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Lake Superior State University

Environmental Science: Bachelor of Science

Program Description

Environmental Science is the study of human interaction with the environment.  by seeking sustainable solutions for environmental problems such as water pollution, energy and climate, and ecosystem integrity, environmental scientists help ensure a safe, healthful environment for all living things.

Graduates with a bachelor of science in Environmental Science work in many disciplines, government agencies, and industries.  Environmental Science graduates have a wide range of career opportunities including areas such as sustainability, field sampling, hydrology, environmental health, pollution control, environmental toxicology, climate science, ecology, and water quality analysis.  while many graduates enter the workforce with a bachelors degree, some students proceed on to graduate school in natural sciences, policy, law, or sustainability studies.  Internships in Environmental Science are encouraged where students can gain valuable real-world experience while gaining college credit - a faculty advisor can assist students in identifying internship opportunities locally, regionally, and internationally.  In addition to their course work, all students participate in an applied research project in close collaboration with a faculty member to address a meaningful environmental-based problem.  These projects, through the excellent preparation they provide our students, are often cited as important factors in successful job searches and entry into graduate programs.

Degree Requirements

Environmental Science Core Requirements (66-67 credits)

Complete one course from the following two:

  • NSCI116 Introduction to Oceanography 4
  • GEOG108 Physical Geography: Meteorology & Climatology 4

Complete one course from the following two:

  • MATH112 Calculus for Business and Life Sciences 4
  • MATH151 Calculus I 4

Complete one course from the following three:

Complete one course from the following two:

  • GEOL411 Hydrologic Systems: Surface and Groundwater 4
  • NRES286 Principles of Watersheds 3

Students will select a Concentration from:  Physical Sciences, Chemistry, or Policy and Management.

CONCENTRATION: Physical Sciences

  • NRES230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • CHEM208 Survey Organic Chemistry/Bio Apps 4
  • CHEM231 Quantitative Analysis 4
  • CHEM332 Instrumental Analysis 4
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health App 4
  • EVRN341 Environmental Chemistry 4
  • EVRN435 Environmental Systems 4
  • PHYS221 Principles of Physics I 4
  • PHYS222 Principles of Physics II 4
  • PHYS231 App Phys Engineer/Scientist I 4
  • PHYS232 App Phys Engineer/Scientist II 4


Complete one of the following options:

  • MATH152 Calculus II 4
  • EGNR245 Calculus Applications for Tech 3
  • EGNR140 Linear Algebra Numerical Methods Engineers 2

For American Chemical Society certified degree, additionally required (total lab hours must be at least 400 hours).  See Department Chair for special rules regarding ACS certification:

  • CHEM495 Senior Project 2
  • CHEM Electives 300 level or higher (7 cr minimum)

CONCENTRATION:  Policy and Management

  • NRES203 Fundamentals of Natural Resources 3
  • NRES230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • NRES287 Conservation Biology 3
  • NRES304 The Human Environment 3
  • EVRN317 Environmental Health App 4
  • EVRN325 Geospatial Analysis 3
  • ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • ECON307 Environmental Economics 3
  • POLI342 International Environmental Policy 3

Complete two of the following three:

  • EVRN355 GIS Programming and Applications 4
  • EVRN365 Applied Geospatial Tech
  • EVRN445 Remote Sensing and Spatial Statistics 4

Directed Electives (5 credits minimum):

  • NRES284 Principles of Forest Conservation 4
  • NRES470 Restoration Ecology 3
  • BUSN308 Managing Cultural Differences 3
  • CHEM208 Survey Organic Chemistry/Bio Apps 4
  • COMM302 Argumentation and Advocacy 3
  • COMM320 Public Relations 4
  • CSCI105 Introduction to Computer Programming 3
  • EVRN435 Environmental Systems 3
  • EVRN495 Senior Project 2
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • GEOG302 Economic Geography 3
  • GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
  • POLI110 Introduction to American Government and Politics 4
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  • POLI301 Policy Analysis and Evaluation 4

General Education: All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher. The Environmental Science, Chemistry Concentration requires a minimum of 132 credits. A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, and a gpa of 2.00 or higher is required in your General Education Requirements.

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