requirements

agriculture and the environment concentration

PSS 162Soil Fertility & Conservation3
Choose a minimum of 11 additional credits from the following courses:11
Plant Systematics
Plant Communities
Rural Comm in Modern Society
Environmental Microbiology
Entomology & Pest Mgmt
Weed Ecology & Management
Plant Pathology
Forage and Pasture Mgmnt
Permaculture
Biological Control
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
SU: Advanced Agroecology
Soil Morph Class & Land Use
Chemistry of Soil & Water
Soil Water Movement
Soil Ecology
Soil/Water Pollution/Bioremed
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 11 elective credits with advisor approval.

conservation biology and biodiversity concentration

WFB 224Conservation Biology4
Choose ONLY one of the following :
Plant Systematics
Dendrology
Ornithology
Ichthyology
Choose a minimum of 10 additional credits from the following courses:
Zoos, Exotics & Endang Species
Genetics
SU:Ecology and Evolution
Morph & Evo of Vascular Plants
Plant Communities
Nat Areas Conservation&Steward
Forest Ecosystem Analysis
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
Population Genetics
Community Ecology
Sustain Mgmt Forest Ecosys
Ecosystems Ecology
Landscape Ecology
Soil Ecology
Fisheries Biology & Techniques
Prin of Wildlife Management
Florida Ecology Field Trip
Fisheries Management
Marine Ecology & Conservation
Terrestrial Wildlife
Wetlands Wildlife
Wildlife Behavior
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 10 elective credits with advisor approval.

ecological design concentration

NR 288Ecol Design & Living Technol3
Choose a minimum of 11 additional credits from the following courses:
Sustainable Community Dev
Renewable Energy Workshop
Solar Strategies Bldg Constrct
Independent Study
Economics of Sustainability
Community Design Studio
SU: Environmental Systems
Intro to Landscape Restoration
Campus Sustainability
SU:Sustainability Science
SU: Intro to Systems Thinking
Internship 1
Special Topics (Permaculture Practicum)
Undergraduate Research 1
Environmental Microbiology
Advanced Ecological Design
Greenhouse Operations & Mgmt
Landscape Design Fundamentals
Soil Fertility & Conservation
Ecological Landscape Design
Composting Ecology & Mgmt
Permaculture
SU: Advanced Agroecology
Soil Ecology
Soil/Water Pollution/Bioremed
SU: Ecotourism
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 11 elective credits with advisor approval.

environmental analysis and assessment concentration

CE 150Environmental Engineering3 or 4
or CHEM 121 Quantitative Analysis
Choose a minimum of 10-11 additional credits from the following courses:
Fundamentals of Field Science
SU: Environmental Systems
Hazardous Waste Mgmt Engr
Environmental Quantitive Anyl
Remote Sensing of Natural Res
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Environmental Microbiology
Intro to Geog Info Systems
GIS Practicum
Soil Morph Class & Land Use
Chemistry of Soil & Water
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 10-11 elective credits with advisor approval.

Environmental Biology Concentration

BCOR 102SU:Ecology and Evolution4
Choose a minimum of 12 additional credits from the following courses:
Population Ecology
Field Zoology
Mammalogy
Physiological Ecology
Population Genetics
Community Ecology
Plant-Animal Interactions
Speciation and Phylogeny
Evolution
Behavioral Ecology
Marine Ecology & Conservation
Limnology
Stream Ecology
Soil Ecology
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 12 elective credits with advisor approval.

environmental chemistry concentration

CHEM 121Quantitative Analysis 14
CHEM 221Instrumental Analysis 13
CHEM 291Undergraduate Research 21-18
Choose a minimum of 6 additional credits from the following courses:
Inorganic Chemistry
Intro Physical Chemistry
Internship 3
Undergraduate Research 3
Biochemistry I
Advanced Special Topics (Atmospheric Chemistry)
1

 Two semesters of Organic Chemistry (CHEM 141 and 142) and two semesters of Physics 011/012 or 051/052 are required for the Environmental Chemistry focus track.

2

 Must complete 4 credits of CHEM 291.

3

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 6 elective credits with advisor approval.

Environmental Geology Concentration

Choose a minimum of 14 credits from the following courses:
Field Geology
Glacial Geology
Environmental Geochemistry
Geomorphology
Geomorphology
SU:Field Methods in Geophysics
Advanced Field Geology
Vermont Field Geology
Environmental Isotope Geochem
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Intro to Geog Info Systems
Geog Info:Cncpts & Applic
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 14 elective credits with advisor approval.

GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE CHANGE CONCENTRATION

FOR/NR 146/GEOG 185Remote Sensing of Natural Res3
or NR 143 Intro to Geog Info Systems
Choose a minimum of 11 additional credits from the following courses:
SU: Environmental Systems
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
SU:Climate Chg: Sci & Percept
Climatology
Global Environmental Change
The Circumpolar Arctic
Intermediate Special Topics (Global Environment Change)
Adv Top: Global Change
Adv Top:Human Env Interactions (The Anthropocene)
Adv Top:Climate&Water Resource (Climatology and Natural Hazards)
Adv Top:Climate&Water Resource (Paleoclimatology)
Geomorphology
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
SU:Water as a Natural Resource
SU: Geography of Water
Landscape Ecology
GIS Practicum
Integrating GIS & Statistics
Soil Morph Class & Land Use
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 11 elective credits with advisor approval.

water resources concentration

Choose a minimum of 14 credits from the following courses:
Internship 1
Undergraduate Research 1
Adv Top:Climate&Water Resource (Snow Hydrology)
Environmental Geochemistry
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
SU:Water as a Natural Resource
SU: Geography of Water
Intro to Geog Info Systems
Limnology
Wetlands Ecology & Mgmt
Stream Ecology
Soil/Water Pollution/Bioremed
Fisheries Biology & Techniques
Marine Ecology & Conservation
1

A maximum of 3 credits of ENSC 195 and/or ENSC 196 may apply toward the 14 elective credits with advisor approval.