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Undergraduate

Environmental Science (BS)

Two concentrations in the environmental field, a B.S. in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (EVS) and a B.A. in ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (ESP) are offered in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Rochester. Interested students should contact Karen Berger (275-7611 or karen.berger@rochester.edu).

B.S. IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (EVS)

The B.S. in Environmental Science provides students with a strong foundation in the natural sciences and mathematics, a broad background in Earth sciences, as well as the strong analytical, quantitative, and communication skills needed to solve problems related to Earth systems and resources. The acquired knowledge and skills are excellent training for graduate research in a variety of fields (e.g., hydrology, geochemistry, oceanography, environmental geophysics, and atmospheric science) and careers in environmental and geological consulting, environmental law, or governmental advising.

The required courses provide a strong background in basic sciences. Four core courses deal explicitly with important environmental problems and illustrate the relationship between natural processes and human activities. Two skills courses ensure that students develop fundamental skills that will help them on the job market or in graduate school in the area of environmental science. Four technical electives permit a student to specialize in specific aspects of environmental sciences: Geology, Chemistry, Biology or Climate. The program is concluded with a closure experience, which may consist of a research project, thesis, internship, or senior seminar. Two of the courses for the major must be taken as upper-level writing courses, indicated by a “W” after the course number.

Note: accepted course substitutions are provided at the end of this document.

Prerequisite Courses

BIOLOGY:

BIO 111 Principles of Biology II
(Lab BIO 117P is optional, but recommended for students pursuing the Biology track)

CHEMISTRY:

CHM 131 Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices I
CHM 132 Chemical Concepts, Systems, and Practices II

MATHEMATICS:

MTH 161 Calculus IA
MTH 162 Calculus IIA
MTH 165 Linear Algebra with Differential Equations

PHYSICS:

PHY 113 or 121 General Physics I/Mechanics
PHY 114 or 122 General Physics II/ Electricity and Magnetism

Core Courses

Choose ONE of the following introductory core courses. Students taking more than one 100-level core course may count the additional courses as technical electives, so long as they have not already taken an upper-level course in the same area of study.

EES 100 Introduction to Oceanography
EES 101 Introduction to Geological Sciences
EES 103 Introduction to Environmental Science
EES 105 Introduction to Climate Change

Choose THREE of the following. If more than three courses are taken, the additional courses will be counted as technical elective(s).

EES 201 Evolution of the Earth
EES 212 A Climate Change Perspective to Chemical Oceanography [MTH 161, CHM 131]
EES 213(W) Hydrology and Water Resources
EES 216(W) Environmental Geochemistry [MTH 141, CHM 131, EES 101]
EES 218 Atmospheric Geochemistry [MTH 161, CHM 131, one 100-level EES course]
EES 235 Physical Oceanography [MTH 165, PHY 121]
EES 236 Physics of Climate [MTH 165, PHY 121]

Skills Courses

Choose TWO of the following. If more than two courses are taken, the additional courses may be counted as technical electives.

CHM 203/207 Organic Chemistry + Lab
CSC 161 Introduction to Programming
EES 251 Introduction to GIS
STT 212 Applied Statistics for the Biological and Physical Sciences
EES 221 Quantitative Environmental Problem Solving

Technical Electives

A minimum of 16 credit hours of technical electives are required, chosen from the courses listed below. Only one of the Political Science courses may be counted as a technical elective for the major. It is recommended but not required that the courses come from a single track. The list of technical electives will be updated periodically to reflect changes in the course offerings. Substitutions are permitted with prior approval of the program advisors.

Course

Biology emphasis

Chemistry emphasis

Geology emphasis

Climate emphasis

BIO 110 or 112 Principles of Biology I

X

 

 

 

BIO 190 Genetics and the Human Genome OR BIO 198 Principles of Genetics

X

 

 

 

BIO 205(W) Evolution

X

 

 

 

BIO 225 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

X

 

 

 

BIO 247 Environmental Animal Physiology

X

 

 

 

BIO 250 Biochemistry

X

X

 

 

BIO 253 Computational Biology

X

 

 

 

BIO 260(W) Animal Behavior

X

 

 

 

BIO 263 Ecology

X

 

 

 

BIO 265 Molecular Evolution

X

 

 

 

BIO 266 Tree of Life

X

 

 

 

MBI 220 Introduction to Microbiology

X

 

 

 

PM 415 Principles of Epidemiology

X

 

 

 

CHM 204/208 Organic Chemistry II + Lab

 

X

 

 

CHM 211 Inorganic Chemistry

 

X

 

 

