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Environmental Sciences

Requirements for a minor in Environmental Sciences
Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Environmental Sciences

(ENSC)

Available as a major for the B.S. degree.

This interdisciplinary program is administered by the Director of the Environmental Sciences Program, Dr. Leo W. Newland, Professor of Biology and Geology, and also by the Environmental Sciences Committee. Students may obtain information or advisement about the program from Dr. Newland or from the chairs of the Departments of Biology or Geology.

Faculty associated with the Environmental Sciences Program are:

Joseph C. Britton, Professor of Biology
Arthur Busbey, Associate Professor of Geology
R. Nowell Donovan, Charles B. Moncrief Professor of Geology
Ray W. Drenner, Professor of Biology
Arthur J. Ehlmann, Emeritus Professor of Geology
Gary W. Ferguson, Professor of Biology
Richard Hanson, Herndon Professor of Geology
Philip S. Hartman, Professor of Biology
John Horner, Associate Professor of Biology
Otto Hutzinger, Chair, Ecological Chemistry, University of Bayreuth, Germany
Glenn C. Kroh, Associate Professor of Biology
Ken M. Morgan, Chair, Department of Geology and Director, Center for Remote Sensing and Energy Research
Leo Newland, Professor of Biology & Geology
Michael Slattery, Associate Professor of Geology

Pass/No Credit Option. Courses in the major and minor, if any, must be taken for letter grades.

Requirements for a minor in Environmental Sciences The minor in Environmental Sciences requires participation in Columbia University's "Earth Semester" Program at Biosphere2 just outside Tucson, AZ. TCU is an "Institutional Partner" with Columbia University in Biosphere2 and Earth Semester participants receive 13 hours of advanced (30000 level) biology and geology plus 3 hours of UCR social science credit totaling 16 hours. Additionally, and to complete the minor, you must take at least 6 hours of biology and geology from the following courses:

GEOL 10113 or 10143, and BIOL 30613

Requirements for the B.S. degree with a major in Environmental Sciences

A. Required Science Courses

BIOLOGY COURSES (20 hours)

BIOL 10504 Principles of Life Sciences
BIOL 10514 Principles of Life Sciences
BIOL 30403 Ecology
BIOL 30303 Microbiology or BIOL 30603 Cellular, Molecular & Developmental Biology

Plus 6 hours to be taken from the following:

BIOL 30011 Introduction to Biological Research
BIOL 30104 Comparative Invertebrate Zoology
BIOL 30124 Biology of the Vertebrates
BIOL 30233 Economic Botany
BIOL 30323 Introduction to Marine Science (also GEOL)
BIOL 30504 Plant Biology
BIOL 30613 Natural History of North America
BIOL 30703 Plant Systematics
BIOL 30803 History of Biology
BIOL 40123 Genetics
BIOL 40404 General Animal Physiology
BIOL 40900 Natural History of the Southwest
BIOL 50103 Terrestrial Ecosystems
BIOL 50303 Systematics and Evolution
BIOL 50313 Biogeography
BIOL 50602 Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (also GEOL)
BIOL 50703 Ecology of Lakes and Streams
BIOL 50713 Marine Ecology
BIOL 50773 Introduction to Environmental Law (also GEOL)
BIOL 50803 Ecology of Fishes
BIOL 50883 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Technology (also GEOL)
BIOL 50903 Tropical Biology
BIOL 50923 Herpetology

GEOLOGY COURSES (18 hours)

GEOL 10113 Understanding the Earth
GEOL 10143 Earth Resources & the Environment
GEOL 30393 Environmental Earth Resources

Plus 9 hours to be taken from the following:

GEOL 30113 Weather and Climate
GEOL 30123 Beaches, Coasts, and Oceans
GEOL 30323 Introduction to Marine Science (also BIOL)
GEOL 30233 The Rock Cycle
GEOL 40413 Map Interpretation
GEOL 40493 Geomorphology
GEOL 50113 Soils
GEOL 50493 Physical Hydrology
GEOL 50602 Preparation of Environmental Impact Statements (also BIOL)
GEOL 50603 Introduction to Geochemistry
GEOL 50712 Environmental Geology
GEOL 50721 Geographic Information Systems
GEOL 50731 Remote Sensing Technology
GEOL 50741 Image Processing
GEOL 50751 Image Interpretation
GEOL 50762 Advanced GIS
GEOL 50773 Introduction to Environmental Law (also BIOL)
GEOL 50783 Environmental Chemistry
GEOL 50883 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Technology (also BIOL)
GEOL 50901 Computer Applications in Geology
GEOL 50912 Statistical Applications for Microcomputers
GEOL 50922 Mapping Applications for Micro-computers

CHEMISTRY COURSES (15 hours)

CHEM 10113-10123 General Chemistry
CHEM 10122 General Chemistry Lab
CHEM 20104 Quantitative Analysis

Plus 3 hours to be taken from the following:

CHEM 30123-30133 Organic Chemistry
CHEM 40164 Introduction to Physical Chemistry
CHEM 50783 Environmental Chemistry

PHYSICS COURSES (8 hours)

PHYS 10153 General Physics I
PHYS 10151 General Physics Laboratory
PHYS 10163 General Physics II
PHYS 10161 General Physics Laboratory

MATHEMATICS COURSES (7 or 8 hours)

MATH 10524 Calculus I, and either
MATH 20524 Calculus II or COSC 10403 Introduction to Programming

B. Required Non-Science Course (3 hours)

DESC 20153 Statistical Analysis or MATH 10043 Elementary Statistics

C. Approved Electives. To be chosen from the sciences, mathematics, or approved by the adviser.

The total required for the B.S. degree with a major in Environmental Sciences is 132 semester hours.