Majors and Options

Environmental Biology Option

The environmental biology option is designed for students who wish to prepare for positions requiring a general background in biology, with ancillary work in computer science, chemistry, physics and earth science, and mathematics; a student must also choose a block of courses from either geography or industrial hygiene. This program should prepare the student for positions in natural resource utilization, environmental research, and environmental education; or for graduate work in environmental biology. No minor field is required in this major; however, a minor field may be added by taking more than the minimum hours required for the degree. Students should obtain departmental advisement early in the program.

Downloadable Checksheet

Environmental Biology Option Checksheet

A. General Education Component


B. Major Requirements
Principles of Biology (111) 4
Principles of Biology (112) 4
Biological Literature (200W) 1
Cell Biology (305) 4
Genetics (306) 4
Microbiology (307) 4
Senior Assessment Seminar (498) 1
Organismal Biology (Protistans, Fungi, Plants):
Plant Taxonomy (463) 3
Organismal Biology (Protistans, Animals):
Animal Physiology (311) 4
Natural History of the Vertebrates (341) 4
Population Biology:
Ecology 4
Aquatic Ecology (423) 4
Prescribed Supporting Courses:
General Chemistry (CH 111, 111L, 112, 112L) 8
Quantitative Analysis (CH 321, 321LW) or Instrumental Analysis (CH 322, 322LW) 5
Organic Chemistry (CH 311, 311L) 5
Environmental Regulations (CH 465) 3
Business Applications of Microcomputer Software (CIS 125) or higher level computer science or computer information systems course 3
Earth Science/Physical Geology (ES 131) 4
Hydrogeology (ES 488) 3
Pre-calculus Algebra (MA 112) or Pre-Calculus Trigonometry (MA 113) or Pre-calculus Algebra & Trigonometry (MA 115) or Calculus I (MA 125) 3-4
Applied Statistics I (MA 345) 3
General Physics I and II (PH 241,241L, 242, 242L) 8
Students must choose one block of courses from either Geography or Industrial Hygiene:
Maps and Map Interpretation (GE 225)
Use and Interpretation of Aerial Photographs (GE 323)
Geographic Information Systems (GE 384)
Occupational Safety and Health (IH 301) 3
Two courses selected from the following:

Industrial Hygiene Problems (IH 322)
Industrial Toxocology (IH 333)
Control of Airborne Hazards (IH 422, IH 422L)
Sampling Methods in Industrial Hygiene (IH 444, IH 444L)