CHM 231 Chemical Instrumentation

 

X

 

 

CHM 251 Physical Chemistry I

 

X

 

 

CHM 252 Physical Chemistry II

 

X

 

 

CHM 286 Energy: Science, Technology, Society

 

X

 

 

CHE 150 Green Energy

 

X

 

X

CHE 225 Thermodynamics

 

X

 

 

CHE 243 Fluid Dynamics

 

X

 

X

CHE 244 Heat and Mass Transfer

 

X

 

 

EES 102/202 Plate Tectonics and Active Geologic Processes

 

 

X

 

EES 201 Evolution of Earth

 

 

X

 

EES 203(W) Sedimentology and Stratigraphy

 

 

X

 

EES 204W Earth Materials

 

X

X

 

EES 205 Solid Earth Geophysics

 

X

X

 

EES 206 Petrology

 

X

X

 

EES 207(W) Paleontology

 

 

X

 

EES 208 Structural Geology

 

 

X

 

EES 209 Intro to Geochemistry

 

X

X

 

EES 219 Energy and Society

 

 

 

X

EES 220 Intro to Geobiology

X

 

X

 

EES 222 Energy Resources

 

 

X

 

EES 231 Ice Sheets, Glaciers, Climate Change (2 credits)

 

 

 

X

EES 232 Seminar in Marine Biogeochemistry (2 credits)

X

X

 

X

EES 233 Marine Ecosystems & Carbon Cycling Modeling

X

X

 

X

EES 234 Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modeling

 

X

 

X

EES 249(W) Chemical Evolution of the Earth

 

X

X

 

EES 252 Marine Geology

 

 

X

 

EES 255(W) Planetary Science: Geologic Evolution

 

 

X

 

EES 265 Paleoclimate

 

X

X

X

EES 266 Ice Core Records of Climate and Environmental Change

 

X

 

X

EES 270(W) Vertebrate Paleontology

X

 

X

 

EES 274 Seminar in Paleoceanography

 

 

X

X

EES 283 Sedimentary Basin Analysis

 

 

X

 

EES 288(W) Geometry & Mechanics of Thrust Faults

 

 

X

 

PSC 239 International Environmental Law

X

X

X

X

PSC 243 Environmental Politics

X

X

X

X

PSC 246 Environmental Law and Policy

X

X

X

X

PSC 247 Green Markets

X

X

X

X

STT 203 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

X

X

X

X

STT 213 Elements of Probability and Mathematical Statistics

X

X

X

X

STT 226 Introduction to Linear Models

X

X

X

X

STT 241 Applied Multivariate Analysis

X

X

X

X

Closure Courses

Four credit hours are required. This requirement can be fulfilled by one of the courses chosen from the following list or by finishing a Senior Project with environmental content (selected in consultation with the Advising Committee). The senior project can be carried out in any department willing to offer such a project, but must have prior approval from an EES faculty member

EES 307 Advanced Seminar on Climate and Environmental Change
EES 312W Research in Ocean Biogeochemistry
EES 313(W) Research in Ocean Biogeochemistry II -2 credits
EES 319W Energy Decisions
EES 320(W) Sustainable Systems
EES 360 Environmental Geology in the Field and Laboratory
EES 391(W) Independent Research
EES 393(W) Senior Thesis
EES 394 Internship in Environmental Sciences

SUGGESTED COURSE SEQUENCE FOR B.S. IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

Note: This is a suggested sequence only, which can readily be changed in the first two years. An alternative sequence would be, for example, to take BIO in the first year and to start with the initial EES courses in the second year.

First Year

MTH 161 MTH 162
CHM 131 CHM 132
EES 100 level course or Elective EES 100 level course or Elective
Elective or Writing Writing or Elective

Second Year

MTH 165 BIO 111
EES core course PHY 121 or 113
Skills course EES core course
Elective Elective

Third Year

PHY 122 or 114 EES Core course or Technical elective
EES core course or Technical elective Technical elective
Skills course Elective
Elective Elective

Fourth Year

Technical elective Closure course or Elective
Closure course or Elective Technical elective
Elective Elective
Elective Elective

Acceptable course substitutions:
- MTH 141-142 for MTH 161 or MTH 141-143 for MTH 161-162.
- CHM 171Q+173Q for CHM 203+207

AP credit for prerequisites and the introductory core course can be found at https://www.rochester.edu/college/ccas/AdviserHandbook/AP.html.

Transfer credit for required courses is accepted in accordance with rules of the department offering the course, for technical electives on a case-by-case basis after consultation with a faculty advisor.