The Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Environmental Sciences is an interdisciplinary program offered cooperatively by the faculties of the Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Sciences; School of Biology and Ecology; School of Economics; School of Forest Resources; and Department of Wildlife Ecology. Students majoring in the program are taught and advised by over thirty-five faculty from these units. The program is designed for students who wish to pursue a professional career in environmental conservation, management, administration, planning, or research. The degree can also be used in preparation for postgraduate study in several disciplines related to ecology and environmental sciences.
The BS in Ecology and Environmental Sciences is designed to acquaint students with the scope and characteristics of our natural resources and to introduce the scientific and economic principles that govern resource use and conservation.
The Ecology and Environmental Sciences curriculum is composed of seven requirement areas, amounting to at least 99 credits (depending upon selections), plus up to 21 credits reserved for unstructured electives. The requirement areas are as follows:
I. Ecology and Environmental Sciences Courses; II. Biological and Ecological Science Courses; III. Physical and Chemical Science Courses; IV. Quantitative Skills Courses; V. Communication Skills Courses; VI. Human Values and Social Context Courses; VII. Ecology and Environmental Sciences Concentration; VIII. Free Electives.
The requirements are designed so that Ecology and Environmental Sciences graduates will be well grounded in both the natural and social sciences, and will possess the skills necessary for a successful career. However, the program is also designed to allow students ample flexibility to pursue individual interests in preparing for careers or postgraduate study.
The Ecology and Environmental Sciences concentrations allow a student to pursue a particular aspect of natural resources in depth with an eye toward future employment or postgraduate study. Students should decide on their area of concentration early in their programs so that course choices in the first and sophomore years will include the prerequisites for courses in their chosen concentration.