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Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Environmental Science aims to provide students in the program with both basic and advanced training in the field of Environmental Science. Students will develop skills in how to monitor environmental conditions as well as analyze environmental problems. The main areas of study will include conservation and restoration ecology, environmental management, or natural resources and wildlife management. Today’s environmental problems call for scientists who are educated in more than one discipline, highly trained in technical skills, and aware of the political and social dimensions of environmental problems and how to make decisions with regard to these situations. Coursework includes a variety of interdisciplinary topics ranging from fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, environmental systems, soil, water, global change, environmental law, and environmental assessment. Students will gain hands-on experience with many of the instrumental techniques used in environmental analysis and have the opportunity to engage in teamwork for field studies, excursions and laboratory studies. There is a strong emphasis on producing graduates with well-developed oral and written communication skills who are capable of complex problem solving.

The minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree, including the Core Curriculum requirements, is 120, at least 39 of which must be at the upper-division level.

All major and support work courses must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.

All candidates seeking this degree must fulfill the Core Curriculum requirements and the degree requirements, which are listed below.

Core Curriculum Requirements (42 semester credit hours)
Students seeking the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science must fulfill University Core Curriculum requirements in the same manner as other students. If courses are taken to satisfy both degree requirements and Core Curriculum requirements, then students may need to take additional courses in order to meet the minimum number of semester credit hours required for this degree. For a complete listing of courses that satisfy the Core Curriculum requirements, see pages 3-5 of this catalog.

The core requirements in Mathematics and Natural Sciences are automatically fulfilled in obtaining a B.S. degree in Environmental Science.

Degree Requirements

  1. 50 semester credit hours of required environmental science courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better:

    ES  1113, 1111  Environmental Botany and Laboratory
    ES  1123, 1121  Environmental Zoology and Laboratory
    ES  1213, 1211  Environmental Geology and Laboratory
    ES  1314           Environmental Statistics
    ES  2013, 2021  Introduction to Environmental Systems I and Laboratory
    ES  2023, 2031  Introduction to Environmental Systems II and Laboratory
    ES  3033, 3042  Environmental Ecology and Laboratory
    ES  3123, 3121  Introduction to Soils and Laboratory
    ES  3143, 3141  Watershed Processes and Laboratory
    ES  3203           Environmental Law
    ES  4103           Global Change
    ES  4203           Environmental Assessment
    ES  4211           Senior Seminar
    ES  4253           Sources, Fate, and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment

  2. 22 semester credit hours of required science courses completed with a grade of “C-” or better:

    CHE  1103, 1121  General Chemistry I
    CHE  1113, 1131  General Chemistry II and Laboratory
    CHE  2603, 2612  Organic Chemistry I and Laboratory

    CS  1073             Introductory Computer Programming for Scientific Applications
    or
    CS  1173             Data Analysis and Visualization using MATLAB

    GEO  2113           Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
    MAT  1193           Calculus for Biosciences



  3. 15 semester credit hours of additional upper-division environmental science courses completed with a grade of “C-“ or better:

    While the degree is a general degree in environmental science, three areas of study have been identified within the B.S. degree program for students interested in conservation and restoration ecology, environmental management, or natural resources and wildlife management. Depending on their area of interest, students must select courses from the following areas of study.

    CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION ECOLOGY
    Required Courses (six hours of required coursework):
    ES  4213  Conservation Biology
    ES  4233  Restoration Ecology

    Elective Courses (choose three of the following):
    ES  3053  Environmental Remediation
    ES  3103  Environmental Microbiology
    ES  3153  Environmental Chemistry
    ES  3163  Ornithology
    ES  3173  Mammalogy
    ES  3183  Entomology
    ES  3193  Herpetology
    ES  3213  Biology of Flowering Plants
    ES  3223  Woody Plants
    ES  4113  Field Biology
    ES  4123  Desert Biology
    ES  4133  Natural Resource Policy and Administration
    ES  4143  Environmental Geomorphology
    ES  4153  Introduction to Sustainability
    ES  4163  Renewable Energy
    ES  4183  Environmental Toxicology
    ES  4243  Wildlife Management
    ES  4913  Independent Study
    ES  4953  Special Studies in Environmental Science

    ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
    Required Courses (nine hours of required coursework):
    ES  3053  Environmental Remediation
    ES  3153  Environmental Chemistry
    ES  4183  Environmental Toxicology

    Elective Courses (choose two of the following):
    ES  3103  Environmental Microbiology
    ES  4153  Introduction to Sustainability
    ES  4163  Renewable Energy
    ES  4173  Waste Water Treatment
    ES  4243  Wildlife Management
    ES  4913  Independent Study
    ES  4953  Special Studies in Environmental Science

    NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT
    Required Courses (six hours of required coursework):
    ES  4133  Natural Resource Policy and Administration
    ES  4243  Wildlife Management

    Elective Courses (choose three of the following):
    ES  3053  Environmental Remediation
    ES  3103  Environmental Microbiology
    ES  3153  Environmental Chemistry
    ES  3163  Ornithology
    ES  3173  Mammalogy
    ES  3183  Entomology
    ES  3193  Herpetology
    ES  3213  Biology of Flowering Plants
    ES  3223  Woody Plants
    ES  4113  Field Biology
    ES  4123  Desert Biology
    ES  4143  Environmental Geomorphology
    ES  4153  Introduction to Sustainability
    ES  4163  Renewable Energy
    ES  4173  Waste Water Treatment
    ES  4183  Environmental Toxicology
    ES  4213  Conservation Biology
    ES  4233  Restoration Ecology
    ES  4913  Independent Study
    ES  4953  Special Studies in Environmental Science


Course Sequence Guide for B.S. Degree in Environmental Science

This course sequence guide is designed to assist students in completing their UTSA undergraduate Environmental Science degree requirements. This is merely a guide and students must satisfy other requirements of this catalog and meet with advisors in the College of Sciences Undergraduate Advising Center for individualized degree plans. Progress within this guide depends upon such factors as course availability, individual student academic preparation, student time management, work obligations, and individual financial considerations. Students may choose to take courses during Summer terms to reduce course loads during long semesters.

B.S. in Environmental Science - Recommended Four-Year Academic Plan

First Year
Fall Credit Hours
AIS 1203 Academic Inquiry and Scholarship (core) 3
ES 1113
& ES 1111
Environmental Botany 4
ES 2013
& ES 2021
Introduction to Environmental Systems I (core and major) 4
WRC 1013 Freshman Composition I 3
Spring
CHE 1103
& CHE 1121
General Chemistry I 4
ES 1123
& ES 1121
Environmental Zoology 4
ES 2023
& ES 2031
Introduction to Environmental Systems II (core and major) 4
WRC 1023 Freshman Composition II 3
Second Year
Fall
CHE 1113 & CHE 1131 General Chemistry II * 4
ES 1213
& ES 1211
Environmental Geology 4
ES 1314 Environmental Statistics 4
American History core   3
Spring
CHE 2603
& CHE 2612
Organic Chemistry I * 5
ES 3033
& ES 3042
Environmental Ecology 5
MAT 1193 Calculus for the Biosciences (core and major) 3
Government-Political Science core   3
Third Year
Fall
CS 1073 or 1173 Introductory Computer Programming for Scientific Applications 3
ES 3123
& ES 3121
Introduction to Soils 4
GEO 2113 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 3
Government-Political Science core   3
Spring
ES 3143
& ES 3141
Watershed Processes 4
ES 3203 Environmental Law 3
ES 4253 Sources, Fate, and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment 3
American History core   3
Social and Behavioral Sciences core   3
Fourth Year
Fall
ES 4103 Global Change 3
Creative Arts core   3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture core   3
ES Area of Study Required Course   3
ES Area of Study Elective   3
Spring
ES 4203 Environmental Assessment 3
ES 4211 Senior Seminar 1
ES Area of Study Required Course   3
ES Elective   3
ES Elective **   3
Component Area Option core   3
  Total Credit Hours: 120.0

* These laboratory courses include a lecture component as indicated on the University Schedule of Classes. (Note: The prerequisite for CHE 1131 is CHE 1121.)

** For Environmental Management, this is the third required course.

Note: Some courses are only offered once a year; Fall or Spring. Check with the Department of Biology for scheduling of courses.

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