Environmental Sciences, BA
BA Requirements (for majors declaring fall 2013 and after)
The BA in environmental sciences provides five tracks for majors. The track should be selected when declaring the major as the program of study is different for each degree track. BA majors typically select either the general track or the policy and management track. BA majors can select the other tracks though courses at the upper level in these tracks may require math at the level of MATH 135 (Pre-Calculus) or above.
If you are unsure of your interests in the environmental sciences or seek a program of study that allows for selection of major electives across a broad spectrum of environmental courses from the sciences, social sciences, business, or humanities, the BA general track may be for you. It is designed to provide students with breadth across the environmental science disciplines. If you do not intend to pursue a graduate degree upon completion of our undergraduate program, this track will provide you with the breadth and depth of knowledge in the environmental sciences to secure an entry level position as an environmental scientist in a government agency, non-government organization, or industry.
BA in Environmental Sciences, Earth and Hydrologic Sciences Track
If your interests lie in the earth system sciences, this track is for you. Many of the upper level electives require general chemistry and/or calculus. This track is designed to prepare environmental scientists with a depth of knowledge in earth surface processes, particularly coastal systems. Students who complete this track may be prepared for advanced study in the environmental earth sciences though a BS is often required for graduate programs in this area. Students in this track will have the expertise and knowledge needed to work in an earth science-focused organization, including government agencies and industry.
BA in Environmental Sciences, Marine Science Track
If you are interested in the marine sciences, particularly marine ecology, this is the track for you. Many of the courses, above the introductory level, require general biology. Most require strong skills in algebra and statistics, as well as some requiring a working knowledge of pre-calculus. Students who complete this track may be prepared for advanced study in marine science, though a BS is often required for graduate programs in this area. Students will gain knowledge that can be integrated with advanced study in fisheries and fisheries policy and law. Students in this track will have the expertise and knowledge needed to work in a marine science-focused organization, including government agencies and conservation organizations.
BA in Environmental Sciences, Geospatial Analysis and Modeling for the Environment (GAME) Track
If you are interested in geographic information science, remote sensing, and modeling of data, this track is for you. Many of the courses require strong computer skills as well as, in some cases, mathematics competency at the level of Calculus 1. Students are encouraged to also complete two semesters of physics lecture and lab to be prepared for upper level remote sensing courses. With strong math skills, students in the BA–GAME track will be prepared for advanced graduate studies in remote sensing/GIS. Students in this track will be prepared for employment with geospatial data-dependent organizations from government organizations to nonprofits and industry.
Most students in the BA in environmental science undergraduate program are in this track. This track is specifically designed to provide students with depth and breadth in the policy, law, economic, and management disciplines involved in the conservation and management of natural resources. The track focuses on urban, coastal natural resources and includes courses that center on the application of environmental science knowledge to the development and implementation of policy and management of systems. Students in this track are prepared for advanced study including graduate study and legal study. Students completing this track are prepared for employment in environmental sustainability, management, and policy organizations, including government agencies, non-government organizations, and industry.
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