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Environmental Science B.S.

Swenson College of Science & Engineering
Swenson College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 103 to 107
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
The B.S. in environmental science is designed for students who want a multidisciplinary science education focusing on aspects of the environment. This environmental science program requires a broad base of knowledge in the basic sciences and mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Earth sciences, and statistics. In addition, prudent study of environmental science requires understanding of economic, political, and ethical considerations. Environmental science features an intense grounding in resource issues (including courses in renewable and non-renewable resources)and builds on the strength of UMD in freshwater issues. In addition, the capstone course deals with sources, distribution, and ultimate fate of air, water, and solid waste pollution. Elective courses from areas such as habitats, climate processes, environmental chemistry, quantitative methods, and global resources are also required. The program is predicated on the belief that a student graduating with a B.S. in environmental science should have a firm background in physical and life sciences and a basic understanding of 1) existing environmental policies and regulations and the legislative process of their formation; 2) the major environmental issues including water, global climate, energy, pollution, and population; 3) techniques of environmental monitoring and prediction; and 4) economics and business organization.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For entering freshmen, the only admission requirement is acceptance into the College of Science and Engineering. Transfer students must meet campus and college requirements and are accepted into the program at the level corresponding to credits completed, based on existing transfer manuals and on faculty judgment when courses are not in existing manuals.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
The Board of Regents, on recommendation of the faculty, grants degrees from the University of Minnesota. Requirements for an undergraduate degree from University of Minnesota Duluth include the following:
  1. Students must meet all course and credit requirements of the departments and colleges or schools in which they are enrolled including an advanced writing course. Students seeking two degrees must fulfill the requirements of both degrees. However, two degrees cannot be awarded for the same major.
  2. Students must complete all requirements of the Liberal Education Program.
  3. Students must complete a minimum of 120 semester credits.
  4. At least 30 of the last 60 degree credits earned immediately before graduation must be awarded by UMD.
  5. Students must complete at least half of their courses at the 3xxx-level and higher at UMD. Study-abroad credits earned through courses taught by UM faculty and at institutions with which UMD has international exchange programs may be used to fulfill this requirement.
  6. If a minor is required, students must take at least three upper division credits in their minor field from UMD.
  7. The minimum cumulative UM GPA required for graduation will be 2.00 and will include only University of Minnesota coursework. A minimum UM GPA of 2.00 is required in each UMD undergraduate major and minor. No academic unit may impose higher grade point standards to graduate.
  8. Diploma, transcripts, and certification will be withheld until all financial obligations to the University have been met.
Program Requirements
Required Environmental Science Core (20 cr)
ESCI 2210 - Science and Management of Environmental Systems (4.0 cr)
ESCI 3101 - Nonrenewable Resources (3.0 cr)
ESCI 3102 - Renewable Resources (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4102 - Environmental Assessment (3.0 cr)
CHE 4615 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
or ESCI 4101 - Pollution and Technology (3.0 cr)
Required Courses From Other Programs (65-66 cr)
BIOL 1011 - General Biology I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 1012 - General Biology II [SUSTAIN] (5.0 cr)
BIOL 2801 - General Ecology (3.0 cr)
BIOL 2802 - Ecology Laboratory (2.0 cr)
GEOL 1110 - Geology and Earth Systems [LE CAT4, NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1297 - Calculus II [LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
PHYS 2013 - General Physics I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2014 - General Physics Lab I [NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
PHYS 2015 - General Physics II (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2016 - General Physics Lab II (1.0 cr)
WRIT 3150 - Advanced Writing: Science (3.0 cr)
Chemistry I
CHEM 1161 - Honors: General Chemistry I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1153 - General Chemistry I [LE CAT5, NAT SCI] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1154 - General Chemistry Lab I [LE CAT4, NAT SCI] (1.0 cr)
Chemistry II
CHEM 1162 - Honors: General Chemistry II (5.0 cr)
or CHEM 1155 - General Chemistry II (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1156 - General Chemistry Lab II (1.0 cr)
Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 2212 - Environmental Chemistry [NAT SCI, SUSTAIN] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 2222 - Quantitative Analysis (3.0 cr)
CHEM 2223 - Quantitative Analysis Laboratory (1.0 cr)
Economics
ECON 1022 - Principles of Economics: Macro [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
or ECON 1023 - Principles of Economics: Micro [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
Climate
GEOL 3100 - Earth's Climate and Environment: Past and Future (3.0 cr)
or GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate (3.0 cr)
Calculus
MATH 1290 - Calculus for the Natural Sciences [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
or MATH 1296 - Calculus I [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (5.0 cr)
Statistics
STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 3411 - Engineering Statistics (3.0 cr)
or STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4.0 cr)
Water Science Electives (8-11 cr)
Must include three courses, at least one course each from Group A and B. Courses used to satisfy a water science elective may not be used to satisfy a concentration elective. At least one course used to fill the water science electives or the concentration electives must have a laboratory or field component.
