Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Curriculum

Students who complete this program will be prepared to take positions with state or federal regulatory agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Environmental Conservation, as well as consulting firms, research / development companies, or local (city or town) governments.  The will serve as impact assessors, safety and health officers, conservationists, research specialists, laboratory managers, and park rangers in environmental-related fields such as environmental management, risk/impact assessment, conservation and laboratory, and field research.


Cornerstone Courses

  1. The first cornerstone course is part of the introductory environmental science course and focuses on the environment of Post University.

  2. The second cornerstone course is embedded in an environmental impact assessment course and concentrates on local community issues.

  3. The third cornerstone course focuses on national and/or global sustainable development.

Capstone course

 

This is the perfect opportunity to apply information and skills already gained to a self-designed senior internship or independent study.  A student may investigate an area or topic of his or her choice and work one-on-one with a faculty member and/or site supervisor.

Through these cornerstone and capstone activities, students gain experience that enhance written and oral communication skills, increase proficiency in laboratory and field data collection and analysis, and develop a working knowledge of biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, economics, management, political structure or law, philosophy, and cultural diversity.


B.S. in Environmental Science Curriculum

 

General Education 61 crs
Common Core 12 crs
ENG110 College Writing

ENG110

College Writing - 3 Credits

This course is designed to develop and refine the analytical/critical reading skills and the substantive writing skills of freshmen.  This intensive writing class will focus on writing essays of varying length and expose students to the various rhetorical modes of writing that will contribute to their success in university courses and their chosen careers.

3 crs
ENG120 College Writing II

ENG120

College Writing II - 3 Credits

College Writing II looks to expand upon the writing skills attained in ENG110. As a student-centered course, students explore their own writing in peer, group, and self-review skill sessions. Students enhance self-editing skills and increase awareness of the revision skills needed in both college coursework and in careers. The course will further develop students' understanding of the writing process from pre-writing to final draft. This course encourages students to have their writing evaluated across the curriculum. The course culminates in a research essay and portfolio of original work.

Pre-requisite: ENG110.


    Prerequisite: ENG110
3 crs
COM107 Introduction to Communications

COM107

Intro to Communications - 3 credits

This introductory course will focus on the knowledge and skills that students need to become competent communicators.  This information and these skills will include speaking, listening, media literacy, computer-mediated communication, cultural sensitivity, workplace communication, group dynamics, and critical thinking.  Students will prepare and present speeches and group projects that utilize media and technology.  Emphasis will be place on personal, social and workplace interaction both individually and in group settings.

3 crs
CIS112 Introduction to Computing

CIS112

Introduction to Computing - 3 Credits

This course strives to meet the high level of computer literacy required of all students earning a degree from the university. Special emphasis is placed on the ethical use of computer technology for information analysis and communications. Computer units introduce the Internet, Windows, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. Students who feel they have attained computer literacy and earn 70 percent on an exemption exam may substitute any other 3-credit course for this core requirement. 

Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination.  No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.


    Students may prove competency by passing a waiver examination. No credit is granted if the requirement is waived.
3 crs
 
Liberal Arts Electives 24 crs
History Elective 3 crs
ENV201 Environmental Ethics

ENV201

Environmental Ethics - 3 Credits

Students consider the intrinsic relationships of humans to their biotic and abiotic surroundings. They reflect on the issues of meaning, attitudes, and value. Topics include the historical roots of the ecological crisis and movement, conflicting views on ecological problems, and ethical conflicts associated with the environment and cooperation with nature.

Prerequisite: ENV121.

3 crs
Social Science Elective 3 crs
Performance, Written, or Fine Arts Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
Elective 3 crs
 
Math 6 crs
MAT130 Precalculus and Trigonometry

MAT130

Pre-Calculus and Trigonometry - 3 Credits

This course is a study of functions deeply embedded with real-life activities. Topics include an overview of algebraic, exponential, logarithmic, rational, radical, and trigonometric functions as they are applied to daily life experiences. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Graphing calculator required.

Prerequisite: MAT120, successful completion of High School Pre-Calculus or the equivalent, or Department recommendation.


3 crs
MAT220 Statistics I

MAT220

Statistics - 3 Credits

This course offers students an opportunity to experience statistics as it would occur in various settings. Topics are presented through real life case studies and include an overview of the fundamentals of statistics, collective and descriptive statistical techniques, data collection and sampling, the normal distribution and probability, hypothesis testing, population inferences, simple linear regression, and correlation. An understanding of basic algebra is required. Course requires subscription to a supplementary online program. Scientific or graphing calculator and access to a spreadsheet program is recommended.

