Environmental Science BS
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, minors in Environmental Studies or Environmental Science. Three concentrations exist within the bachelor of 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. A related major that USF offers is Environmental Health and Safety.
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. Faculty will help students build a robust portfolio of skills and experiences in paid internships, service, research, and campus eco activities. An internship is required.
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
The B.S. in Environmental Science –requires 128 credit hours:
- 47-50 credit hours of general education courses, (excluding six credit hours counted in the major core)
- 39 credit hours of prescribed core courses in biology, chemistry, and physics
- completion of one of the concentrations below
- electives as needed
The Conservation Biology concentration adds:
- a minimum of 3 credit hours of Cell-Molecular Biology directed electives
- a minimum of 3 credit hours of Anatomy & Physiology directed electives
- a minimum of 6 credit hours of Organismal Biology-Ecology directed electives
The Liberal Arts concentration adds:
- a minimum of 10 credit hours prescribed in chemistry and environmental science, and
- a minimum of 12 credit hours of directed electives in biology and environmental science
The Sustainable Food Systems concentration adds:
- a minimum of 9 credit hours prescribed in environmental science, and
- a minimum of 18 credit hours prescribed from a range of disciplines
Program of Study
The B.S. in Environmental Science requires 128 credit hours:
- Major required: BIOL 190, BIOL 191 (Prin. of Bio. I & II), BIOL 296/7 (Ecol. & Div.and Lab), BIOL 366 (Exp. Des.), BIOL 401 (Sen. Cap.), BIOL 421 (Ecol.), CHEM 141, CHEM 142 (Prin. of Chem. I & II), ENVS 232 (Intro. Env. Sci.), ENVS 432 (Adv. Env. Sci.), ENVS 480 (Env. Sci. Sem.), ENVS 495 (Env. Int.), ENVS 305 (Soil Sci.) or SCIE 276 (Geology), MATH 302 (Statistics), and the completion of one of the three concentrations listed below
The Conservation Biology Concentration requires:
- Directed Electives in Cell-Molecular, a minimum of 3 credit hours from: BIOL 208 (Animal Nutrition), BIOL 226 (Micro.), BIOL 295 (Genetics), BIOL 350 (Cell), CHEM 333 and 367 (Biochem. & Biochem. Lab)
- Directed Electives in Anatomy & Physiology, a minimum of 3 credit hours from: BIOL 221 or 222 (Human A/P I, II), BIOL 271 and 272 or 273 and 274 (Mamm. A/P I, II with lab), BIOL 290 (Comp. Anat.), BIOL 349 (Vert. Phys.)
- Directed Electives in Organismal Biology – Ecology, a minimum of 6 credit hours from: BIOL 227 (Mar. Biol), BIOL 257/259/260 (Bio. Field Stud.), BIOL/ENVS 347 (Invert. Bio.), BIOL/ENVS 348 (Beh. Ecol.), BIOL/ENVS 353 (For. & Grass. Ecol.), BIOL 439 (Intro. Ornith.), BIOL 448 (Tax. of Flower. Plants)
The Liberal Arts Concentration requires:
- Required: CHEM 243 (Organic and Biochem) or CHEM 241 (Organic I), CHEM 343 (Env. Chem.), ENVS 330 (Env. Law) OR ENVS 332 (Env. Reg.)
- Directed electives, a minimum of 12 credit hours from: BIOL 208 (An. Nutrition), BIOL 227 (Marine Biol.), BIOL 257/259/260 (Bio. Field Stud.), BIOL/ENVS 347 (Invert. Bio.), BIOL/ENVS 348 (Beh. Ecol.), BIOL/ENVS 353 (For. & Grass. Ecol.), BIOL 439 (Ornithology), BIOL 496-499 (Spec.Problems), ENVS 240 (Intro Sustainable Food Sys.), ENVS 246 (Safety Compliance), ENVS 305 (Soil Sci.), ENVS 362 (Occup. Health), ENVS 364 (Env. Epidem.), ENVS 385 (Surface Subsurface), ENVS 400 (Practicum in Sustain.), ENVS 464 (Industrial Hygiene), ENVS 470 (Emer. Response/Homeland), ENVS 472 (Site Eval. Remediaton), SCIE 235 (Energy and Sustain.)
The Sustainable Food Systems Concentration requires:
- Required: ENVS 240 (Sust. Food Systems), ENVS 305 (Soil Sci.), ENVS 400 (Practicum in Sust. Food Systems)
- Directed electives, a minimum of 18 credit hours from: ACCT 100 (Surv. Finan. & Manag. Acct.), BUS 101 (Intro Business), BIOL 208 (An. Nutrition), BIOL/ENVS 347 (Invert. Bio.), BIOL/ENVS 348 (Beh. Ecol.), BIOL/ENVS 353 (For. & Grass. Ecol.), BIOL 496-499 (Spec.Problems), MGMT 230 (Prin. Management), MKT 281 (Princ. Of Marketing), ECON 240 (Env. Econ.), ENVS 246 (Safety Compliance), ENVS 330(Env. Law) OR ENVS 332 (Env. Regs.), ENVS 362 (Occup. Health), ENVS 364 (Env. Epidem.), ENVS 464 (Industrial Hygiene), ENVS 470 (Emer. Response/Homeland), ENVS 472 (Site Eval Remediaton), CHEM 243 (Organic Biochem.), CHEM 343 (Env. Chemistry), ECON 328 (Eco. Social Issue), SCIE 235 (Energy and Sustain.)
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.
Environmental Science majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.0. Courses may be repeated only once.
Environmental Science majors are required to pass an exit exam by the end of their senior year.