Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Pollution Abatement)

Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Pollution Abatement)
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science)8
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 23
Component Area V (Creative Arts)3
Component Area VI (U.S. History)6
Component Area VII (Political Science/Government)6
Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) 33
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 44
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 1401Environmental Science4
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 4330Aquatic Biology3
BIOL 4374Biostatistics3
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II4
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
Organic Chemistry I: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
Organic Chemistry II: Lecture
and Organic Chemistry II: Lab
ECON 3352Energy & Environmental Econ3
or GEOG 4351 Economic Geography
GEOG 1401Weather and Climate 54
GEOL 1403Physical Geology 54
or GEOL 1405 Geologic Hazards & Resources
GEOL 3326Environmental Geology3
GEOG 4331Conservation of Natural Res3
MATH 1420Calculus I 64
POLS 3395Environmental Policy3
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
or GEOL 4426 Hydrogeology
SOCI 3336Social Change And Development3
or SOCI 4337 Environment And Society
or POLS 3366 Public Administration
STAT 1369Elementary Statistics3
or STAT 3379 Statistical Methds in Practice
Prescribed Electives
Choose 18 hours18
Soil & Water Conservation Engr
Sustainability and Environment
Intro Applied Microbiology
General Microbiology
Environmental Toxicology
Wildlife Biology
Environmental Chemistry
Intro to Technical Writing
Air Quality
Environmental Geography
Sustainable Development
Hydrology and Water Resources
Field Studies
Population Geography
Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
Remote Sensing
Environmental Health
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Biology
Soil Science
Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers
Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt
Integrated Pest Management
Total Hours120
First Year
Component Area IV13BIOL 14014
GEOG 140124BIOL 14114
HIST 130133ENGL 130153
MATH 1420 ( If eligible)44HIST 130233
 14 14
Second Year
Component Area VIII63BIOL 14134
CHEM 14114CHEM 14124
GEOL 1403 or 140524ENGL 130253
POLS 230573POLS 230673
 14 14
Third Year
BIOL 43303BIOL 34094
BIOL 43743CHEM 2325
CHEM 2125
CHEM 2323
CHEM 2123
4ECON 3352 or GEOG 43513
GEOL 33263STAT 1369 or 33793
PLSC 3440 or GEOL 44264 
 17 14
Fourth Year
Component Area V3Component Area IX93
Prescribed Electives 89Prescribed Electives89
GEOG 43313SOCI 3336, 4337, or POLS 33663
POLS 33953 
 18 15
Total Hours: 120
Prescribed Electives 8
AGET 3383Soil & Water Conservation Engr3
BIOL/GEOG 2320Sustainability and Environment3
BIOL 2420Intro Applied Microbiology4
BIOL 3461Wildlife Biology4
BIOL 3470General Microbiology4
BIOL 4320Environmental Toxicology3
CHEM 3368Environmental Chemistry3
CHEM 4442Air Quality4
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
GEOG 3301Environmental Geography3
GEOG 3310Sustainable Development3
GEOG 4330Hydrology and Water Resources3
GEOG 4432Geomorphology4
GEOG 4333Field Studies3
GEOG 4357Population Geography3
GEOG 4361Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
GEOG 4468Remote Sensing4
GEOL 4304Geochemistry3
GEOL 4426Hydrogeology4
HLTH 4390Environmental Health3
PHIL 3372Philosophy of Science3
PHIL 4306Philosophy of Biology3
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
PLSC 4330Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers3
PLSC 4370Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt3
PLSC 4397Integrated Pest Management3

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) marketable skills initiative is part of the state’s 60x30TX plan and was designed to help students articulate their skills to employers.  Marketable skills are those skills valued by employers and/or graduate programs that can be applied in a variety of work or education settings and may include interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skill areas.

The BS in Environmental Science (Pollution Abatement) is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Ability to use the scientific method to address environmental problems.
  • Ability to think critically and problem solve.
  • Ability to use statistics to evaluate hypotheses.
  • Ability to chemically analyze soil, water, and air samples.
  • Ability to apply knowledge of ecosystems and the environment to address environmental issues.