B.S. in Environmental Science

Earth matters. A changing environment needs highly educated people who can address both scientific and societal challenges. But how? How do we improve society while living within the limits of natural resources?

What you'll study

In addition to interdisciplinary courses, you will choose either the science track or the environmental studies track. Core courses ground you in Everglades ecology, chemistry, and environmental law. Electives expand into cell biology, biodiversity, and geographical information systems. A theme of sustainability unites a diversity of fields.

How you'll learn more

Field studies. Internships. Visits to local ecosystems. You will be living in an epicenter of extreme biodiversity and extreme development. Biology and sociology come alive as you struggle to find solutions to local and global problems.

Where it can take you

Understanding complexity gives you a framework to find meaningful work. The sciences open doors to technical fields, graduate study, policy and service jobs, often with government or nonprofit agencies. The Earth remains your lifelong laboratory.

Core Courses (56 credits)
Credits
BIOL 1500
Biology I/Lab (BIOL 1500 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 1510
Biology II/Lab (BIOL 1510 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3200
General Ecology/Lab (BIOL 3200 / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H
General Chemistry I/Lab or General Chemistry I/Lab Honors (CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1310H
General Chemistry II/Lab or General Chemistry II/Lab Honors (CHEM 1310 or CHEM 1310H / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 1200
Environmental Science (ENVS 1200 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 1500
Natural History of South Florida (ENVS 1500 / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 2200
Introduction to Geology (ENVS 2200 / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 2100
Environmental Science Lab (ENVS 2100 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 3000
Environmental Geology/Lab (ENVS 3000 / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 3170
Everglades Ecology and Conservation (ENVS 3170 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 4950
Internship in Environmental Sciences (ENVS 4950 / Credits: 3 )
3
GEOG 3000
Geography of Ecotourism (GEOG 3000 / Credits: 3 )
3
LGST 3350
Environmental Law and Policy (LGST 3350 / Credits: 3 )
3
MATH 2020
Applied Statistics (MATH 2020 / Credits: 3 )
3
PHIL 3360
Environmental Ethics (PHIL 3360 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select at least 22 credits from the following courses
Credits
CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H
Introductory Cell Biology (CHEM 1300 or CHEM 1300H / Credits: 3 )
3
BIOL 3311
Vertebrate Zoology/Lab (BIOL 3311 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3400
Microbiology/Lab (BIOL 3400 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 3600
Genetics/Lab (BIOL 3600 / Credits: 4 )
4
BIOL 4010
Evolution (BIOL 4010 / Credits: 3 )
3
BIOL 4340
Cellular and Molecular Biology (BIOL 4340 / Credits: 3 )
3
CHEM 2400
Organic Chemistry I/Lab (CHEM 2400 / Credits: 4 )
4
CHEM 2410
Organic Chemistry II/Lab (CHEM 2410 / Credits: 3 )
3
CHEM 3150
Environmental Chemistry (CHEM 3150 / Credits: 3 )
3
CHEM 3650
Biochemistry/Lab (CHEM 3650 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 2000 and ENVS 2001
Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems and Biodiversity of Alaskan Ecosystems Field Course (ENVS 2000 and ENVS 2001 / Credits: 4 )
4
ENVS 3100
Environmental Issues (ENVS 3100 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 4900
Special Topics in Environmental Science (ENVS 4900 / Credits: 3 )
3
ENVS 4990
Independent Study in Environmental Science (1–3 credits) (ENVS 4990 )
GEOG 2050
Survey of Geography (GEOG 2050 / Credits: 3 )
3
GEOG 2075
Geographical Information Systems (GEOG 2075 / Credits: 3 )
3
GEOG 2260
Geography of Natural Resources (GEOG 2260 / Credits: 3 )
3
MATH 2100
Calculus I (MATH 2100 / Credits: 4 )
4
MATH 2200
Calculus II (MATH 2200 / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 2410
Marine Biology/Lab (MBIO 2410 / Credits: 4 )
4
Marine Biology/Lab
Oceanography/Lab (Marine Biology/Lab / Credits: 4 )
4
MBIO 3450
Survey of Marine Mammals (MBIO 3450 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 3500
Food Web Dynamics (MBIO 3500 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 3600
Plankton Ecology (MBIO 3600 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 3700
Biology of Fishes/Lab (MBIO 3700 / Credits: 3 )
3
MBIO 4260 and MBIO 4261
Ecology of the Galapagos Islands and Ecology of the Galapagos Islands Field Trip (MBIO 4260 and MBIO 4261 / Credits: 4 )
4
PHYS 2350
General Physics I/Lab (PHYS 2350 / Credits: 4 )
4
SCIE 3210
History of Science (SCIE 3210 / Credits: 3 )
3
SCIE 4490
Research Methods (SCIE 4490 / Credits: 3 )
3
SOCL 3600
Environmental Sociology (SOCL 3600 / Credits: 3 )
3
Select 9 credits from any courses offered at NSU
Credits
ANY
Any Course (ANY / Credits: 9 )
9

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

UNDERGRADUATE ADMISSIONS

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