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Environmental Science

The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary program leading to the bachelor of science degree. The objective of the program is to provide students with a broad interdisciplinary science background focusing on physical geography, environmental geology, and ecology. The variety of courses in both earth and biological sciences allows some choice of concentration within the program. Additional requirements include geographic techniques and statistics.

Environmental Science Major (BS)

Department of Geography, 202 Farrah Hall
www.as.ua.edu/geography
environmentalscience@as.ua.edu

Degree requirements. Students earning the bachelor of science (BS) degree with a major in environmental science must complete all University, college (see pp. 52-53), and departmental degree requirements. These include the general education requirements, the following major requirements, and sufficient other credits to total a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours.

Admission into the major. Acceptance into the environmental science major requires an overall GPA of 2.5. Students are expected to declare a major formally no later than the fourth semester of full-time enrollment (or at 61 semester hours for transfer students). With the assistance of an advisor in the major department, students should complete the “Declaration of Major” form.

Grade point average. A 2.0 grade point average in the major is required for completion of the degree. The major GPA is calculated based on all courses applicable to the major that the student has attempted at UA.

Major courses. The environmental science major requires successful completion of the following 60 semester hours:

CoursesHours
BSC 114:115 or BSC 118 4
BSC 116:117 or BSC 120 4
BSC 385 3
CH 101 or CH 117 4
CH 102 or CH 118 4
GEO 101 4
GEO 105 4
GY 101 4
GY 204 4
GY 339, GY 452, GY 453, GY 460, or GY 461 3
GY 420 or GY 430 3–4
ST 260 or PY 211 3
   
16 hours from the following:  
GY elective¹ 3–4
GEO elective² 3–4
BSC elective³ 6
Specified GY1, GEO2, or BSC3 elective 1–4
Total 60
   
Students must earn a total of 16 hours from the following specified earth or biological science courses:
   
¹GY 320, GY 363, GY 404, GY 409, GY 412, GY 467, GY 472, GY 483, GY 486, or GY 489 (minimum 3 hours).
   
²GEO 306, GEO 363, GEO 399, GEO 410, GEO 460, or GEO 470 (minimum 3 hours).
   
³BSC 320, BSC 360, BSC 371, BSC 373, BSC 376, BSC 412, BSC 413, BSC 415, BSC 416, BSC 428, BSC 434, BSC 456, BSC 472, BSC 475, BSC 476, BSC 482, BSC 484, or BSC 490 (minimum 6 hours).

Upper-level residency. A minimum of 12 hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be earned on this campus.

Ancillary courses. Grades in ancillary courses are not computed into the major GPA. The major in environmental science requires the following course outside the major:

CoursesHours
MATH 125 or MATH 145 4

Required minor. The environmental science major does not require a minor.

Additional major requirements. Students are responsible for ensuring that they have met all University, college, major, and minor requirements. However, each student must meet with an advisor in the major department for academic planning and to be cleared for registration each semester. College advisors are also available for additional assistance with minor, college, and University requirements.

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