Environmental Science Concentration

The Environmental Science Concentration in the Bachelor of Science Comprehensive Program gives the student with an interest in science and the environment an opportunity to study environmental science within a social and cultural context. The program can serve as preparation for graduate studies in environmental sciences, geography, and planning. Employment opportunities exist in government, business, or industry.

Below is a sample of an environmental science program in Comprehensive Science, subject to variation at the discretion of the student and the student's advisor:

Freshman Year

First Semester Crs. Second Semester Crs.
MAT 1500 - Calculus I 4 MAT 1505 - Calculus II 4
CHM 1151 - General Chemistry I
CHM 1103 - General Chemistry Lab I
4 CHM 1152 - General Chemistry II
CHM 1104 - General Chemistry Lab II
4
ACS 1000 - Traditions in Conversation or ACS 1001 - Modernity & Its Discontents 3 ACS 1001 - Modernity & Its Discontents or ACS 1000 - Traditions in Conversation 3
Core Language 1 3 Core Language 2 3
Social Science 3 PHI 1050 - Intro to Philosophy 1 3
Total Credits 18 Total Credits 18

Sophomore Year

First Semester Crs. Second Semester Crs.
Environmental Science I (ES I) 4 Environmental Science II (ES II) 4
MAT 2500 - Calculus III 4 MAT 4310 - Stat Methods 4
BIO 2105 - General Biology I 4 BIO 2106 - General Biology II 4
ENG 1050 - The Literary Experience 3 HIS 1050 - Themes in Modern World History 3
Total Credits 15 Total Credits 15

Junior Year

First Semester Crs. Second Semester Crs.
Environmental Studies Cat. B Course: BIO 3255 - Introductory Ecology 2 4 Science Elective3 4
PHY 2410 - University Phy:Mechanics / PHY 2411 - Lab: Mechanics 3 PHY 2412 - Univ Physics: Elec & Mag / PHY 2413 - Lab: Elec & Magnetism 3
or ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life BIO 3255 - Introductory Ecology 4 3 ETH 2050 - Eth Trad & Contemp Life or 3
Environmental Studies Cat. C. Course: Policy & Management BIO 3255 - Introductory Ecology 5 3 CSC 1051 - Algorithms & Data Struc I 3
Advanced Literature 3 THL 1050 - Christian Theology: An Intro 3
Total Credits 17 Total Credits 18

Senior Year

First Semester Crs. Second Semester Crs.
Science Elective3 4 Science Elective3 4
Environmental Studies Cat. D. Course: Environmental Social Science BIO 3255 - Introductory Ecology 5 3 Environmental Internship, Thesis, or Project BIO 3255 - Introductory Ecology 6 3
Seminar in Environmental Issues 3 Science Elective3 3
Advanced History 3 Advanced Theology 3
Fine Arts 3 Social Science Elective7  3
Total Credits 16 Total Credits 17-8

BSC majors must:

Plan their academic program in accord with the requirements set forth in the Villanova University Bulletin Undergraduate Full-Time Studies.

Satisfy the requirements of the Core Program of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Sample four-year plan for taking the required courses for the BSC major are available for the various concentrations offered through the program.

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Note Citations

1 Or any Core course. Take Intro. Philosophy (PHI 1050) before end of sophomore year to prepare for Environmental Ethics.

2 Refer to the Environmental Studies Concentration handout for acceptable courses in Category B. Note that Introductory Ecology will also fulfill a Science elective in the Comprehensive Science program, and GEO courses will fulfill one Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

3 With ES I and II, BIO 3255 and CSC 1051, four additional Science Electives required for BSC major. Consider advanced courses in Biology and Chemistry with environmental content (refer to the Environmental Studies Concentration handout).

4 Environmental Ethics (PHI 3820) required for the Environmental Studies Concentration, and fulfills advanced PHI requirement in the Core Curriculum as well. Seminar in Environmental Issues is an interdisciplinary course required for Environmental Studies Concentration.

5 Refer to the Environmental Studies Concentration handout for acceptable courses in Categories C and D. Note that several courses will also fulfill the Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum.

6 Need approval from Director of Environmental Studies Concentration in addition to Director of Comprehensive Science.

7 Third required course for Social Science requirement of the Core Curriculum. Take either introductory or advanced course, as needed given courses selected for Categories C and D in Environmental Studies Concentration.