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Environmental Science Major (ESCI)

Click Here for ESCI Major Requirements (Updated 4-13-2020)


**COVID-19 Grading Options Update**

Students will be able to take any course P/N during spring 2020 term without penalty. In other words, you will be able to count any courses you take Spring 2020 P/N for ENVS major requirements and ENVS minor requirements. The deadline to change grading options for spring term has been extended to July 16, 2020. We recommend that you keep the graded option for now, then decide immediately following the end of the term if you want to change the grade to P/N. 

Courses taken winter 2020 term still need to be taken for a grade to count for the majors. We will evaluate exceptions on a case-by-case basis for students graduating spring 2020. Please see your Tykeson Academic and Career Advisor.


Program Description

The ESCI major is scientifically rigorous and offers an interdisciplinary approach to the natural sciences, including biology, geology, chemistry, data analysis, and physical geography. It is designed for students who want to focus on scientific careers in fields such as conservation biology; climate and the atmosphere; pollution prevention and abatement; aquatic environments; or ecosystem protection, restoration, and management. The number of credits required for Environmental Science major (approximately 112 credits) is comparable to other science majors.

With the exception of 401 (Research), 403 (Senior Thesis), 404 (Internship), 406 (Field Studies), 408 (Workshop), and 409 (Practicum), all courses applied to the major or minor must be graded. Grades of C- or better must be earned in all graded courses. Students may petition to substitute other courses. The Student Initiated Project and Honors options are available to majors only.

Check out these examples of possible four-year course plans below. Please note that these are just two examples of many possible course plans!

Sample Course Plan (I) Life Science

Sample Course Plan (II) Earth and Physical Science

For more ideas about career specific course planning, check out this interest area guide:

Environmental Science Interest Area Guide