Major Requirements - Environmental Science (Sustainability)

These requirements will apply to students enrolling at AU in the 2017-2018 academic year. Current students can find the requirements that apply to them by consulting the relevant academic catalog.

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science (Sustainability)

As the world continues to explore and address the impacts of environmental and human sustainability, it is important to provide a program that will give students the tools to deal with these critical issues in society. These critical issues include: air pollution, climate change, water and land resource change, energy production change, consumerism and societal needs for adaptation. Such issues can cross environmental, economic and societal borders and it is important to look at these issues holistically. For these reasons, the major in environmental science will take both an interdisciplinary and a multidisciplinary approach to environmental issues so students may identify problems, propose solutions, and inform others of such possible solutions.

The program is a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with 15 core courses. Classes will focus on academic content and allow students opportunities for experiential learning both in the community and the unique landscape of George Williams College. As students reach completion of the program, opportunities for internships will allow further experiential development to prepare the student for the workforce or for the rigors of graduate school.

After program completion, students may pursue an environmental career in government, industry, public policy, advertising, environmental consulting, community development or urban and rural land-use planning. Students will also be well prepared to pursue graduate studies including environmental law or environmental studies with degree concentrations such as advocacy, biology, education, management, policy or sustainability.

Required core courses: 48 credits

SUS2100 Environmental Ethics (4)
SUS2200 Environmental Chemistry (4)
SUS3100 Introduction to GIS (4)
SUS3200 Ecology and Conversation (4)
SUS3300 Environmental Statistics (4)
SUS3400 Environmental Soils and Food Production (4)
SUS4100 Grant Writing and Fundraising (4)
SUS4200 Water Resources and the Environment (4)
SUS4210 Terrestrial Ecosystems (4)
SUS4300 Senior Capstone in Environmental Science (4)
SUS4500 Environmental Management (4)
SUS4700 Energy and Changing Technology (4)

Required support core courses for BS: 20 credits

BIO1210/1210z Biology of Cells/Lab (4)
BIO1220/1220z Biology of Organisms/Lab (4)
BIO2200 Humans and the Environment (4)
CHM1200/1200z Principles of Chemistry/Lab(4)
NSM1300 Earth Science (4)

Elective courses:

SUS2400                Literature and the Environment (4)
SUS4400                Environmental Literacy and Critical Inquiry (4)

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