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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Environmental Science (B.S.)

Program Summary

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Environmental Science program is deeply rooted within the Geosciences and provides students with interdisciplinary knowledge of Earth systems and the skills required to solve contemporary issues related to the natural environment. The Environmental Science program provides a focus on knowledge, skills, and abilities in the physical, biological, and social sciences, while providing the flexibility for students to focus on their interests. The interdisciplinary knowledge that complements a valuable set of skills and analytical/problem solving abilities that will allow students to succeed as professional environmental scientists in public and private sectors. The program also provides students a foundation upon which to pursue advanced education in Environmental Science or a closely related field of study.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C” (2.0) or better to be counted in the major.
  • Some of the requirements fulfilled at other institutions may transfer to SUU and count toward the major with the approval of the Department Chair.
  • A minimum of 18 credit hours, including the capstone project, must be completed at SUU.
  • Some courses are taught every other year or as needed. Consult your Student Success Advisor for scheduling help.
  • Courses may not be repeated more than two (2) times without instructor approval.
  • Credits over 10 years old may not be accepted for use in the major.

General Education Requirement (30-35 Credits)

See General Education  for course options.

  • Core Course Requirements (12-15 Credits)
  • Knowledge Area Requirements (16-20 Credits)

Please note: All students must complete a minimum of 30 credits between the Core and Knowledge Area requirements.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Requirement (12 Credits*)

  • Bachelor of Science Degree - Math or Science minimum requirement 12 Credits

* Note: A portion of the B.S. requirements may be met by fulfilling the General Education  Core and Knowledge Areas. Because of this, these credits are typically not counted in the degree total at the bottom of page. Some students majoring in non-science fields may need additional math/science courses to reach the minimum 12 credits. Consult your Student Success Advisor for details. 

Environmental Science Curriculum (69-70 Credits)

Environmental Science Foundation (3-4 Credits)

Complete one of the following lecture/lab pairs. Please note that ENVS 1000 does not have an associated lab but will fulfill this requirement. All courses can be used to fulfill the General Education Physical Sciences requirement:

Environmental Science Core (45 Credits)


* Students who are not prepared for this math course may need additional math credits/preparation. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for more information.

Capstone Research or Internship (3 Credits)

Select one of the following:

Environmental Science Electives (18 Credits)

Natural Science Electives (12 Credits)

Select at least 12 credits from the following (prerequisites met with core requirements, unless otherwise noted):

Free Electives (15-29 Credits)

Total elective credit is determined by General Education courses taken, degree type selected, additional credits earned, and any additional math or other prerequisite courses needed. For a bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum of 40 upper-division credits (courses numbered 3000-4999). Students may need to select additional upper-division courses not included in their major requirements in order to reach this minimum. Please consult your Student Success Advisor for details.

Total Credits, B.S. Degree: 120