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ODU's Environmental Sciences program is ideal for students interested in environmental policy and analysis as well as stewardship of natural resources, pollution management, and fish and wildlife management. 

Degrees offered:
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Minor in Environmental Science
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.

  • Sample 4-Year Academic Plan for Environmental Science Majors
    The course plan below is a sample plan for your major; it does not and should not replace meeting with your Academic Advisor to map out the best course plan that suits your individual academic goals and placement upon initial registration.

    Classes listed may not necessarily be offered during a particular term. 

    Year 1
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENG 110 ENG 111
    CORE 179 CHM 110
    BIO 201 BIO 202
    CHM 109 PHL (100-level)
    MTH 140 or 240  Elective
    Year 2
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    ENV 113 ART 210 or 312
    ENV 115
    POL 279A or C
    LNG 242
    PHL 242 or 243
    THL Required elective (1)
    HST Elective
    Year 3
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    CORE 379
    ENV 330 or 335
    CHM 359
    BIO 330
    THL
    POL 290
    Elective
    Required elective (2)
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Year 4
    Fall Semester Spring Semester
    LIT
    SCI 479
    Elective
    ENV 479
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Elective 
    Elective
    Elective 
    Elective 

    Student either needs Minor or an Emphasis (complete 9 credit hours) but could also do both.

    • Required elective (1) – select 3-4 credits from any of these BIO, CHM, or ENV courses: BIO 224, BIO 227, BIO 366, CHM 229, ENV 240, ENV 279A, ENV 320

    • Required Elective (2) – select 3 credits from any of these courses: GEO 125, PJU 279G, PHL 379A

    Other electives should be towards minor or graduate school prerequisites (meet with Advisor) and all students need 120 credits (15 credits per semester) to graduate in 4 years.

Course Requirements

  • B.S. in Environmental Science

    Students must complete the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Science in addition to the major requirements listed below.

    Courses Credits
    BIO 201General 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:

    Courses Credits
    ENV 330 Ichthyology: Natural History of Fish 4*
    ENV 335 Ornithology: The Science of Birds 4*

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    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 3*

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    ART 210 Botanical Illustration 3
    ART 312 Green Art 3

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    PHL 242 Applied Ethics 3
    PHL 243 Bioethics 3

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    GEO 125 World Geography 3
    PJU 279G CORE: Interpersonal Negotiation & Mediation 3
    PHL 379A CORE: Principles of Justice 3

    Select one course from the following:

    Courses Credits
    POL 279A CORE: Environmental Values & Policymaking 3
    POL 279C CORE: Amer Pol Thought, Nature & Common Good 3
    Total Credits Required 60-61

    * Used to calculate the Major GPA
    ** MTH 160 Precalculus is a prerequisite for CHM 359
  • Minor in Environmental Science
    Courses 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:

    Courses Credits
    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