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.
The environmental science major provides a comprehensive knowledge of Earth's physical, chemical, and biotic systems. The program emphasizes the practical application of science, sociology, and ethics to solve problems created by the impact of human activity on the environment. This major incorporates the following areas of study: wetlands ecology, geographic spatial analysis, sustainability issues, and marine biology. The program is designed so students will share a common set of courses in their freshman year to ensure that all students gain an overview of the subject. Upon entering their sophomore year, students are required to select major electives. The program is designed to be completed within a four-year period. An internship is required of all students in this program.
A successful environmental sciences graduate is expected to:
General Education Requirements (33 credits)
Students are required to complete 33 credit hours as part of the general education program.
Environmental Science Major Requirements (56 credits)
Core Courses (56 credits)
Major Electives (22 credits)
Select at least 22 credits from the following courses:
The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the 2019-2020 edition of 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.
Internships in the environmental science/studies program are designed to be capstone educational experiences matched to students' interests. They are also opportunities for students to network with environmental science professionals in Florida and around the world.
Internships include, but are not limited to:
Three things make the program at the Halmos College of Arts and Sciences unique:
The environmental science major offers students local and international opportunities to engage in field studies that promote environmental awareness and build skills that will be useful in future professional and graduate studies. Field studies include:
Pursuing a minor can deepen your knowledge in a discipline related to your major or enable you to explore a field outside your major area of study and diversify your skills. Speak with a faculty member in your program to determine which minor(s) can support your academic, professional, and personal goals.