Bachelor of Science Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science Environmental Science

The Major in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program concerned with protecting, monitoring, managing, and improving the environment. The degree program combines study in biology, chemistry, geology, engineering and political science in preparing the student for a career with regulatory agencies, industry, consulting firms, or academia. This degree program combines fundamental training in the basic sciences with broad training across several of the traditional disciplines to prepare students for employment or graduate study. An internship is required to integrate academic preparation with actual work experience. Students interested in these programs should contact Dr. James W. Armcost Jr., Hayes 205-14,, (409) 880-1756.

The degree of Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science will be awarded upon completion of the following requirements:

1. General Requirements: See University Core Curriculum

2. Biology: BIOL 1406, 1407, 2420, 4302, 4430, 4435, 4460

3. Chemistry: CHEM 1311, 1111, 1312, 1112, 3311, 3111, 3401, 4481

4. Science and Mathematics: PHYS 1401, 1402; COSC 1371; PSYC 2317; MATH 2312; GEOL 1403, 3390, 4370, 4301; CVEN 3310; 4 hours approved electives

5. BULW 3330

6. Participate in Internship BIOL 4300-01

Recommended Program of Study B. S. Environmental Science

The following is a recommended program of study for completion of the B. S. Environmental Science degree plan in the minimum semester hours with the specified option. Additional course work may be required for specialized areas, i.e. certain minor requirements, preparation for graduate school, certifications, or licensees. Advanced courses (3000-4000 level) should only be taken after 60 credits of study toward the degree; although exceptions can be made when in the best interest of the student. Please see Dr. Armacost, the Program Advisor, for advising details.

First Year Credits Credits
Fall Semester Spring Semester
ENGL 1301, Composition I 3 ENGL 1302, Composition II
BIOL 1406, General Biology I 4 BIOL 1407, General Biology II 4
CHEM 1311, 1111, General Chemistry I 4 CHEM 1312, 1112, General Chemistry II 4
Lang/Phil/Culture 3 Social and Behavioral Science 3
Total 14 14
Second Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Hist 1301, US History I 3 Hist 1302, US History II 3
MATH 2312, Pre-Calculus 3 PSYC 2317, Statistics 3
BIOL 2420, Microbiology 4 GEOL 1403, Physical Geology 4
CHEM 3401, Quantitative Analysis 4 CHEM 3311, 311, Organic Chemistry 4
Total 14 17
Third Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Creative Arts 3 COSC1371, Microcomputers 3
POLS 2301, American Government I 3 POLS 2302, American Government II 3
CHEM 4481, Environmental Analysis 4 BIOL 4435, Toxicology 4
GEOL 4370, Meteorology 3 Geol 3390, Environmental Geology 3
CVEN 3310, Water Chem. for Enviorn. Eng. 3 GEOL 3311, Principles of GIS or GEOL 3315 Hydrogeology 3
Total 16 16
Fourth Year
Fall Semester Spring Semester
Approved Free Elective or BIOL 4300, Internship 3 - 4 Approved Free Elective or BIOL 4300, Internship 3 - 4
BIOL 4460, Ecology 4 BIOL 4430, Limnology 4
BIOL 4302, Conservation Biology 3 BULW 3330, Environmental Law 3
PHYS 1401, College Physics I 4 PHYS 1402, College Physics II 4
Total 14 - 15 14 - 15


 1. 120 semester hours are required for a B.S. degree in Environmental Science.

2. The university core is 42 credit hours. Hours above the minimum of 3 are added to required Environmental Science courses.

3. Students must complete the Freshman Composition sequence (or its equivalent, ENGL1301 and 1302) requirements with no less than a "C". Students must continually be enrolled in an English Composition course until this requirement is met.

4. Students must complete 6 hours of mathematics/statistics and continually be enrolled in a Mathematics course until this requirement is met. 

5. Students must complete all courses required in their major and minor with at least a grade of "C."

6. Students must complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or better before taking any more advanced biology course.

7. The four credits of free electives must be at the 3000 to 4000 level and approved by Environmental Science advisor.

8.  MATH 2312, Pre-calculus is a required course for the Environmental Science degree.  If a student that is University core complete enters the Environmental Science program that student must complete MATH 2312, Pre-calculus before taking any course required by the degree.