Degree Requirements

Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science (B.S.) 2018-2019


The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies requires:
  • a minimum of 120 credits
  • a minimum of 45 upper level credits (300, 400, and 500 level courses)
  • a minimum 2.0 overall and major GPA
Along with the general education requirements of VCU Life Sciences, this curriculum requires 32-33 credits in core science and mathematics courses and 37-38 credits in environmental studies core courses.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this program, students will know and know how to do the following:

  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic biological concepts and their integration
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic earth science concepts and their integration
  • Demonstrate comprehension of basic ecological concepts and their integration
  • Relate the principles of environmental science and policy
  • Use basic environmental skills within the research process

Degree requirements for Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

General Education requirements
University Core Education Curriculum (minimum 21 credits)

UNIV 111 Focused Inquiry I  3

UNIV 112 Focused Inquiry II 3

UNIV 200 Inquiry and the Craft of Argument 3

Approved humanities/fine arts 3

Approved natural/physical sciences 3-4

Approved quantitative literacy 3-4

Approved social/behavioral sciences 3-4

Total Hours 21-24

General Education requirements

STAT 210 Basic Practice of Statistics or STAT 212 Concepts of Statistics 3

Completion of a foreign language through the 102 level or an equivalent course or by placement 0-8

Total Hours 3-11 credits

 

Major requirements

BIOL 151 & BIOZ 151 Introduction to Biological Sciences I
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory I 4

BIOL 152 & BIOZ 152 Introduction to Biological Sciences II
and Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory II 4

BIOL 317 Ecology 3

CHEM 101 & CHEZ 101 General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory I 4

CHEM 102 & CHEZ 102 General Chemistry
and General Chemistry Laboratory II 4

ECON 325 Environmental Economics 3

Select one of the following: 
ENVS 105 Physical Geology 3 or URSP 204 Physical Geography- Geomorphology 3

ENVS/POLI 311 Politics of the Environment 3

ENVS 330/BIOL 332 Environmental Pollution 3

ENVS 335 & ENVZ 335 Environmental Geology
and Environmental Geology Laboratory 4

ENVS 401 Meteorology and Climatology 3

ENVS 411 Oceanography 3

ENVS 490 Research Seminar in Environmental Studies (capstone) 3

MATH 151 Precalculus Mathematics 4 (waived if you place into MATH 200 or 201)

PHYS 201 General Physics 4 or PHYS 207 University Physics I 5

PHYS 202 General Physics 4 or PHYS 208 University Physics II 5

STAT 314 Applications of Statistics 4

Select additional environmental studies (or related) credits chosen with adviser’s approval 9

Total 69-71 credits

Open electives
Select 14-27 open elective credits 14-27

Total 120 credits

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