B.S. in Environmental Science

The B.S. program in Environmental Science requires a minimum of 66 credits.

All students are required to complete the following foundation courses [10-11]:

  • GES 120 – Environmental Science and Conservation [3]
  • GES 220 – Laboratory and Field Techniques for Environmental Science [3]
      Additional laboratory or field work from the following list:

    • GES 404: Forest Ecology [4]
    • GES 408: Field Ecology [4]
    • GES 405: Applied Landscape Ecology [4]
    • GES 406: Aquatic Ecology [4]
    • GES 485: Environmental Mapping [3]

All students are required to complete two of the following background courses:

Social Sciences and Humanities [6]

  • ECON 101 – Principles of Microeconomics [3]
  • POLI 100 – American Governments & Politics [3]
  • ANTH 211 – Cultural Anthropology [3]
  • PHIL 150 – Contemporary Moral Issues, or PHIL 152: Intro to Moral Thought [3]
  • HCST 100 – The Human Context of Science and Technology [3]

Math and Natural Sciences [32] – Two math courses from the following:

  • MATH 151 – Calculus and Analytic Geometry I [4]
    and either
  • MATH 152 – Calculus and Analytic Geometry II [4]
    or
  • STAT 350 – Statistics with Applications in Biological Sciences [4]
    or
  • STAT 355 – Introduction to Probability & Statistics for Science and Engineering [4]

Note: STAT 355 recommended for those seeking advanced training in statistics, physical sciences & fields employing probability & frequency distributions

Natural Sciences:

  • PHYS 121 – Introduction to Physics I (calculus based) [4]
    (strongly recommended for hydrology, geomorphology and earth science)
    or
  • PHYS 111 – Basic Physics I [4] (may be appropriate for students with an ecology focus)[4]
    and
  • CHEM 101 -Principles of Chemistry I [4]
  • CHEM 102 – Principles of Chemistry II [4]
  • CHEM 102L – Intro Chemistry Lab [2]
  • GES 110 – Geography of Environmental Systems [3]
  • BIOL 141 [4]
  • GES 308 – Ecology [3]

Suggested Areas of Concentration [18]
At least six upper-level courses in consultation with your advisor. At least one course must be at the 400 level. One techniques course is allowed, and is restricted to GES 386. One human- environment course is allowed, from this list: GES 326, 327, 329, 332, 432, 451, and 462. A maximum of 2 courses in the concentration may be completed from outside the department (this includes transferred courses, courses taken abroad, and courses taken in other departments at UMBC).