Undergraduate Catalog: 2021-22

Environmental Science AS

The Environmental Science curriculum prepares students for surprisingly abundant jobs in the Fort Wayne area and those far afield.  USF has many options including this Associates of Arts degree, and minors in both Environmental Studies and Environmental Science.  A related major that USF offers is Environmental Health and Safety.  Three concentrations exist within the bachelor of science in Environmental Science: the Liberal Arts concentration, which balances courses in biology, chemistry, and Earth science; the Conservation Biology concentration, which trains students in field biology and working with rare species; and the Sustainable Food Systems concentration, an interdisciplinary concentration that provides students with a foundation in ecological principals, an understanding of food systems, and opportunities to develop skills in sustainable and urban farming practices.

Jobs in the local area are especially abundant for work in environmental compliance, health, and safety.  Jobs near and far can be found in climate change, laboratory analysis, water quality, environmental education, park and refuge work, environmental law, retail, small business, farming, forestry, research, restoration, limnology, solid waste management, community organizing, city planning, emergency response, hazardous materials, and a myriad of other possibilities.

Opportunities are available with private industries, consulting firms, universities and schools at all levels, nature centers, zoos and gardens, churches, federal, state, and local governments, non-profits, and businesses of all sizes.  Students do best when participating in paid internships, service, research, and campus eco activities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students are proficient in critical, analytical, and integrative thinking in the sciences
  • Students use the scientific method to conduct hypothesis-driven research or complete a science-based service project
  • Students demonstrate global consciousness, social responsibility, and ethical awareness in the pursuit of science
  • Students demonstrate leadership and the ability to work in teams
  • Students are proficient presenting scientific information in oral and written form
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts and principles of biology
  • Students are confident, satisfied, and well-prepared to undertake careers in the environmental sciences

Degree Requirements

The A.S. in Environmental Science degree requires 60 credit hours:

  • 12-13 credit hours of Franciscan Core general education courses,
  • A minimum of 33 credit hours of prescribed courses in biology, chemistry, and environmental science,
  • A minimum of 9 credit hours of directed electives, and
  • electives as needed

Program of Study

The A.S. in Environmental Science degree requires:

  • Major required: BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. of Bio. I & II), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. of Chem. I & II), ENVS 232 (Intro. Env. Sci.), BIOL 296/7 (Ecol. & Div. with lab), ENVS 305 (Soil Sci.) OR SCIE 276 (Geology), MATH 302 (Stats.)
  • Directed electives, a minimum of 9 credit hours from: ENVS 246 (Safety Compliance), ENVS 332 (Env. Reg.) or ENVS 330 (Env. Law), ENVS 432 (Adv. Env. Sci.), ENVS 480 (Env. Sci. Sem.), ENVS 495 (Env. Int.), BIOL 257/259/260 (Bio. Field Stud.), BIOL/ENVS 347 (Invert. Bio.), BIOL/ENVS 348 (Beh. Ecol.), BIOL/ENVS 353 (For. & Grass. Ecol.), BIOL 421 (Ecol.), BIOL 439 (Ornithology), CHEM 343 (Env. Chem.), [CHEM 241 (Org. Chem. I) or CHEM 243 (Organ. Biochem.), or CHEM 345 (Anal. Chem.)], ECON 240 (Env. Econ.), SCIE 235 (Energy and Sust.)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet University of Saint Francis admission requirements. Students should have a strong background in science and math. It is suggested students rank in the upper half of their high school graduation class, have a GPA of at least 2.3 on a 4.0 scale and earn a Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) re-centered score of 1,000 or above (Verbal/Critical Reading and Math combined) or an American College Test (ACT) composite score of 21 or above.

Progression Requirements

Environmental Science majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0.  Courses may be repeated only once.

Graduation Requirements

Environmental Science majors are required to pass an exit exam by the end of their senior year.