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Course Requirements for the Class of 2024 and beyond - B.S. in Environmental Science



Required Environmental Science Foundation Courses (12 courses):

Environmental Science I w/ Laboratory (required)

GEV 1050

4 credits

Environmental Science II w/ Laboratory (required)

GEV 1051

4 credits

Environmental Issues Seminar (required)

GEV 4310

3 credits

General Chemistry I w/ Laboratory

CHM 1151/1103

5 credits

Environmental Chemistry w/ Laboratory

GEV 2310

4 credits

Physics I w/ Laboratory

PHY 1100/1101

4 credits

Statistics for Environmental Science1

GEV 3300

3 credits

Calculus I

MAT 1500

4 credits

Introduction to Geo–Techniques w/ Laboratory

GEV 1750

4 credits

Geographic Information Systems w/ Laboratory

GEV 4700

4 credits



39 credits

1 Biostatistics and Experimental Design (BIO 3105), Statistics for Life Sciences (MAT 1313), or Statistical Methods (MAT 4310) may fulfill this requirement.


Required Seminar and Professional Development Courses (4 courses):

Research Colloquium2

GEV 6006

0 credit

Professional Development in Geography and the Environment

GEV 2001

1 credit



1 credit

2 Students are required to take GEV 6006 a total of three times in their Junior and Senior years.


Required Independent Research Courses (2 courses):

Senior Research Seminar

GEV 6005

1 credit

Independent Study (senior project or thesis)3

GEV 6200/6220

3 credits



4 credits

3 Students take either the one-semester Senior Project (GEV 6200; 3 credits) or the two-semester Senior Thesis (GEV 6210 and 6220; 6 credits in which 3 credits count towards free electives) under the mentorship of a faculty member in the Department or a cognate department (i.e., Biology, Chemistry) with permission.


Major Elective Course Requirements (8 courses):

Course Type

Courses required


Environmental Science Laboratory elective


8 credits

Environmental Science and Technology elective


12 credits

Environmental Policy and Management elective


6 credits



26 credits



Core Curriculum (11 courses):

Augustine Culture Seminar (2 courses)4

ACS 1000/1001

6 credits

College Ethics (1 course)

ETH 2050

3 credits

Fine Arts (1 course)


3 credits

Foreign Language (2 courses)


6 credits

History (1 course)


3 credits

College Literature and Writing Seminar (1 course)

ENG 1975

3 credits

Philosophy (1 course)

PHI 1000

3 credits

Theology and Religious Studies (2 courses)

THL 1000

6 credits

Mathematics or Statistics (1 course / met by major)5



Social Science (2 courses / met by major)



Natural Science w/ Lab (2 courses / met by major)





33 credits

4 Students may wish to consider the Environmental Learning Community.

5 Students with AP Calculus credit must take any MAT course at Villanova. The AP course will be counted toward the major requirement.


Free Electives (10 courses):

Any courses


30 credits


Total credits for B.S. in Environmental Science                                     133 credits

Contact Information

Department of Geography and the Environment
Suite G67, Mendel Science Center
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Tel: (610) 519-3336
Fax: (610) 519-3338

Dr. Nathaniel B. Weston

Undergraduate Program Directors:
Dr. Steven Goldsmith (Environmental)
Dr. Stephen Strader (Geography)

Graduate Program Director:
Dr. Keith Henderson


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