3 crs
 
Science 4 crs
BIO143 General Biology I

BIO143

General Biology I - 3 Credits

General Biology I is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a foundation for all other biology courses. Discussions will focus on the nature of science in general, bimolecular, origin of life, cells and their components, energy and metabolism, photosynthesis, cell reproduction and division, inheritance, taxonomy, viruses, bacteria, protists, vascular and non-vascular plants, and a survey of the animal kingdom (excluding vertebrates). Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133.


and
BIO143L General Biology I Lab

BIO143L

General Biology I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO143 General Biology I.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO133 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
Open Electives 15 crs
  
Leadership Course 3 crs
LCS105 Elements of Organizations

LCS105

Elements of Organization - 3 Credits

Students need a basic understanding of how organizations work in order to manage their personal and professional lives. This course provides an interdisciplinary perspective on the foundations underlying all organizations (businesses, non-profit and governmental organizations) specifically as they relate to the nature of: management and leadership, economics both domestically and internationally, ethics, social responsibility, entrepreneurship, human resource management, marketing/advertising, e-commerce, information technology, accounting, investments, money and personal finances.

3 crs
 
Major, Core and Concentrations 53-56 crs
Designated Writing Course 3 crs
SCI315 Writing in the Sciences

SCI315

Writing in the Sciences – 3 Credits

This course will focus on word and phrasing choice, language use (verbosity), sentence structure, and the passive voice. Students will learn the correct writing style to properly assemble and document laboratory reports, land-use permits, site assessments, and professional interviews. The final component of the class will involve learning to research peer-reviewed scientific literature, and compose a properly-cited scientific research paper.

Prerequisites: ENG110, ENG120, and COM107.


    Prerequisite: ENG110, ENG120, and COM107
3 crs
 
Science Core 20 crs
BIO144 General Biology II

BIO144

General Biology II - 3 Credits

General Biology II is designed for both the major and non-major college student and provides a continuation of the foundation established in BIO143. Discussions will focus on DNA, gene structure, function and expression, biotechnology, developmental biology, evolution, population genetics and dynamics, species interactions, biological communities, and vertebrate anatomy and physiology. Inquiry based study in the concurrent laboratory component will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material.

Prerequisite: C- or better in BIO143, or permission of the instructor.

This class was previously called BIO134.


    Prerequisite: BIO143
and
BIO144L General Biology II Lab

BIO144L

General Biology II Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of BIO144 General Biology II.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called BIO134 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
CHM115 General Chemistry I

CHM115

General Chemistry I - 3 Credits

Introduction to chemical principles including atomic and molecular structure, properties of the elements, stoichiometry, atomic bonding, chemical reactions, and the ideal gas law will be discussed in this introductory course.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: MAT120

This class was previously called CHM105.


    Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: MAT120
and
CHM115L General Chemistry I Lab

CHM115L

General Chemistry I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is an inquiry-based study of General Chemistry I topics that will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material and reinforce both the quantitative and qualitative components of chemistry. This course must be taken concurrently with CHM115.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called CHM105 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
CHM116 General Chemistry II

CHM116

General Chemistry II - 3 Credits

Principles learned in General Chemistry I will be expanded in the course to include kinetics, equilibrium, thermodynamics, solubility, and pH.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: CHM115 and CHM115L

This class was previously called CHM106.


    Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: CHM115 and CHM115L
and
CHM116L General Chemistry II Lab

CHM116L

General Chemistry II Lab - 1 Credit

This lab course in an inquiry-based study of General Chemistry II topics that will provide hands-on application of appropriate lecture material and reinforce both the quantitative and qualitative components of chemistry. This course must be taken concurrently with CHM1166.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called CHM106 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
PHY115 Physics I

PHY115

Physics I - 3 Credits

This is the first part of a two-semester course series that allows students to systematically study the physical forces that shape our universe. Students pay special attention to one and two dimensional motion, work and energy, momentum, the Law of Gravity, rotational dynamics, Laws of Thermodynamics, vibrations and waves, and sound. Lecture topics are reinforced through hands-on application of theory in a laboratory environment.

Prerequisite: MAT120.

This class was previously called PHY110.


    Prerequisite: MAT120
and
PHY115L Physics I Lab

PHY115L

Physics I Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of PHY115 Physics I.

