Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
    Jul 17, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Science (BS.ENV)

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For further information about this major, contact Dr. Andrew Vermilyea, the Environmental Science Coordinator: Andrew.vermilyea@castleton.edu

This program integrates the scientific disciplines of biology, chemistry, and geology to provide students with a strong framework from which to analyze environmental problems and develop effective, sustainable solutions. Students earning a BS in Environmental Science will pursue both laboratory and field careers in government, industry, and the non-profit sector. This program prepares students for careers and graduate degree programs in related environmental fields such as toxicology, hydrology, systems ecology, plant ecology, and water chemistry.

Upon successful completion of this program students will achieve competency in the following learning goals:

Knowledge and understanding of Environmental Science Concepts

1. Explain the fundamental theoretical constructs, practices, and interrelationship among the major subdivisions of Environmental Science:

  • Geology
  • Ecology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Climate

2. Demonstrate fluency in the use of tools, technologies and methods in the laboratory and natural environment, for example: 

  • Solution preparation, quantitative lab skills, safety in the lab
  • Field/lab notebook
  • Geographical Information Systems

Intellectual Skills

3. Analytical and scientific inquiry: Formulate, create, and execute a plan to answer scientific questions employing the scientific method.

4. Use of information resources: Locate, comprehend, assess and apply the scholarly work of scientists according to accepted practices.

5. Communication: Communicate scientific information, both orally and in writing to both a technical and general public audience.

6. Quantitative skills: Use appropriate mathematical and statistical methods to evaluate and interpret environmental data.

(Credits required for the major: 62-65 cr)

And complete the University's Gen Ed requirements

Review  the Gen Ed requirements.

Additional Information

For students considering graduate programs in environmental scienceMAT 2532 - Calculus II  should be taken along with CHE 2112 - Organic Chemistry II .

For students considering environmental engineering or hydrology careers/graduate programs, a minor in mathematics is recommended with MAT 2532 - Calculus II , MAT 3533 - Calculus III , MAT 3210 - Linear Algebra , and MAT 3310 - Differential Equations .

In addition to the above requirements, we strongly recommend that students initiate an internship or research project in environmental science.

We also encourage students to consider the minor in Environmental Studies to enhance their breadth of knowledge of environmental issues.

The BS in Environmental Science may not be combined with a Biology or Ecological Studies major.  Up to 12 credits may be applied to a minor in Biology, Chemistry, or Geology.

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