Environmental Earth Science

The Department Earth & Environmental Sciences (EENS) offers this environmental science major, which provides students with broad exposure to environmental problems, as well as training in essential problem-solving skills, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Informatics (EI). The major is not unlike the GEOL major in EENS in that it requires a broad background in the natural sciences, as well as a core curriculum that familiarizes students with tools and methods. Students completing the degree should be able to enter environmental scientist positions in private industry, environmental consulting, and regulatory agencies. In addition, the major provides a strong science background for individuals seeking to practice environmental law. Students majoring in environmental earth science may elect to broaden their background in environmental issues by completing a major in environmental studies in the School of Liberal Arts. Course requirements for the environmental earth science major are given below:

Course requirements for the environmental earth science major are given below:

I. Courses Required Outside EENS (seven courses)

  • EBIO 1010 - Diversity of Life with EBIO1015 Diversity of Life Laboratory
  • MATH 1210 - Calculus I (MATH1310 Consolidated Calculus may be taken instead of MATH1210/1220)
  • MATH 1220 - Calculus II (MATH1310 Consolidated Calculus may be taken instead of MATH1210/1220)
  • CHEM 1070 - General Chemistry I with CHEM 1075 General Chemistry Laboratory I
  • CHEM 1080 - General Chemistry II with CHEM 1085 General Chemistry Laboratory
  • CHEM 2500 - Environmental Chemistry
  • PHYS1210 – General Physics I with PHYS 1211 General Physics Laboratory (PHYS 1310/1311 will satisfy this requirement)

II. Foundational Courses (three courses)

  • EENS 1110 – Physical Geology with EENS 1115 Physical Geology Laboratory
  • EENS 1300 - Earth as a Living Planet with EENS 1305 Earth as a Living Planet Laboratory
  • EENS 2020 – Environmental Geology

III. Core Courses (five courses)

  • EENS 2070 - Weather & Climate
  • EENS 2090 – Surface Water Hydrology (should be taken as soon as possible after major declaration; C- or better required for the major).
  • EENS 3150 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems with EENS 3151 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems Laboratory
  • EENS 4020 – Geostatistics (offered biennially)
  • EENS 4300 – Groundwater Hydrology

IV. Electives (five courses)

Any five EENS Environmental courses at or above the 2000-level; a minimum of three electives must be at the 3000-4000 level. Environmental electives include the following courses: EENS 2080 Severe Weather; EENS 2230 Oceanography; EENS 3050 Natural Disasters; EENS 3600 The Science of Climate Change; EENS 3720 Infrastructure of Sustainable Urban Environments; EENS 3980 Environmental Field Study; EENS 4030 Environmental Spatial Analysis; EENS 4040 Marine Environmental Geology; EENS 4180 Intro to Remote Sensing; EENS 4250 Isotopes in the Environment; EENS 4360 Environmental Geochemistry; EENS 4800 Air Pollution Fundamentals and Modelling; EENS 4820 Soil and Water Pollution; EENS4960 Environmental Sampling, Analysis, and Practice. Students are strongly encouraged to include Remote Sensing and Environmental Geochemistry in their electives. No capstone course is required for this major.

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