This class was previously called PHY110 Lab.

4 crs
PHY116 Physics II

PHY116

Physics II - 3 Credits

This laboratory course is part of a two semester sequence that helps students explore the basic tenants of physics. The focus of Physics II is on the dynamic aspects of the universe. Physics II continues with discussion about light, refraction, reflection, mirrors, lenses, optic waves, and relativity, as well as quantum, atomic, and nuclear physics.

Prerequisite: PHY 115.

This class was previously called PHY111.


    Prerequisite: PHY115
and
PHY116L Physics II Lab

PHY116L

Physics II Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of PHY116 Physics II.

This class was previously called PHY111 Lab.
4 crs
 
Major Core 18-21 crs
BIO360 Ecology

BIO360

Ecology - 3 Credits

Ecology is the study of how living creatures interact with the living and non-living components of their environment. Topics in this course include population dynamics, energy flow, biological and geochemical cycles, decomposition, community structure and composition, plant and animal defenses, pest management, and environmental factors that may disrupt the global or local community.

Prerequisite: BIO134.

This class was formerly called BIO260.


    Prerequisite: BIO134
3 crs
CHM310 Environmental Chemistry

CHM310

Environmental Chemistry - 3 Credits

Over the past 20 years, there has been increasing interest in studying the chemical processes at work in the environment. This course investigates the chemistry that supports studies of energy sources, ozone depletion and formation, water quality, industrial and agricultural processes, toxicology, ground level air pollution, soil quality, and pesticide use.

Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: ENV121.

This class was previously called CHM210.


    Laboratory fee required. Prerequisite: ENV121
and
CHM310L Environmental Chemistry Lab

CHM310L

Environmental Chemistry Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of CHM310 Environmental Chemistry.

Laboratory fee required.

This class was previously called CHM210 Lab.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
ENV121 Environmental Science

ENV121

Environmental Science: A Global Concern - 3 Credits

This interdisciplinary approach to our world emphasizes the history of environmental concerns, biomes, species interactions with each other and their environment, air, water, soil and biological resources, population dynamics, toxicology, energy sources, land use management, and other related topics. Principles of physics, environmental chemistry, and biology are incorporated throughout the course. Information learned in lecture is re-enforced or enhanced through laboratory activities and experimentation.

Laboratory fee required.


    Laboratory fee required
and
ENV121L Environmental Science Lab

ENV121L

Environmental Science: A Global Concern Lab - 1 Credit

This course is offered as part of ENV121 Environmental Science.

Laboratory fee required.


    Laboratory fee required
4 crs
ENV200 Environmental Policy

ENV200

Environmental Policy - 3 Credits

This course provides the foundation for an examination of the role of government in the conservation, preservation, and utilization of natural resources and the environment. The history of federal legislation, regulation, and environmental law will be discussed in general terms. Major laws and treaties as well as agencies (and their programs) will be examined in detail.

Prerequisite: ENV121.


    Prerequisite: ENV121
3 crs
ENV498 Internship

ENV498

Internship 1 - 3 Credits
Students engage in independent research in either a laboratory or field setting. Students may also elect to complete a literature review. Results of this work are presented at the end of the semester. Application, proposal submission, and registration policies should be discussed with the faculty mentor prior to registration.

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.


    Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor
1-3 crs
ENV/BIO200-400 Directed Elective 3-4 crs
 
Concentrations 12 crs
 
Career and Self-Awareness 6 crs
CSA101 College Success Seminar

CSA101

Exploring Self: Inside Out - 3 credits

This course will focus on self-discovery and interaction with others to provide learners with the foundation for examining and further developing their own personal effectiveness. An environment of trust will be built within the class to enable individual and collective openness, discovery, and engagement in personal learning. The course will use experiential learning, personal reflection, and group interaction as primary approaches. This is a hybrid course, with classroom interaction time blended with online learning and interaction through the Blackboard learning management system.

3 crs
CSA260 Professional Success Seminar

CSA260

Professional Success Seminar - 1 credits

This course will enable students to develop their own individualized plans for personal, academic, and career success. Students will engage in self-evaluation exercises and highly interactive classroom activities to evaluate their own “fit” for certain careers. Students will also participate in resume and cover letter writing activities to prepare for the experiential learning of the next course. Students will establish short-term career goals and begin a career portfolio to be refined during successive semesters.

