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    Degree offered: Bachelor of Science  

    Minor offered: Environmental Science 

    Ohio Dominican University offers this interdisciplinary major for motivated students that desire to know our environment, to understand the current urgent environmental dilemma, and to seek a sustainable future. Environmental problems and their solutions are a complex mix of science, ethics, economics and politics. 

    To understand the dilemma, an environmental science major must gain a strong base of scientific knowledge as well as a foundation in other disciplines. An interdisciplinary approach will be utilized to describe, analyze, and seek scientific solutions for the problems that arise at the interface of human actions and ecological processes. 

    Quantitative reasoning and creativity will be applied to understanding the complexity and variety of environmental problems found all around us. Study will include agriculture, water, energy production, waste management, and the incorporation of ecological cycles into human activity as a means to decrease environmental impacts. 

    Graduates will be prepared for jobs with city, state, regional, and federal agencies; non-profit groups, environmental consulting, conservation, restoration, sustainable agriculture, sustainable development, green business, and environmental education. They will also be prepared for graduate school in environmental science/studies, law, anthropology, economics, fisheries, wildlife management, and other related fields.


    Requirements for a B.S. in Environmental Science

    Courses
    See course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites

    Credits 
       
    Students must complete the core requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in addition to the major requirements listed below.  
       
    BIO 201 General Biology: Cells, Genetics, Evolution 4*
    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology, Ecology 4*
    BIO 330 Ecology 4*
    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 4*
    CHM 110 General Chemistry II 4*
    CHM 359 Analytical Chemistry** 4*
    ENV 113 Geology 4*
    ENV 115 Environmental Science 4*
    ENV 497 Internship & Capstone 3*
    MTH 140 Introduction to Statistics 3*
    POL 290 Politics & Government: Process & Issues 3*
       
    Select one course from the following:  4*
    ENV 330 Ichthyology: Natural History of Fish  
    ENV 335 Ornithology: The Science of Birds  
       
    Select one course from the following:  3-4*
    BIO 224 Botany (4)  
    BIO 227 Microbiology (4)  
    BIO 274 Biological Evolution (4)  
    BIO 366 Genetics (4)  
    CHM 229 Organic Chemistry I (4)  
    ENV 240 Understanding NEPA (3)  
    ENV 279A CORE: Applied Sustainability (3)  
    ENV 320 Water Resource Management (4)  
       
    Select one course from the following:  3
    ART 210 Botanical Illustration  
    ART 312 Green Art  
       
    Select one course from the following:  3
    PHL 242 Applied Ethics  
    PHL 243 Bioethics  
       
    Select one course from the following:  3
    GEO 125 World Geography  
    PJU 279G CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation & Mediation  
    PHL 379A CORE: Principles of Justice  
       
    Select one course from the following:  3
    POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking  
    POL 279C CORE: American Political Thought, Nature & Common Good  
       
    Total Credits Required  60-61 
    * Used to calculate the Major GPA  
    **MTH 160 Precalculus is a prerequisite for CHM 359  

    Requirements for a Minor in Environmental Science

    Courses
    See course descriptions for prerequisites and co-requisites

    Credits 

    BIO 202 General Biology: Botany, Zoology, Ecology 

    4     

    BIO 330 Ecology

    4

    CHM 109 General Chemistry I 

    4
    ENV 115 Environmental Science  4
       
    Select two courses from the following:  6-8

    ENV 111 Astronomy (3)      

     

    ENV 113 Geology (4)

     
    ENV 320 Water Resource Management (3)  
    ENV 330 Ichthyology: Natural History of Fish (4)  
    ENV 335 Ornithology: The Science of Birds (4)  
       
     Total Credits Required  22-24