Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science curriculum

To graduate, students must complete all requirements outlined in the General Education Program and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences-group requirements.

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Degree progress

Current students may review their degree progress at any time by going to Degree Works. If you are currently declared as another major, you can use the "What-if" function within Degree Works to see what your progress would be if you changed to environmental science. It is recommended that students planning to change their major or exploring the possibility of changing their major meet with the advisor for the program.

Appointments to do so may be scheduled by going to STARS and selecting environmental science as your major of interest.

Departmental honors

Students interested in graduating with departmental honors should schedule a meeting with the program advisor to discuss requirements and eligibility. Please note that departmental honors differ from university honors. Visit honors.wayne.edu for more information about university honors.

Departmental honors requirements

For departmental honors, you need to complete a minimum of 12 credits in honors courses, which includes at least one honors college 4200-level seminar and an honors thesis (minimum of 20 pages) with a full-time faculty member from the department (either geology or biology). Please make sure that you are in touch with your department advisor for all of the specific requirements for your major.

See the Honors Directed Study Proposal Form for students who will receive Honors credit assigned under the guidance of a faculty member.

Departmental honors eligibility

To be recommended for an honors degree from the Environmental Science Program, a student must establish and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30. To be declared as departmental honors, you must meet with the advisor for the Environmental Science Program.

Choosing the best electives for your career interests

The Environmental Science Program offers a variety of elective coursework to fulfill the requirements for the program; students must complete a minimum of nine credits in approved elective coursework (usually three courses) to complete the degree program. This section is designed to help students choose the most appropriate electives, based on their potential career goals.

Important: Many of these courses have prerequisites. Students who have not fulfilled prerequisites for any course may be denied enrollment.

  • Environmental remediation/compliance

    Electives

    • GEL 3400: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
    • GEL 5120: Environmental Geochemistry
    • GEL 5450: Hydrogeology
    • GPH 3600: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • GPH 4600: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    • CE 5230: Water and Waste Water Engineering
    • CE 6190: Groundwater
  • Waste management

    Electives

    • GEL 4400: HAZWOPER Training
    • CE 5230: Water and Waste Water Engineering
  • Soil science

    Electives

    • BIO 5440: Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100: Aquatic Ecology)
    • GEL 5120: Environmental Geochemistry
    • UP 5999: Introduction to Urban Planning
  • Air/water quality management

    Electives

    • BIO 5040: Biometry 
    • BIO 5100: Aquatic Ecology (if taken after BIO 5440: Terrestrial Ecology) 
    • BIO 5440: Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100: Aquatic Ecology) 
    • GEL 5450: Hydrogeology 
    • CHE 6610: Risk Assessment 
    • CE 5230: Water and Waste Water Engineering 
    • CE 6190: Groundwater 
  • Ecology and conservation

    Electives

    • BIO 5100: Aquatic Ecology (if taken after BIO 5440: Terrestrial Ecology) 
    • BIO 5180: Biology of Trees and Shrubs
    • BIO 5440: Terrestrial Ecology (if taken after BIO 5100: Aquatic Ecology) 
    • BIO 5540: Landscape Ecology
    • GPH 3600: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 
    • GPH 4600: Advanced Geographic Information Systems (GIS)