Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Sustainability)

Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Sustainability)
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 Science 54
BIOL 1411General Botany4
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
BIOL/GEOG 2320Sustainability and Environment (This course is dual listed as GEOG 2320)3
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 4374Biostatistics3
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I4
ECON 3352Energy & Environmental Econ3
or GEOG 4351 Economic Geography
GEOG 1401Weather and Climate 54
GEOG 2464Intro to Geographic Info Sys4
GEOG 4331Conservation of Natural Res3
GEOG 4432Geomorphology4
GEOG 4361Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3-4
or GEOG 4468 Remote Sensing
Select one of the following:4
Physical Geology
Geologic Hazards & Resources
GEOL 3326Environmental Geology3
MATH 1314Pre Calculus Algebra 63
PLSC 1107Plant Science Laboratory1
PLSC 1307Plant Science3
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
POLS 3395Environmental Policy3
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
Select 15 hours from the following advanced electives:15
Wildlife Biology
Aquatic Biology
Intro to Technical Writing
Environmental Geography
Sustainable Development
Hydrology and Water Resources
Field Studies
Population Geography
Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
Remote Sensing
Hydrogeology
Environmental Health
Philosophy of Science
Philosophy of Biology
Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers
Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt
Integrated Pest Management
Introduction to Public Policy
Nonprofit Organizations
Public Administration
Total Hours120-121
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 140114Component Area IX1
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223
GEOG 140114GEOL 1403 or 140514
HIST 130133HIST 130233
MATH 131443STAT 1369 or 33793
 17 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area VIII53Component Area IV73
BIOL 14114Component Area IX83
BIOL 23203BIOL 14134
CHEM 14114GEOG 24644
POLS 230563POLS 230663
 17 17
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 43743BIOL 34094
GEOG 43313ECON 3352 or GEOG 43513
GEOL 33263GEOG 44324
PLSC 11071GEOG 4468 or 43613-4
PLSC 13073 
 13 14-15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Prescribed Elective94Component Area V3
Prescribed Elective 94Prescribed Elective 94
PLSC 34404Prescribed Elective 93
POLS 33953SOCI 3336, 4337, or POLS 33663
 15 13
Total Hours: 120-121
Advanced Elective (Enviromental Science) 9
BIOL 3461Wildlife Biology4
BIOL 4330Aquatic Biology3
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
GEOG 3301Environmental Geography3
GEOG 3310Sustainable Development3
GEOG 4330Hydrology and Water Resources3
GEOG 4333Field Studies3
GEOG 4357Population Geography3
GEOG 4361Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
GEOG 4468Remote Sensing4
GEOL 4426Hydrogeology4
HLTH 4390Environmental Health3
PHIL 3372Philosophy of Science3
PHIL 4306Philosophy of Biology3
PLSC 4330Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers3
PLSC 4370Forage Crops & Pasture Mgmt3
PLSC 4397Integrated Pest Management3
POLS 3302Introduction to Public Policy3
POLS 3339Nonprofit Organizations3
POLS 3366Public Administration3

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 (Sustainability) is designed to provide graduates with the following marketable skills:

  • Ability to use the scientific method to address environmental problems.
  • Ability to think critically.
  • Ability to generate and/or interpret geospatial data based geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.
  • Ability to to apply knowledge of the environment and ecosystems to address environmental issues.
  • Ability to problem solve.