Take 3 or more course(s) totaling 8 - 11 credit(s) from the following:
Group A Groundwater
Take 1 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· GEOL 4240 - Physical Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4250 - Environmental Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4710 - Aqueous Geochemistry/Chemical Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· Group B Surface Water
Take 1 - 2 course(s) from the following:
· BIOL 3835 - Freshwater Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5805 - Fisheries Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5833 - Stream Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5861 - Lake Ecology (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5446 - Water Processes and Management (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5004 - Field Limnology (2.0 cr)
· LIM 5101 - Physical Limnology (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5102 - Chemical Limnology (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5103 - Geological Limnology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5839 - Coral Reef Field Studies (3.0 cr)
or GEOL 5839 - Coral Reef Geology (3.0 cr)
Concentration Electives (10 cr)
Courses can be distributed among the groups in any combination. Discuss with adviser the benefits of breadth (credits in several concentrations) versus depth (credits in a particular concentration).
Take 10 or more credit(s) from the following:
Climate Processes
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· GEOG 3401 - Weather and Climate (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3422 - Natural Hazards (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 5446 - Water Processes and Management (3.0 cr)
· GEOL 3210 - Geomorphology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4210 - Glacial and Quaternary Geology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 5220 - Advances in Paleoclimatology (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5103 - Geological Limnology (3.0 cr)
· Environmental Chemistry
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 5868 - Ecotoxicology (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2541 - Organic Chemistry I (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2542 - Organic Chemistry II (3.0 cr)
· CHEM 2543 - Organic Chemistry I Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· CHEM 2544 - Organic Chemistry II Laboratory (1.0 cr)
· GEOL 3710 - Introduction to Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
· GEOL 4710 - Aqueous Geochemistry/Chemical Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· LIM 5102 - Chemical Limnology (3.0 cr)
· Global Resources
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· ECON 3721 - Natural Resource and Energy Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 3777 - Environmental Economics (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 3461 - Geography of Global Resources [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 4451 - The Geography of Soils (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4240 - Physical Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4250 - Environmental Hydrogeology (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 4350 - Economic Geology (4.0 cr)
· Habitats
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 4805 - Ecological Invasions (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 5777 - Plankton Biology (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 5801 - Microbial Ecology (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 5802 - Microbial Ecology Laboratory (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 5805 - Fisheries Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5808 - Landscape Ecology: Theory and Application (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5833 - Stream Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5861 - Lake Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5863 - Ecosystems Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5865 - Conservation Biology (2.0 cr)
· BIOL 5870 - Wetland Ecology (3.0 cr)
· BIOL 5839 - Coral Reef Field Studies (3.0 cr)
or GEOL 5839 - Coral Reef Geology (3.0 cr)
· Quantitative Methods
Take 0 - 10 credit(s) from the following:
· BIOL 5807 - Mathematical Ecology (3.0 cr)
· CHE 2111 - Material and Energy Balances (3.0 cr)
· CHE 2121 - Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics (3.0 cr)
· CHE 3111 - Fluid Mechanics (3.0 cr)
· CHE 5022 - Transport Processes in Wells and Pipelines (3.0 cr)
· GIS 5572 - Environmental Application of GIS (4.0 cr)
· GIS 5581 - Digital Image Processing and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· GEOL 5215 - Glaciology (3.0 cr)
· LIM 5004 - Field Limnology (2.0 cr)
· LIM 5101 - Physical Limnology (3.0 cr)
· MATH 3280 - Differential Equations with Linear Algebra (4.0 cr)
· PHYS 5043 - Environmental Optics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5053 - Data Analysis Methods in Physics (3.0 cr)
· PHYS 5541 - Fluid Dynamics (3.0 cr)
· STAT 5411 - Analysis of Variance (3.0 cr)
 
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