Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Water Resources)

Bachelor of Science, Major in Environmental Science (Water Resources)
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 13
Component Area III (Life and Physical Science) 28
Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) 33
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) 43
Component Area IX (Component Area Option) 1,34
Degree Specific Requirements
BIOL 1411General Botany4
or BIOL 1406 General Biology I
BIOL 1413General Zoology4
or BIOL 1407 General Biology II
CHEM 1411General Chemistry I 24
CHEM 1412General Chemistry II 24
MATH 1420Calculus I 14
Major: Foundation
BIOL 1401Environmental Science4
BIOL/GEOG 3320Sustainability and Environment3
BIOL 3409General Ecology4
BIOL 4330Aquatic Biology3
ENGL 3330Intro to Technical Writing3
Select two of the following:8
Weather and Climate
Physical Geology
Geologic & Environmental Hazards
GEOG 2464Intro to Geographic Info Sys4
GEOG 4330Hydrology and Water Resources3
GEOG 4331Conservation of Natural Res3
GEOG 4432Geomorphology4
GEOG 4468Remote Sensing3-4
or GEOG 4361 Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
GEOL 3326Environmental Geology3
GEOL 4304Geochemistry 53
or CHEM 3368 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 4426Hydrogeology4
Select one from the following: 63-4
Biostatistics
Calculus II
Statistical Mthods in Practice
PLSC 3440Soil Science4
POLS 3395Environmental Policy3
Major: Prescribed Electives
Select two of the following (minimum of 8 SCH):8
Soil & Water Conservation Engr
Wildlife Biology
Quantitative Analysis
Environmental Chemistry
Energy & Environmental Econ
Environ Sci Field Exp
Environmental Geography
Sustainable Development
Field Studies
Geographic Information Systems for Public Health
Applied Geographic Info Systms
Oceanography
Stratigraphy & Sedimentation
Environmental Health
Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers
Introduction to Public Policy
Environment And Society
Habitat & Pond Management
Minor: Not Required 7, 8
Total Hours120-122
1

MATH 1420 is recommended if eligible. In addition to fulfilling the the Core Curriculum requirement of Component Area II (Mathematics), the course also satisfies 1 credit hour of the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IX (Component Area Option).

2

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy the requirements for the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Sciences)

3

SOCI 2319, GEOG 2355, or GEOG 2356 are recommended for the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area  IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) or IX because they are prerequisites for some of the Environmental Science Prescribed Electives.

4

ECON 2302, ECON 2300, or ECON 2301 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and are needed as a prerequisite for ECON 3352, if desired as a course option.  If not, GEOG 1300 recommended.

5

Students who would like to take CHEM 3368 must take CHEM 2401 as an elective.

6

Students interested in groundwater should take MATH 1430; whereas, students interested in surface water should take MATH 3379 or BIOL 4374.

7

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours will be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours.

8

All minors can be paired with this degree program.

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area IV13BIOL 14014
ENGL 130123ENGL 130223
GEOG 1401, GEOL 1403, or GEOL 14054GEOL 1403, GEOG 1401, or GEOL 14054
HIST 130133HIST 130233
MATH 142044 
 17 14
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Component Area V3Component Area IX13
Component Area VIII53BIOL 14074
BIOL 1406 or 14114CHEM 141264
CHEM 141164POLS 230673
POLS 230573 
 17 14
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 3320 or GEOG 33203BIOL 34094
ENGL 33303GEOG 24644
GEOG 43303GEOL 33263
GEOL 4304 or CHEM 336883MATH 1430, 3379, or BIOL 4374103-4
Prescribed Electives94 
 16 14-15
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
BIOL 43303GEOG 43313
GEOG 4468 or 43613-4GEOG 44324
GEOL 44264POLS 33953
PLSC 34404Prescribed Electives94
 14-15 14
Total Hours: 120-122
1

SOCI 2319, GEOG 2355, or GEOG 2356 are recommended for the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IV (Language, Philosophy, and Culture) or IX because they are prerequisites for some of the Environmental Science Prescribed Electives.

2

ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area I (Communication).

3

HIST 1301 and HIST 1302 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VI (U.S. History).

4

MATH 1420 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area II (Mathematics) as well as 1 hour for Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area IX (Component Area Option).

5

ECON 2301, ECON 2300, or ECON 2302 satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VIII (Social and Behavioral Sciences) and are needed as a prerequisite for ECON 3352, if desired as a course option.  If not, GEOG 1300 recommended. 

6

CHEM 1411 and CHEM 1412 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area III (Life and Physical Sciences).

7

POLS 2305 and POLS 2306 satisfy the Core Curriculum requirement for Component Area VII (Political Science/Government).

8

Students who would like to take CHEM 3368 must take CHEM 2401 as an elective.

9

See, the Prescribed Electives course list below. Must select a minimum of 8 hours to meet 120-hour degree requirement.

10

Students interested in groundwater should take MATH 1430; whereas, students interested in surface water should take MATH 3379 or BIOL 4374.

Major: Prescribed Electives 9
Must select a minimum of 8 hours to meet 120-hour requirement
AGET 3383Soil & Water Conservation Engr3
BIOL 3461Wildlife Biology4
CHEM 2401Quantitative Analysis4
CHEM 3368Environmental Chemistry3
ECON 3352Energy & Environmental Econ3
ENVR 4361Environ Sci Field Exp3
GEOG 3301Environmental Geography3
GEOG 3310Sustainable Development3
GEOG 4333Field Studies3
GEOG 4361Geographic Information Systems for Public Health3
GEOG 4365Applied Geographic Info Systms3
GEOL 3330Oceanography3
GEOL 4400Stratigraphy & Sedimentation4
HLTH 4390Environmental Health3
PLSC 4330Soil Fertility Mgt Fertilizers3
POLS 3302Introduction to Public Policy3
SOCI 4337Environment And Society3
WMGT 3382Habitat & Pond Management3

Notes

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum overall GPA in all coursework. 

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum overall major GPA in all major coursework.

Students must earn a 2.0 minimum SHSU GPA in all coursework.

Students must meet a 2.0 minimum SHSU major GPA in all major coursework.

A minor is not required for this degree program; however, a student has the option to add a minor, but to do so additional semester credits hours will be needed above the degree program’s stated total semester credit hours. 

All minors can be paired with this degree program. 

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

  • Use the scientific method to address environmental problems.

  • Think critically.

  • Generate and/or interpret geospatial data based geographic information systems (GIS) and remote sensing.

  • Use quantitative methods to assess groundwater and surface water issues.

  • Apply knowledge of the environment and ecosystems to address environmental problems.

  • Problem solve.​