1 cr
CSA400 Career Capstone

CSA400

Career Capstone - 2 credits

This course is the culmination of the career and self-awareness series, a comprehensive program for career and life planning. The course prepares students for a transition from university life to independent work life. Students will learn valuable financial and money management skills. Students will explore life balance issues, life roles, and self-concept as they relate to their future plans. Students will explore employment issues, such as the changing nature of work, diversity, trends, and job outlook. The course will require students to engage in networking and a job search with the goal of employment upon graduation. In addition, students who are seeking to enter graduate school will engage in the application process, including interviewing practice, and admissions essay writing.

Prerequisite: CSA260


    Prerequisite: CSA260
2 crs
 
Grand Total 123-126 crs

 

LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY CONCENTRATION 12 crs
BIO226 Botany

BIO226

Botany - 3 Credits

Botany is a study of vascular and nonvascular plants. In this course, students will focus on the macroscopic and microscopic anatomy of vascular and non-vascular plants as well as the physiology and ecology of representative species from the major plant phyla (divisions).

Prerequisite: BIO144.

3 crs
ENV301 Soils in Our Environment

ENV301

Soils in our Environment - 3 Credits

This course expands on a student's collected knowledge-base in environmental science by applying it to the concepts of soil science. The principles of composition and genesis; chemical, physical and biological properties; classification and mapping; soil water; and management and conservation practices will be discussed and demonstrated. The course will also explore the role of soil in contemporary environmental quality, contamination and remediation issues.

Prerequisites: ENV121, BIO144, and one of the following: BIO360, BIO226, or permission of instructor

3 crs
ENV420 Ecological Field Methods

ENV420

Ecological Field Methods - 3 Credits

This course is an investigation into established ecological sampling and field methods.  Techniques for sampling plants, soils, aquatic invertebrates, small mammals, and insects will be discussed and demonstrated.  Students will learn to design, plan and conduct a field ecology research project, as well as how to effectively analyze, interpret and communicate the collected field data.

Prerequisites- ENV121, BIO144, and one of the following: BIO360, CHM310, or BIO226

3 crs
ENV430 Strategies for Sustainable Development

ENV430

Strategies for Sustainable Development - 3 Credits

Our historic “Frontier Mentality” attitudes are no longer viable in the face of continuing human population increases. More than ever, people are faced with issues of renewable and nonrenewable resources, food production, water quality, and environmental health. This course will explore how the application of technology, identification of renewable resources, support of diversity, monitoring of the environment, and minimization of waste can result in resource planning and management strategies that are not only sustainable, but also lucrative in the environmental and business areas.

Prerequisite: ENV121.

3 crs

 

OCEAN CONSERVATION CONCENTRATION 12 crs
ENV240 Ocean Conservation and Management

ENV240

Ocean Conservation and Management - 3 Credits

This course is an introduction to the global concerns surrounding conservation and management of the marine ecosystem. The approach is interdisciplinary and focuses on applying an understanding of the physical, chemical and biological processes of the world’s oceans to the conservation economics and international policy that will govern sustainable change.

3 crs
ENV330 Physical Oceanography

ENV330

Physical Oceanography - 3 Credits

This course is an overview of the world’s oceans and the role they play in global geologic, climatologic, and biologic systems. Students will investigate current ocean science and technologies, patterns of environmental change, and coastal dynamics.

Prerequisite: ENV240

3 crs
ENV410 Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration

ENV410

Coral Reef Ecology and Restoration - 3 Credits

This course is a detailed exploration of the ecology of the coral reef ecosystem, including current conservation and restoration methods. Students will investigate fish, invertebrates, and plants common to coral reefs; causes of natural and human-induced tropical ocean pollution and their subsequent effects on coral reef ecosystem dynamics; and restoration techniques to recreate, reconstruct or repair damaged tropical reefs.

3 crs
ENV440 Methods in Scientific Diving

ENV440

Methods in Scientific Diving - 3 Credits

This course provides a detailed overview of the methodology and procedure associated with underwater science research. Students will explore mapping techniques, transect and quadrat use and proper sediment and biological sampling methods. Completion of the course requires one week of travel to a Caribbean destination to demonstrate proficiency in the learned underwater research techniques.

Open Water Dive Certification is required.

3 crs

 


Minors are also available, to learn more visit the Undergraduate MInors section.

Universities regularly make changes to the curriculum in order to offer quality and relevant degrees. Post University reserves the right to change the curriculum at any time. Any changes to the curriculum will be published as soon as the changes have been approved.