Director: Stefan Schnitzer, Ph.D.


Environmental Science integrates a fundamental understanding of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans influence, exploit, evaluate, conserve and restore their environment. The main goals for interdisciplinary major are to develop new knowledge in environmental science, educate students in the fundamental ecological and physical processes that govern the environment, train leaders who can identify and solve complex environmental problems and to educate students to help restore and sustain a healthy planet using an evidence-based approach.

Environmental Science Major

The goal of the major is to provide a comprehensive and in-depth education in environmental science, which includes the study of the ecology of natural ecosystems and the processes by which humans understand, influence, exploit, mitigate, share, conserve and restore their environment. Students complete 22 courses (68-69 credit hours) encompassing required and elective courses in the natural sciences and engineering, field and laboratory courses, internships and laboratory research experience and a capstone seminar.

Introductory Course3
Introduction to Environmental Biology
Foundational Courses29
General Biology 1
General Biology 2
General Chemistry 1
General Chemistry 2
Introduction to Software Development
Introduction to Data Science
Introduction to Data Science
Calculus for the Biological Sciences
Calculus 1
Statistical Methods
Biostatistical Methods and Models
Earth and Environmental Physics
Content Area and Advanced Core Courses27
Lecture courses
Ecology
Evolutionary Biology
Advanced Ecology
Conservation Biology
Philosophy of the Environment
Foundations of Ecological Ethics
Environmental Politics and Policy
Field/laboratory courses. Choose two of the following:
Principles of Biological Investigation
Experimental Ecology and Field Biology
Tropical Ecology in Panama
Tropical Ecology in Panama
Experimental Microbiology
Laboratory Research Project in Biological Sciences 1
Environmental Studies: Applying the Internship Experience
Capstone Course
Capstone in Environmental Studies
Elective Courses 29-10
Choose two of the following:
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Human Evolutionary Process
Human Geography
Demography
The Rise of Agriculture
Archaeology of Complex Societies
Culture Change and Development
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
Literature and Place
Romanticism and Nature
Material Cultures
Native American / Indigenous Literatures
Environment and Society
Food, Water and Society
Latin American and Latinx Contemporary Issues
Choose one of the following:
Experimental Ecology and Field Biology 3
Tropical Ecology in Panama 3
Plant Biology
Microbiology
Experimental Microbiology 3
Laboratory Research Project in Biological Sciences 3
Environmental Engineering
Advanced Strength and Applied Stress Analysis
Water Resources Planning and Management
Sustainable Engineering
Object-Oriented Software Design
Data Mining
Environmental Studies: Applying the Internship Experience 3
Survey of Meteorology
Astronomy and Space Physics
Total Credit Hours:68-69